Look outside the box
In general, it is advisable to think outside the box and to be informed about current developments in politics, culture, sports and business.
This is particularly important in intercultural situations, because consultants are often understood here as representatives of Germany.
Thus, professional idiocy can be avoided to a certain extent, as it not only enlarges its range of topics, but also develops its active and passive vocabulary.
The own expressiveness should be optimized in writing and verbal constantly, it would be wrong to believe that this process is completed at some point.
Above all else, working on the direction of one's own communication is to separate only phrases and text chunks and to produce social noises is not enough.
It is central to want to achieve something by means of entirely individual forms of communication, which are effective and above all goal-oriented.
Find a good consultant
If you want qualified feedback on your own communication behavior, you should look for a good coach or consultant.
Common today are very different forms that do not always require a personal presence; Consulting by mail and telephone is now common practice. This does not have to take a long time and therefore becomes very expensive, an occasional 'technical stop' is usually sufficient.
What brings professional help
Above all, time and money should be invested in concrete further education in conversation and speech skills, that is to participate in seminars, events, trainings.
The topic should be broad, soft skills are also advisable in the broadest sense Sense such as Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, yoga (among other things because of breathing work).
How to find a good trainer?
For this, one should look for coaches who work very individually, in rather small groups. Such a trainer,
- that he does not send an agenda weeks before the event, but waits until he has seen the participants for the first time,
- that he does not make recipes but makes suggestions,
- and that he does not react immediately to questions and problems, but first says nothing and thinks.
6 tips for better speech
Many of these phenomena are habitual, that is, they are trained, trained and therefore can be unlearned again, often with little effort.
What remains surprising: why has a teacher or lecturer never pointed out the subject? The following points describe standards or refer to norms and answer the question: What should be mastered?
Articulation = normalized, check in pronunciations. There, for example, one finds that it is actually [kings], not [kink]. Central to the articulation of the sounds of the German language are large-scale mouth movements, so you have to do something right, if you want to be understood. Otherwise, someone sounds quickly whispered, almost mouth-lazy, especially if he also 'swallowed' all the final syllables.
The goal is an intonation (= melody line) that is rated as 'interesting'; the voice 'works' at different pitches, appears very flexible and therefore not monotonous and boring; you can imagine it like singing notes on a sheet of music.
This also prevents the stereotypical questionnaire at which, at the end of each sentence, whether it fits or not, the voice goes up. Problem: there is no standard that is verifiable or can be learned.
The emphasis on the individual words of the German language is meticulously regulated.
4. speech rate
The goal here is to be able to vary, ie to be able to speak faster or slower, depending on the requirements in the concrete communication situation.
Especially in speeches, for example, this is an important factor with which the attention of the audience can be influenced. Especially beginners, as well as consultants, who rarely work with larger groups often tend to speak very quickly.
You can realize a few breaks in a presentation or many, short or long breaks and - very important, because rarely mastered - exciting and solving breaks. The goal should be that the breaks do not just happen to the presenter, but that he wants to have them in a certain place - so that the audience gets the chance to understand him even better.
By the way: Exciting pauses mean that the voice (in the middle of an utterance or at the end) stays 'up' and maintains the tension with the following very short break. Solving pauses are the opposite, the voice moves down the end of the utterance and releases the tension with the following pause. - Difficulty: For most people, breaks are a matter of courage!
6. Pay attention to the indifferent situation
The so-called indifference situation is of crucial importance in the topic of voice; in this area the voice is indifferent, so not stressed, does not tire so easily. It sounds pleasant, neither too high nor too deep, everyone can listen well.
A trained ear can recognize deviations from the indifference situation immediately, for the speaker himself is difficult, the diagnosis is more a matter for experts. Thus, men's voices are often too deep in exposed situations - for example, in front of the public.
Indications that something should be done, can always be a strained and hoarse-sounding voice, frequent vocal, malaise ', Räusperzwang.
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