Did you know that vowels hold the emotion of the language? The problem is that vowels can be so tricky to master for non-native English speakers, can’t they? Here is one simple strategy you can implement to shift your clarity.
Often times the non-native speakers aren’t giving their vowels enough time to complete the sound. Savour your vowels like a piece of delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, dark chocolate cake. Holding your vowels for a fraction of a second longer not only allows you to convey how you feel about the words you say, but it will also improve comprehensibility. Therefore, your audience will also be more engaged with your message. Engagement means that you have made that all-important connection – a connection that creates the possibility for you to resolve conflicts, land the job, and close the deal!
Your Tip: Read out loud for five minutes a day. Children’s stories are perfect for practicing to bring the message alive with your voice. Read it...
How can we express empathy? What are the vocal variety mechanics for this particular emotion?
Even if we are advanced speakers of English, these complex emotions can be challenging to convey authentically.
Try saying: I didn’t know how to handle the situation /\ without hurting his feelings.
Now, add a pause where you see the /\. Try saying the phrase before the /\ quickly and the phrase after the /\ slowly - how does that change the underlying meaning? Be sure to align you tone of voice and your facial expression to build trust and credibility ...and human connections with your listeners. This vocal strategy will help you to express empathy.
1. I didn’t know how to handle the situation ^ without hurting his feelings.
2. How could she possibly think ^ that I didn’t care?
Play with these sentences. This can be a fun activity to practice with kids, as they too need to understand that the way they say their...
Whether we are communicating in song, poetry, or prose, the meaning of words is deepened by the rhythm of the delivery. These rhythms are created with patterns.
Communication patterns are pervasive because they create efficiencies and a standardized quality in the delivery of our message, similar to the rationale for the use of design patterns by engineers. Without patterns, communication is confusing, inefficient, and lacks the cultural connections that are the hallmark of an authoritative thought leader.
Poetry is based on a pattern of stressed syllables, such as iambic, which produces an unstressed + stressed pattern. Music is also made up of patterns, such as 3/4 or 4/4 time. Although more complex, the spoken word utilizes patterns, as well. The spoken word conveys emotions, inferences, and salient points with stress patterns that create meaningful connections. These tones and patterns are culturally bound; therefore, this is typically the final stage in a non-native...
Get ready, set...Go! In a few months, we’ll all be standing at the starting line. Those that are prepared will blow past those who stood around wringing their hands, waiting for the world to fall apart. For highly-motivated engineers on the leadership track, this pause in the rat race is a gift to develop an authoritative cross-cultural communication style for themselves.
Those who maintain control of their career and embrace life-long learning are better poised to roll with the punches in any economy. Aligning our technical expertise with a clear, confident, authentic cross-cultural communication style allows us to speak as experts in our field, allowing us to be recognized as thought leaders – within our organization and within our industry.
Although non-native English engineers are passionate and engaged experts in the issues related to their work, they don’t always convey their passion WHILE presenting their technical solutions.