How to Practice Elocution Poise & How to Attain It

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How to Practice Elocution Poise & How to Attain It
Reach your audience through elocution poise. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Lack of confidence may mean the difference between being heard or being virtually ignored. Elocution poise is one answer to this dilemma. The art of public speaking -- particularly voice production, delivery and gesture -- known as elocution is a practical skill that may be used in both and social settings. Improve your voice, the main vehicle for communication, through use and practice. Voice training helps you achieve authority, clarity in speaking and an interesting and pleasing voice, all of which define elocution poise.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Dictionary
  • Recording device
  • Mirror
  • Practice partner

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  1. 1

    Consult a dictionary to learn how to pronounce words and which syllables to stress when speaking.

    How to Practice Elocution Poise & How to Attain It
    Expand your vocabulary with the dictionary. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  2. 2

    Speak words clearly with proper enunciation, sufficient volume and at a reasonable pace.

    How to Practice Elocution Poise & How to Attain It
    Clear speech involves confidence, tone and articulation. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Do not slur expressions or run words together.

  4. 4

    Use a tape recorder, digital video or compact disc to record yourself as you read material or speak publicly to see and hear areas that need improvement.

    How to Practice Elocution Poise & How to Attain It
    Speak clearly and listen for grammatical errors. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  5. 5

    Hold your head up, and open your mouth sufficiently as you speak.

  6. 6

    Relax your neck, jaw, lips, facial muscles and throat muscles.

  7. 7

    Combat nervousness by thinking before speaking and then saying complete sentences without stopping. These two steps help your speech become more fluent.

    How to Practice Elocution Poise & How to Attain It
    Fear of rejection or self-consciousness causes nervousness. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  8. 8

    Speak aloud to yourself while observing your posture and demeanour in a mirror.

    How to Practice Elocution Poise & How to Attain It
    Preview your presentation. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)
  9. 9

    Practice speaking with someone who speaks well. This person can offer advice and help you make necessary adjustments in your speaking manner.

    How to Practice Elocution Poise & How to Attain It
    Practice audiences build confidence. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)
  10. 10

    Listen carefully to good speakers, and write down words being pronounced differently from how you pronounce them. Examples of good speakers include news anchors and talk show hosts like Oprah Winfrey.

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    Practice speaking aloud five to 10 minutes each day to build confidence. Elocution poise is achieved when you speak to an audience and do not have undue anxiety, when you experience a measure of comfort and when you have established rapport with your audience.

    How to Practice Elocution Poise & How to Attain It
    Daily practice is essential to attaining elocution poise. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Keep in mind the feedback received from your practice partner as you hone this skill.
  • Look past your audience; you'll feel calmer and it will still appear as though you are looking directly at them.
  • Scan your audience periodically to avoid a blank stare look and to connect with them.
  • Do not imitate other speakers. Authenticity is lost if you are not yourself.
  • Avoid the use of word whiskers such as "and-uh", "an uh," "now," "and then" and "you see."
  • Omit regressions, which occur when you begin a sentence, interrupt yourself midway and then repeat a portion of what you already stated.

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