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Speech & Speaking Skills - Chapter Summary
Explore skills you'll need to communicate effectively in public speaking with help from this short chapter. Bite-sized lessons examine how vocal qualities, grammar, pace, nonverbal communication and more are beneficial to speech delivery. Completing this chapter will strengthen your knowledge and enable you to:
- Describe how vocal qualities are used to convey meaning in public speaking
- Explain the impact of pronunciation, articulation and dialect on speech delivery
- Discuss the importance of proper grammar and pronunciation in public speaking
- Share ways to maintain a regular pace when speaking
- Provide tips for identifying and correcting errors in spoken English
- Detail the role of nonverbal communication during speech delivery
Access any number of lessons in this chapter based on your desire to refresh or expand your speech and speaking skills knowledge. All lessons are available in video and transcript formats and can be viewed using any computer or mobile device with Internet access. Check your understanding of the lessons you view by taking multiple-choice quizzes. To get a comprehensive review of this chapter, feel free to take the practice chapter exam.
1. Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking
To keep your audience engaged, it is important to consider vocal qualities like volume, pace and pitch. These qualities are what keep your speech not only interesting but also engaging. Learn about vocal qualities in this lesson.
2. Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking
The speaker's culture and habits often have much to do with the vocal traits of a speech. Thus, pronunciation, articulation and dialect are three very personal aspects of speech delivery.
3. Grammar & Pronunciation in Public Speaking
Using proper grammar and pronouncing words correctly are as important to the delivery of a quality speech as the content itself. Errors in sentence structure, word use and articulation will distract your audience and affect your overall speech delivery.
4. How to Pace Yourself When Speaking
It's perfectly normal to start talking faster when you're nervous, but it does make you harder to understand. Here's how to get it under control and maintain a regular speaking pace.
5. Identifying & Correcting Errors in Your Own Speaking
It's not always easy to hear mistakes in your own speaking. In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for improving your own spoken English even if you don't have anyone else to practice with.
6. The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery
When delivering a speech, your body movements tell almost as much about your message as your actual speech. Eye contact, body orientation, posture, facial expressions and gestures play into how your audience perceives your message.
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