Dialect! The scourge of every speaker!!!


Dialect! No speaker ever admits that they have a dialect. Of course, when they listen to a foreign speaker they comment that the speaker has a dialect to their speech pattern. If the situation was reversed and they were speaking to a foreign audience; they also would have a dialect according to the audience. The important consideration in all of this is to remember that when you are speaking to any group, the possibility of having a dialect to your audience is possible. Having a dialect is not a problem. You must remember that for your audience to effectively hear you, you must slow your speaking and to enunciate a little more carefully. Your audience listening pattern must always be taken into consideration. A good example would be listening to your voice mail messages. Since listening to your voice message is not something that you do very often, you encounter the problem of understanding what people say. How many times have you rewound the message because you could not understand what people were saying? This is especially true when the person on the phone was reciting a callback number quickly. Experienced callers will always slow their speech down when giving a number for the receiver to call. As a speaker you must always take into consideration your audience’s native language.

And yes a southern audience listening to a speaker from Boston may consider the speaker having a foreign language, so slow down and clearly enunciate. It may seem very awkward to you but your audience will thank you!


Ok…One more question!


One goal for all speakers is to answer the unanswered question that may arise during their talk. All audiences will have questions during your speech.  Some questions are easy and some hard. The goal for you the speaker is to anticipate these questions and answer them as your speech progresses. You might say that you are answering a question before your audience even thinks of the question.  Now you could wait till the Q & A portion of the meeting but not all of the questions from your audience may be answered. Also time may run out and then there is no question and answer period. As a result your audience leaves with a feeling that they missed something. It is important to review your content and determine what type of questions can arise from your content. Not only will this review help you answer these questions but you can find more content to add to your speech as a result. One suggestion to helping you find questions is soliciting the help of others. Many times people who are not quite familiar with your content have all sorts of questions; questions that you may not have thought of asking. The good news is that this may lead to an expansion of your content and other types of presentations.

So your goal is to find these questions. Develop content to answer them. Then when you ask your audience if they have any questions, they will all shake their head no!