While captivating an audience is a skill that takes years to develop, there are some simple ways to instantly improve your speaking and presentation skills. Here are the best ways to become more articulate:
Listen To Yourself Speak
One of the easiest ways to become more articulate is to film or record yourself and watch or listen back. When we are speaking, we often overlook the small intricacies that help us deliver the best talk we can. But, when you watch or listen to yourself, you can quite easily identify those weak spots and improve them to become more articulate.
Monitor Your Speed
People who speak too fast or too slow often struggle to be articulate. Speaking pace is a big part of sounding intelligent and getting your point across effectively. Monitor your speed, and aim for 120 to 150 words per minute to emphasize your point properly.
Study Other Speakers
There are so many great speakers out there that have been recorded and document. Many are on Ted and YouTube. Find those and learn from the speakers. Integrate what they are doing into your own talks and see a great improvement in your articulation!
Eliminate Filler Words
One of the easiest ways to stop being articulate is using filler words or not ending a point when you should. Start to eliminate filler words and things like “sort of”, “you know”, and you will instantly get a boost in articulation from your audience.
Those are some great ways to start being more articulate. I also recommend building your vocabulary through reading and research. You can also use tools like Rhymezone and Grammarly to help you with word suggestions and better grammar. Good luck!