Speaking clearly on the phone or in any situation in English requires good breath control. Every language uses breath differently. Deep breathing in American English will help to project your voice without the use of a microphone, and additionally will help us to:
While some languages and cultures admire a soft-spoken personality, the most successful people in the US have a commanding, approachable and louder voice than you may be used to. Study your clients or American colleagues. How does their voice sound? If you are able to record them (with their permission, for training and confidential purposes), study their patterns, try to mimic them. What do you notice?
In the meantime, spend a few minutes watching the below video that demonstrates breathing exercises you can use to improve your Spoken English and also articulation and pronunciation. Feel free to share your observations in the comments section below.
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