TIPS from a toastmaster. Tackling project 4

Jeff McRaven discusses how he tackled project 4 of the Competent Communication handbook.

Title – The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Project 4 is all about using correct grammar. That’s simple for me ‘cause I talk goodly.  In fact, I’m probably the bestest talker I know.  Like totally, you know?

In truth, my mother was an English major.  When I was naughty, she made me read Edmund Spenser poetry.  I was a VERY good child.

The main thing here is to watch your um’s and ah’s, pronounce everything correctly, and stay away from jargon and slang.  In short, use correct English.  The best piece of advice I can offer is to stay within yourself.  By that I mean don’t try to use words you don’t ordinarily use.  If it sounds odd to you, it will sound odd to your audience.

‘Slow down’ is good advice too.  If you talk fast, you are more bound to slur words together or clip the ends of words.  That’s a sure-fire way to turn “thrust” into “thruss”.