Do you have trouble expressing your ideas when you speak English?
The wise and super intelligent people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching problem frequently tell me this:
Susan, I often have trouble expressing my thoughts and ideas fluently. This is really frustrating! Sometimes I don’t even say things at meetings because I’m afraid I’ll mess up.
Fluency & confidence
It seems like fluency in speaking and confidence go hand in hand. If you don’t sound fluent, you don’t feel or sound confident.
- You hear yourself struggling
- Others hear you struggling
- The situation gets uncomfortable
Then you take a back seat, even though your ideas are insightful, money saving and relevant.
How to speak more fluently
When I work with people on their American English communication skills, I teach them to speak more fluently by using THE THREE P’s METHOD for speaking American English.
Susan’s THREE P’s METHOD for fluent American English
- Phrases ~ Speak in phrases
- Pitch ~ Use pitch emphasis on the key word in each phrase
- Pauses ~ Pause slightly at the end of each phrase
Sounds simple, right?
Well, it usually takes most people a few weeks to catch on to this pattern, but once they do….
WOW…they definitely sound more clear and more fluent!
In fact you’ll be speaking with a melody that the American listener enjoys hearing.♬
The American listener
I’ll tell you right here…if you speak in a manner that sounds choppy, monotone, word by word, with lots of ummz & ahhhz, people will tune out.☹
Once they tune out, your ideas, no matter how good they are, won’t get heard.
And when your ideas don’t get heard, everyone in your organization loses!
Learn to express yourself fluently
In my American accent training programs, I teach you to speak more clearly and fluently using my THREE P’s METHOD.
Here’s what a recent student said about those lessons.
I just finished your online course. The “phrases, pitch and pauses” method really makes sense and greatly summarizes the key to speak.
Follow this link to take a free trial lesson.
A quote for you
As you think more about gaining fluency by using pitch, phrases & pauses, I’ll leave you with a quote that I like from Marianne Williamson.
About the author
Susan Ryan is an accent reduction coach. Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.