Help me learn to speak better
February 11, 2007 9:11 PM Subscribe
How can I most practically improve my speaking voice? In everyday conversation I often mumble, slur words or speak too fast. I am not looking on ways to become a better public speaker, but to improve the articulation and speech patterns of everyday conversation.
posted by geoff. to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
I always admired those who had a very patrician sounding voice, but I have no delusion of becoming a Barack Obama.
I do assume that it is possible to have at least a pleasant sounding, articulate voice that I cannot cringe at. I do also assume that it can be corrected with practice and study (as there are a number of expensive, academic looking textbooks on Amazon catering to what appears to be mostly actors). The textbook method seems to academic and rigorous for me, at least without a teacher to make sure I am on track.
Is simply recording my voice on a tape recorder, reading passages, and trying to keep to what I perceive as a good voice the best course of action? I would like to sound as natural as possible of course, and don't want to turn into Dwight from The Office with his over-pronunciation.
I should note that I have a natural Midwestern accent, if one would call it an accent at all.