Quick ways to improve your diction and speak better

One of the quickest ways you can improve your public speaking skill is by working on the quality of your speaking style and pronunciation.

I personally find that if my words are coming out clearer, than I feel confident about what I am saying and other aspects of speaking like pace, rhythm, and projection follow in line.

Here’s a quick trick to get quality diction fast.

Get a pen and put it in your mouth sideways positioned right in front of your third molars.

Now try to recite something out loud. It could be a speech you’re preparing, a book, or even your favorite movie quote. While you’re doing this, focus more on using your vocals (think of using your throat) more than using your tongue against your teeth. Go as SLOW as you need to, annunciating as best as you can on every word. You’re going to sound ridiculous and that’s totally fine. Do this for a couple of minutes.

Go do it now. No, seriously, I’ll wait.

Done? Okay, now try reciting whatever you used without the pen.

Amazing right? Your voice is much clearer now and you’re annunciating almost perfectly.

Another thing you can do to improve your speaking are tongue twisters. Practicing a couple every day can really make a difference.