In my research on effective communication for non native speakers, I came across an article about Vikas Jhingran.
Vikas is an engineer at Shell Oil.
He’s also the 2007 winner of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.
Jhingran’s philosophy is this~
Good public speaking is best accomplished with an emotion-based approach.
In other words, you need to understand what your audience is about.
You need to appeal to their emotions when you speak.
You need to connect with your audience.
The power of emotion
I agree with Jhingran on the power of emotion in public speaking.
When I think about inspiring speakers such as:
- Steve Jobs
- Vic Gundotra
- Sheryl Sandberg
I’m effected by their emotion and confident delivery as much as by the words they use.
However, non native speakers who want to excel in public speaking, in order to achieve in Toastmasters or move forward in their careers, usually need more specific pronunciation training.
Specific instruction on American English pronunciation
Non native speakers of American English also need very specific instruction on
- how to speak with a good pace
- how to use syllable stress
- how to use the correct vowel sounds
- how to articulate tricky consonant sounds
As a past member of Toastmasters, I agree with Jhingran’s philosophy.
in my in experience coaching non native speakers to communicate with clarity and confidence, I know that specific training on pacing, syllable stress, and articulation are critical if you want Americans to understand you.
Public speaking for non native speakers
If you’re a non native speaker of American English who wants to become a clear, confident and engaging public speaker take a moment to see how my programs will help you do that.
In my training programs I use specific instruction and video case studies of great speakers including Steve Jobs, to teach you how speak English in a way that Americans will respect and understand!
Free trial lessons are always available.
About the author
Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.
Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.