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Communication Skills: Clarity

There are many reasons people seek out a speech
coach, but all of them usually fall into three broad categories: clarity, confidence and
credibility. Every client that walks into my office is concerned with at least one of
those issues, and every improvement we seek is aimed at reinforcing those three critical
traits. Clarity is often considered with regard to
content, structuring your thoughts in a logical manner and choosing the right words. But good
communication requires more than just language. It takes more than just your mouth and your
brains. To communicate well, you must do more than
just say the words. You must make sure your listeners get the message. It’s easy to overlook
that final phase of the process when you have the advantage of knowing what you’re about
to say, before you’ve said it. Don’t assume you’re being clear just because you’ve said
the words. Here are some common obstacles to clarity.
Addressing these issues will ensure you have the communication skills to be consistently
and easily understood. Fast rate is one of the most common causes
of unclear speech. Vowel sounds get shortened and words become a jumble of consonants. Slowing
the speed of your speech gives you time to form sounds accurately and gives your listeners
time to absorb what you’ve said. Learning to breathe deeply while speaking is one of
the most effective strategies for slowing down naturally.
Mumbling often goes hand in hand with fast speech. When you speak quickly, your mouth
doesn’t have time to open very far, so speech sounds get distorted being squeezed through
your teeth. Practicing jaw and tongue relaxation creates more openness in your mouth and encourages
more precision in the formation of vowels and consonants.
A quiet voice often contributes to a lack of clarity. When you’re not putting enough
sound into the room, your listeners have nothing to work with. Using more breath, feeling sound
vibrations in your body and inviting your voice to fill the room will generate more
power, without straining. Remember, your voice will seem louder to you than it sounds to
your listeners. Get used to it. An accent can make it difficult for others
to understand you, especially if it’s combined with a quiet voice or fast speech. Learning
to master a few strategically selected language skills can produce dramatic improvements in
clarity. But, before you invest in accent training, make sure you’re speaking slowly
and projecting well. In many cases that’s all that’s required to get the clarity you
need. Failure to speak clearly is not a minor inconvenience;
it has serious implications for your personal image and professional success. When people
struggle to understand you, they eventually ignore you. Addressing the common underlying
causes enables you to communicate fluently and distinctly. Enhancing clarity not only
strengthens your communication skills, it improves your image and makes others more
responsive to your message. For more exercises that will help improve
your clarity, click the link in the description box and enroll in the free video mini course,
The Sound of Success.

8 Replies to “Communication Skills: Clarity”

  • sir, i have asthma and I often find myself running out of breadth while speaking. As a result, I lose out on modulation.. how to overcome this problem

  • sir I have speech problem when I doing discussion something doing conversation with friends while I lost my vice I don't what to do I already follow some tips but that doesn't works what can I do more 😏

  • thank you very much sir I will try those exercise & give me some more advices people's makes me fun when I doing communication so I need your help always stay blessed you

  • I have a soft voice I always feels shy of the way it sounds I wanna manly voice Sir so I won't be bullied in school please help Sir

  • my voice clarity is very bad,even sometimes I am also not understand what I speak,how do I overcome my this problem , some of my friends said While speaking I am not open my mouth completely and little bit faster also. I am also not good in word pronounciation . Please help me .

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