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Prepare for Important English Conversations by Speaking With Yourself!

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Have you got an important event coming up any time soon such as:

  • Job interview
  • College presentation
  • Meeting at work…

… and you’re stressing out over your ability to deliver during that event in terms of your spoken English?

Well, my years long experience dealing with various English fluency related matters tells me that by far the most effective way to prepare for such and similar events is by doing some spoken English practice with yourself!

The plan is quite simple (the more complicated you make it to be, the smaller the chance you’ll take the action, so keep things simple to make sure you don’t get too overwhelmed!):

  • Make a simple list of things to be discussed during the conversation;
  • Plan your answers by writing them down on a piece of paper;
  • HIGHLIGHT the key phrases and words;
  • Learn those key phrases off by heart so that you can deliver them AUTOMATICALLY throughout the interview, presentation or a meeting!

Here’s an example of a typical work-related meeting:

MAIN POINTS

  • Team performance throughout the month of November;
  • Absenteeism;
  • Pay-freeze due to the current economic climate.

LIST OF YOUR RESPONSES AND QUESTIONS

  • This month was the first one when more than 90% of calls were dealt with below the 2 minute target.
  • Some team members were reported absent due to the fault of the clock-in machine.
  • Is the pay rise for employees with more than 5 year service going to be cancelled as well?

KEY PHRASES YOU HAVE TO MEMORIZE

How you decide which bits are the key phrases?

Simple enough – those are the bits you’d find the hardest to say out loud spontaneously!

So, considering the stress levels involved during the real conversation, you may want to make sure that you can say those things you have the greatest chance to mess up!

Here’s the list of phrases:

  • Calls were dealt with
  • Team members were reported absent
  • Due to the fault
  • Pay rise for employees
  • 5 year service

Now, you have to do the utmost to memorize these key phrases because they’ll allow you to make your point even if you:

  • Make a small mistake here and there;
  • Hesitate a bit;
  • Forget some other English word;
  • Get tongue tied during the conversation.

Those key phrases are the foundation that your questions and answers are going to be built upon, so it’s really, really important to memorize them and also repeat the sentences so that you can say them out loud without much thinking.

And here’s the thing – when you do this spoken self-practice from the comfort of your own home, the stress factor is totally removed and you can experience the conversation almost as it would happen in real life.

You can pose as the interviewer (if it’s a job interview) or your boss (in the case of a work meeting), ask the question, and then answer it thus imprinting the answer in your brain.

When the real event comes up, there’s a chance you might forget the entire longer sentence, and you may say something not the way you wanted, but for as long as you have the key phrases memorized, nothing can go totally wrong!

So, embrace this concept of doing some spoken English self-practice when expecting some really important events coming up, and your chances of success will definitely increase!

Thanks for tuning in,

Robby

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  • No problem! 😉

  • Nick III

    Hello Robby,

    I suppose, it was just a bad day for me

    Now everything is Ok, thank goodness.

    Thanks once again for your very helpful website

  • Thanks a lot for your comment Luke, much appreciated!

    Yes indeed such self-practice does wonders to our fluency because it allows us to play around with English without the risk of being judged, so we can try and pinpoint out weakest spots just like you said!

    There’s plenty of foreign speakers out there like you and me who engage in frequent self-practice, and I’ve stopped considering it being something weird a long time ago. I do it pretty much the whole time, and my English only gains from it.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

    Regards,

    Robby

  • luke

    Yes, it definitely works! I often speak with myself in English trying to use some new phrases I learnt. I realized that this method works better when you imagine yourself involved in conversation with (English) friends talking about a topic which you are very interested in. You try your hardest to persuade your friend that you are right, so you need to be fluent and choose the right words to do that efficaciously.
    During this weird ‘dreaming chat’, it happens that you aren’t able to find the right words to express exactly what you mean. VERY GOOD!!
    You realize what are still your weak points this way, and what you need to learn to smooth those particular edges out.

    It may seem a chess match with yourself, and even it might sound odd to the other traditional learners, yet it works!
    Regards, Luke.