Preparing Your Speech – Use Easy to Understand Language – Colloquialisms and Addled Adages

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Public speaking is but conversation with more people present. And the best public speaking is conversational in style. In conversation it is common to use collquialisms and addled adages to communicate.

The aim of public speaking is to effectively communicate. By using colloquialisms and adages you can sometimes communicate more in a few words than 5 minutes in foraml English.  To be effectic public speaking it is better to use common everyday English than fancy expressions because colloquial English is the language most people use privately and are most likely to grasp.

Your audience has gathered to hear you to speak in a way that they understand, not a word perfect incomprehensible oratory. Short words should be used in preference to long ones. Even William Shakespeare supported this when Hamlet asked the question ” To be or not to be” – a huge question asked in the shortest words.

In addition to colloquialisms use adages. Unlike cliches they have not become overused. They are short sentences based on long experience. A few examples are;

If at first you don’t succeed, you are like everyone else.

Too many martinis spoil the broth

Early to bed early to rise until you have enough cash to do otherwise.

When preparing your speech use simple language. Use colloquialisms and adage where they are more effective than grammatically correct English. The only caution is that it should be understood by the audience – common sayings in one part of the world may not be used elsewhere – and it should not offend the listener.

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