Being articulate gives people the impression of a solid, full education and cultured mind. Improve your articulation by assessing your speaking habits carefully. Here are eight great tips on how to be articulate.

1.  Know your subject to be articulate

Speak on matters where you are able to bring more clarity to others or help add to the discussion. Speaking from a desire to add something insignificant or irrelevant will not add to your perceived level of articulation. Allow others to speak about things in which they are an expert, and add to that discussion through articulate questions.

Be willing to quit sharing when you move outside your current knowledge. Avoid rambling. If you do not have anything useful or important to say, keep your mouth shut! No one has ever complained about a meeting that ended early.

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2.  Eliminate verbal pauses

Words such as um, er, a, like, etc., degrade and detract from what you are saying. They disturb the flow of a sentence. If you have to pause, rather choose a nonverbal pause. When struggling for words, a nonverbal pause, placed correctly, gives the listener the effect of a dramatic or studied thought. It confirms your control over what is being said.

3.  Think before you speak

This helps to eliminate the verbal pauses and may prevent you from saying something that you donâ??t mean or that does not make sense. Avoid aggressive speech and profanity. Crude language never heightens anyone’s opinion of the speaker.

4.  Expand your vocabulary

Using a variety of words that mean the same thing creates more interest and colour in your speech. Reading aids your vocabulary, elevates your intelligence, and increases knowledge. If you do not understand the words you read, consult a dictionary or thesaurus. The key to becoming an independent articulate speaker, however, is to look up words for meaning and correct pronunciation. Reading aloud also helps with both articulation and pronunciation.

5.  Use real words if you want to be articulate

Avoid slang and contractions, and know when to use colloquialisms or informal speech. Trendy words come and go, but good English remains good English. You donâ??t need to know â??difficultâ?? words â?? many great writers use the simplest of words. Itâ??s how you put them together that makes all the difference.

6.  Use correct grammar for good articulation

Correct grammar is extremely important if you want to be articulate, if you want to be listened to, and if you want to be taken seriously. Reading well-written books will help with correct grammar. Should you still need help, enrol for a course in language usage.

7.  Try to work on being more concise

Repeating something over and over again makes some people shut down and stop listening. Make your participation in discussions as condensed as possible without being vague. State your point up front and people will know what you are trying to elaborate about. Observe your listeners carefully and stop talking at the first sign of boredom.

8.  Read well-written literature

By simply reading aloud any professional writing such as a good book, good quality newspaper, or well-researched article you can instantaneously improve your articulation.  Reading aloud will strengthen your voice, improve your pronunciation, and youâ??ll gain knowledge at the same time!