Power Speaking Dynamics

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Power Speaking Dynamics

Building Eloquence


My last article dealt with the subject of Eloquence and its barriers.

–         Did you discover your barrier/barriers?

–         Do you want to improve, to become an eloquent, confident speaker?

–         Are you prepared to do what it takes? Then read on!

  • Build a Positive Mindset.
  • Visualize yourself giving a presentation with confidence, clarity and conviction. Picture an appreciative audience, listening intently and applauding your effort.

Do this regularly.

  • Believe in yourself, that you have in you all you need to be an effective, eloquent speaker.
  • Write down what you wish to overcome and the action needed. Take positive steps to do so.
  • Find a Mentor. Ask around, persevere until you have found on, then commit yourself fully to the journey.
  • Build knowledge. Read, attend courses on speech training, watch video clips, join a Toastmasters Club. Practise what you learn.
  • Expand your Vocabulary. Make the Dictionary and the Thesaurus your best friends. Learn a word a day and you will see definite improvements.
  • Work on your pronunciation. Every Dictionary has the IPA symbols in the opening pages. It gives the sounds that must accompany these phonetic symbols. When you check a word for its meaning, it is also spelt phonetically, and therefore shows how that word is to be pronounced.
  • Get rid of speech mannerisms. Also known as Speech Distractors or Non-words-these are the “umms,” “aahs” and “errrs’ we hear so often when people speak. Listen to the news and see how these are used in answer to a question or when explaining something. Newscasters of some well-known TV stations are among the biggest offenders.

To avoid this irritating habit, practice the pause when speaking. “Zip the lip”, find the word then continue speaking.


  • Avoid slang. It may be fashionable to say “yep’ in place of “yes” or “ ‘kay” in place of “alright” but that is not the way to eloquent speaking.

Remember, while a speaker may have excellent material for the audience, it will never get this across effectively unless the delivery is powered by the essentials of eloquence, pitch, pause and pace.

A closing thought.

“Kindness in thought leads to wisdom, kindness in speech leads to eloquence, kindness in action leads to love.”  Laozi