Speak with the right pace using phrases, pitch & pauses
After coaching hundreds of people on the American accent over the the past 7 years…I want to tell you something really important that I’ve learned when it comes to speaking with the right pace.
Anyone who wants to improve the way they communicate in American English can use this technique.
Here’s the technique~
When you speak American English you need to:
- Speak using fairly short phrases
- Use pitch to emphasize the important word in each phrase
- Pause briefly at the end of each phrase
Why should you use phrases, pitch & pauses?
By speaking in shorter phrases you can control the speed of your speech.
You’ll sound more confident and in control when you do this.
When you emphasize the important word in each phrase using pitch emphasis, your listeners will immediately know which words are important.
And when you insert a little pause at the end of a phrase, you’ll give your listener a nice opportunity to process what you said.
Sounds easy, right?
The people I work with in my accent reduction coaching programs have had great success using the phrases, pitch & pauses technique. In fact, they tell me that:
- Americans understand me much better
- I feel more in control of my speech
- using pauses allows me to breathe more during talks & presentations
- I feel and sound more confident
I’ve taught the PPP technique to founders, managers, Toastmasters and lecturers. It’s a technique that everyone can use to speak American English in a manner that sounds clear, professional and engaging.
If you speak too quickly, stress every word the same way, and don’t insert pauses, your speech will sound fast and monotonous. American listeners will quickly become disinterested in what you’re saying.
You’ve seen this in their faces, right?
Learn to speak using phrases, pitch & pauses
I teach you how to speak American English using stress, pitch & pauses in my iPad book, American Accent Fundamentals.
My iBook is an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of the American accent for anyone who wants to speak American English with a pace that sounds clear, professional and engaging.