ElocutionBECOMING A TOP SPEAKER
How we impact other people in private conversations or by public speaking depends a lot less on our verbal abilities, that is on WHAT we say, than on the non-verbal factors like body language, voice, articulation and eye contact. HOW we speak and present ourselves determines whether we are going to be acknowledged as competent and credible.
Even when we do not utter a word and do not wish to communicate anything at all, we are subject to relentless interpretation and public scrutiny. We are considered insecure when we stare at the floor, nervous, when we bite our nails or disinterested when we cross our arms. If we want to communicate successfully in private or professional life, we have to acknowledge these unconscious communicative signals and learn to handle them. Stable body posture and commanding presence project greater charisma, while appealing facial mimic and body gestures evoke interest and attraction. Speaking with clear “deep voice of conviction” increases credibility and clout, while clear articulation ensures intelligibility. Competent speakers who have a good command of vocal techniques and elocution skills can face any public speaking challenge. This is far more effective than aspects related to one’s physical appearance as these can swiftly be chipped away at as soon as one utters a word.