Posted on Sep 19, 2007 | Comments 0
Variety is the spice of life and it can be suggested a lot.
Vary your daily 15 minute routines and shuffle the exercises around to custom-fit your individual, personal needs and requirements.
All areas and aspects can do with some focused and targeted practice.
Give close attention to areas like: deep breathing, voice and sound articulation and the use of your voice or instrument.
Up to 45 minutes daily can be dedicated to verbal expression exercises, projection and practice out loud.
Here are some things which you have to include in your daily life.
For the first week, new habits take time to form and establish themselves, so we suggest starting off by deep breathing exercises. This will help you relax and also become aware of your voice and activity, what makes you nervous and so on.
Only practicing inhaling and exhaling deeply repeatedly for about five minutes every day is all it will take!
Breathing from deep within you will become second nature before you know it. You can do it as you go along your daily business and execute your tasks and routines in and around the house and office.
Ensure that you are relaxed and keep your mouth closed at al times when doing these deep breathing exercises.
Take on a new breathing exercise every week and you will soon start reaping the rewards of more controlled breathing and this is a wonderful calming technique if you are a nervous speaker.
Sounds and articulation:
If you are focusing in on the area of sounds and articulation, then a set of syllables will be the logical starting point. A variety of combinations in different sequences will help you out here.
First focus is on getting the list right and then speed things up a bit. See how fast you can go, improving both speed and accuracy as you go along. Again they will become almost automatic before you know it. You will remember them better and have instant recall after a while.
You will have a nimble and able verbal and vocal tool and utility at your disposal before you know it! Responsive, flexibility will enable you to speak faster and better, with more confidence, moving your lips, palate and tongue with much more ease and satisfaction.
Discovering and honing the character of your voice will typically take a little longer. Still try and stick to one exercise in this category each and every day.
You will be done and well on your way with this development path of yours in about seven weeks. In order for you to cover all these areas and aspects some time and committed effort over the next 49-50 days will be required.
Do you have what it takes? Well the milestones and review at the 50 day mark will speak for themselves. Time will tell. The best and only advice: practice, practice, practice!
Research content for your speeches:
For content and research for your speeches, make notes, read as much as you can and highlight what stands out for your and that you remember most. Try and be as original as you can in what you write.
It could benefit you a lot to take the time to memorize some of the shorter extracts, even full portions for later. You are building your own reference library and repertoire as you are going along and soon it will become a fountain that you can easily and naturally draw on.
The discipline for a daily exercise time is essential. More essential, what you are effectively doing with that time.
To get you started, 15 minutes will go a long way to get some of the introductory and preparatory work done and under your belt. Allow some extra time for yourself to work on the things and areas that you have identified as important.
Have your own personal plan of methodical, gradual action over time. Route-markers, guidelines and milestones are great ways to track your progress. Follow the instructions very closely and carefully.
Go as slow or as fast as you are able and comfortable. Work and build on your daily progress. Keep raising the bar and drive yourself for improvement and results.
List your daily accomplishments:
Create a checklist or diary of accomplishments, daily milestones and practice every-day for life. This will become part of your lifestyle and habits.[Checklist for delivering a Speech]
Again, keep discovering and honing new aspects of your voice and speaking that you did not notice, pay attention to or necessarily used before.
Use the nuances and tones in your unique voice, which is part of and telling of you. Guard against mediocre results and/or compromise for the sake of moving ahead. Set a personal standard or excellence and work towards it every day.
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