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I have always been really interested in learning different and often useless skills and have recently started a YouTube channel documenting this, here is my first small scale challenge: learning to spin a ball on my finger.
Reading will help you broaden your vocabulary so you can add some 3 syllable words to sound real smart. A big part of speaking is the inflection in your speech. When speaking you don’t want a monotone voice the whole way through as it will bore people, so changing the tone of voice will make some more inclined to listen. This is why comedians don’t give deadpan delivery when doing something like stand up, and instead go for very over the top delivery to let people know what they’re saying is a joke. Not speaking is also a good skill to have, as a second of pause to collect your thoughts will come across as more sophisticated then saying “uuuuuuum” the whole time you’re thinking. The absolute best thing you could do is to try and accomplish your goals with random conversations you have in day to day and take note of what you thought did well and what might’ve made you come across in and unfavorable light.
I’d like to speak in a more educated and pleasant way. I have problems breathing through my nose which doesn’t put me in a good spot to begin with, but I also speak low and mumbled. How can I improve?
I was in the exact same boat as you. Low-pitched combined with mumbling is a good technique to be misunderstood. My problem was that I spoke too fast unconsciously.
I try to pronounce every word just a tad bit clearer (and in extension, slower) and it really helped me.
For your vocabulary and so on, professional stand-up comedians can break down a story in such a way that it's relatable and funny. The way they word everything (including non-verbal communication like eye contact etc), you can incorporate some of their nuances in your daily casual conversations.
To speak in a more educated way, first of all know what you're talking about. Spewing some bullshit with fancy words here and there won't work unless you're a politician. Watch debates, read books, ... Basically getting exposure to the level of English you're aiming for
Thanks! I appreciate the help! I’ll try to remember these.