Important rules of speech writing and presenting

A couple of days ago I've taught one of my students. He is a barrister and presents his speeches in Courts. He is highly intelligent and eloquent. English is his native language. When we started working on one of his speeches, we had to cut some words, put stresses and liaisons. My student was surprised how simple rules that I taught him changed the quality of his speech. He said he never heard of these rules. He encouraged me to write a blog about rules of speech writing and presenting.

Bellow is the list of main rules of speech writing and presenting:

1. Never start a sentence with a preposition "and". 

2. Stress the most important words that contain the meaning and the essence of a sentence. As a rule we stress numbers, names, strong words like "never", "not".

3. Write short sentences and use short punchy words. There is a difference between a written and a spoken word. It' is fine to use long sentences if you write a PhD thesis or a scientific article for a magazine because readers can read it several times if needed. But if you speak in long sentences, then your listeners might feel lost in words and lose the plot. Thus you might fail to deliver your message. Very often when I help to prepare speeches I often cut 30% of words. I would like to give you an exercise:

a) Write your speech, then record it.

b) Read your speech again and delete unimportant words. Record this speech again using pauses and stresses correctly.

c) Compare these two speeches.

You will find rules and practical exercises for speech in our apps "4Ps, Power, Pitch, Pace, Pause" and "Fluent English Speech". They will help you to make your speeches impressive, powerful and interesting.

Yours

Olga Smith

A purpose of "small talk"​

As a typical Russian I was rubbish at "small talk". I found it boring and useless. I want an instant connection on a deep level. For me, small talk was a waste of my time. A typical small talk is usually about the weather, current events or immediate surroundings, so superficial and meaningless, I thought.

I was wrong. Small talk does have a purpose. It is a great opportunity to size up the other person. We see their gestures, hear their accent and make an eye contact. It helps us decide whether we want to carry the conversation any further. Recently I was talking to a friend, a CEO of a consultancy company, he says that it's enough for him to say hello and shake hands with a person in order to understand if he can work with them.

In the UK, your accent speaks louder than words, it is a sign of your cultural background, education and social status. Once people hear your accent, to coin a phrase, they put you in a box. People make judgments immediately.

This fact explains why RP (Received Pronunciation, which in the past was called Queens English, Oxford English or BBC English is still an accent people want to learn. This accent is simply a shortcut to sound neutral and educated. Elocution, articulation and other vocal techniques help you to enhance your powers of communication further and cultivates strong presence. Once you have strong presence doors open people want to be around you, have business with you, you get a better job and a higher salary , and we can continue this list.

With our accent apps, books and lessons, it usually takes only 1-3 months to learn RP, and the benefits are priceless and will last you a lifetime. To listen to free lessons from our audio accent books visit: http://www.batcsglobal.com/products/

Follow a good example with a new accent app

Hello,

Many people are coming to us to fix their English, because they learned it with bad pronunciation and as a result their social and professional lives suffered. We had people with degrees in English Language, but their speech was too quiet and unintelligible, because they didn't know how to project their voice, how to pronounce English sounds correctly, etc. When we asked how it happened they told us that the main focus in their study was on English grammar, reading silently and writing.

We think, that the best way to master English speech is to listen to native speakers who have Received Pronunciation (RP or Oxford English), repeat after them and memorise phrases rather than separate words. But it is not always easy to find someone for that. Nowadays many native Brits speak with regional accents and their speech is not the best example to follow if you want to be understood globally.

We have the solution for you: we have published a new accent app on the AppStore: "English Accent for Beginners”. It contains essential English words, phrases and short snappy sentences, amusing verses, rhythmic and articulation exercises and passages, all of them so useful and easy to repeat.

With this accent app you can:

·       Listen to the same phrase/ sentence/verse to master the English sounds of RP a few times;

·       Repeat and record yourself, imitating the actor’s pronunciation, intonation and the stresses;

·       Compare your speech with actors on the app.

Yours

Olga Smith

The best way to start speaking English

Hello,

The most fun and useful part about learning English is to communicate well: to understand others and to be understood.

The best way to get there is to listen, repeat and then record yourself. We created a new Kindle and Audible pronunciation course for beginners called “Get Rid of your Accent for Beginners”, by Linda James and Olga Smith.  It is quick and easy. You will overcome your fear to speak English, learn many useful phrases and much more! Within just 3-4 weeks you will understand most of what others say and speak in a way so that others understand you!

 4 tips to start speaking English fast:

1.Listen to the same phrase/ sentence/verse to master the English sounds a few times;

2. Repeat by imitating the actor’s pronunciation, intonation and the stresses;

3. Record yourself, play back your recording and note down your mistakes;

4. Listen, repeat and record again words with mistakes until you get rid of them.

Best of luck to start speaking good English!

Yours

Olga Smith

Here is the link to the Audible version:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-Rid-Your-Accent-Beginners/dp/B07F19T1QS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1530175718&sr=8-2&keywords=get+rid+of+your+accent+for+beginners

Here is the link to the Kindle version:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-Rid-your-Accent-Beginners-ebook/dp/B07DT3DFZ9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530175695&sr=8-1&keywords=get+rid+of+your+accent+for+beginners