Speak in a professional, articulate way. You could be a billionaire, a glamorous sex symbol, a superstar athlete. Not great news for a business owner who is trying to establish his or herself as an industry expert, is it? Luckily, there are ways you can consciously, carefully clean up how you speak. Take a minute and review the following.
Ask yourself if you are guilty of any of the following tics and bad habits. Most people who are known for their clear, professional speaking voice are slow talkers. They take their time.
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They let each word sink in and resonate with the listener. This is especially important when you are speaking over the phone or on a Skype call. Using filler words like these makes you sound unsure, inarticulate, even unintelligent. Heck, if you Um and Ah your way through your speech, your listener may even peg you as shifty and dishonest. Make a concerted effort to not say these words. Even if it means a few awkward pauses here and there. Which brings me to….
Pausing is not dead-airing. Letting a few seconds elapse when you normally would have jammed in an um or ah is not the end of the world. In fact, it can help your listener sit up and take notice. Choose those pivot points with care.
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