Over the course of the last few years I’ve come up with a great number of English fluency management strategies ranging from slowing down your speech to trying to speak as fast as possible and trying to make as many mistakes as you possibly can.
There’s also such fluency improvement techniques as:
- Proving to yourself that you are in fact a fluent English speaker by way of logical argumentation
- Developing a certain degree of IGNORANCE towards other people’s opinions
- Accepting your current English fluency limitations
- Clearing your mind completely and speaking without any emotional involvement whatsoever
And, to tell you the truth, up until recently I thought I’d looked at every possible angle of the English fluency issues leaving no stone unturned.
I was under the impression you couldn’t possibly think of something fluency improvement related that I hadn’t already written on my blog or made a video about!
But guess what?
I proved myself wrong!
A couple of days ago when I was doing my usual spoken English self-practice, I did something that radically improved my fluency with an immediate effect.
And that SOMETHING was something so simple that it blew my mind!
I mean – how come I hadn’t thought about it throughout all these years while constantly speaking with myself and trying out everything imaginable starting from speaking with a hard foreign accent and ending with focusing on certain key sounds to get my fluency back in check?
Alright, let’s not try and keep the suspense going because the tile of this article gave it away anyway – basically what I’m talking about here is speaking LOUD. And I mean – REALLY loud, just like Rich Piana does in his YouTube videos!
I Was Emulating a Well-known YouTuber and… Presto!
Here’s the thing – from time to time I become really fascinated with certain YouTube personalities (by the way, here’s some foreign YouTubers worth checking out!) and here’s what I do as I go about my daily business:
I EMULATE THEM
I just can’t help it – I start behaving like them, and obviously I’m trying to sound like them.
And, by the way, it’s not just about YouTube personalities – sometimes I would become really immersed in a movie character or something, but guess what?
I has helped me greatly over the years!
There was this time when I was watching “GoodFellas” (I’m sure you’re familiar with this mobster classic?) every so often and it actually helped me to get over a hump in my always fluctuating English fluency – you can read about it HERE.
Anyway, going back to the original subject – lately I’ve been fascinated with Rich Piana and his character.
And it’s not just because he’s a freaky bodybuilder, what I like in particular about him is his honesty and sense of humor and so I’ve taken to watching his daily YouTube videos and quite naturally I’ve started to speak like him when doing my spoken English self-practice.
So it happened so that on that particular day I was struggling with my fluency a little bit, and the moment I started speaking like Rich Piana does, my fluency just went back to normal!
What way does he speak, you may ask?
LOUDLY and CONFIDENTLY!
And what’s really funny about this whole situation is that I had been actually speaking in this very loud and confident manner before – it’s when I was recording the Fluency Gym Coach Program videos.
As a matter of fact, I was emulating another very charismatic person – Tony Robbins – at the time and I actually remember being able to speak very well during my video recording even on my bad fluency days, but it’s only know that I realize why it was happening!
I was speaking really LOUD!
WHY IT WORKS
Loud Speech Tells Your Brain That You ARE a Confident Person Thus Making Your Speech More Fluent
I think we all agree that when we go through bad English fluency phases, we become less confident which in turn leads to an even worsening fluency – it’s the so-called vicious circle.
Now, when you start speaking LOUD it inevitably makes you BEHAVE more confidently and it has an immediate effect on your speech.
You start radiating authority, you start looking like a really confident person and it also creates an image of a stronger personality.
And I believe that all those things taken together send signals to your brain that YOU ARE that kind of person. And make no mistake – this is not just some bullshit that I just came up with, this is how human psychology works.
I’ve read about this before and basically it’s how we can change our mood and emotions through our behavior, it’s science my friends!
Anyway, this time around it’s our fluency that we’re trying to change, and if you know a thing or two about how our fluency works after reading my blog, you won’t be surprised if I were to tell you that our ability to speak well is directly linked to our emotions.
It’s all in our heads, so once you start speaking like you’re on top of the world, like you’re the top-dog, then your ability to speak changes accordingly.
So basically by speaking louder and exhibiting more assertive behavior, you’re forcing yourself to speak more fluently through the body-mind connection.
Loud Speech Suppresses the Mind Chatter And Clears Up Your Speech
Do you know the feeling when you’re trying to say something in English, but it feels like there’s a hundred different voices speaking in your head which makes you unable to utter a normal sentence – let alone hold a decent conversation?
This feeling has been described by some as a room full of jumping and screaming monkeys running wild.
Also, it can be described as the so-called mind chatter which represents the constant flow of thoughts crossing your mind which in turn is nothing but you constantly second-guessing yourself and trying to figure out which of the hundred different ways of saying something in English is the right way.
So, what happens when you speak really loud is – you simply SUPRESS that inner voice messing with your thoughts.
Come to think of it, I’ve actually known for a long time that just thinking in English isn’t enough, you have to speak out loud in order to be able to think clearly, so it’s kind of weird that I never thought about stepping it up a notch and speaking REALLY LOUD as a way of making my speech even more fluent.
But hey, at least I figured it out now and I can pay it forward to you guys, right?
Extra Tips & Tricks on How to Apply This Fluency Strategy in Real Life
Do It When You’re Completely On Your Own
Now, I assume you know very well that spoken English self-practice is crucial when it comes to your fluency development, right? (if you don’t – please watch this video here!)
So, there’s no reason why you couldn’t practice your English in a really loud voice provided that there’s nobody to hear you speak!
Typically such situations would occur when you’re:
- Driving in a car on a freeway
- Finding yourself alone at home
- Being in nature and there’s no one else to be seen for miles
… you get the drift, right?
Basically make sure no-one can hear you and speak out really loud to your heart’s content!
Try to Emulate Some Charismatic Movie Character or a Real Person
This English fluency management strategy works best when you’re trying to pose as some really powerful, charismatic person that you know, that you like and that checks the following boxes:
- They carry themselves very confidently
- They speak in a loud, booming voice
- They radiate power and authority
For me it is Rich Piana.
I know you may hate him, but please realize that we’re all different and someone else might adore what you find repulsive!
For you it could be someone like Tony Robbins, Arnold Schwarzenegger or someone you know personally – it doesn’t matter who they are for as long as they inspire you to speak in a loud and confident manner.
You Can Also Adopt This Kind of Speech When Speaking With Others!
I had to make a few phone calls the other day, so I decided to adopt this kind of louder, more confident speech when on the phone.
And guess what?
Obviously, I wasn’t screaming and shouting at the person on the other end of the line, but just because I was speaking that little bit louder and more confidently, I could manage the conversation better.
I guess at the end of the day it all boils down to how confident you are when speaking, so even if your actual voice doesn’t change that much, all you have to do is make yourself FEEL more confident, that’s all that really matters.
So am I saying don’t speak louder when engaged in conversations with other people?
No, not at all – the point I’m trying to make here is – when speaking with others you probably won’t be speaking as loud as when doing spoken self-practice, but you can still bring that self-confidence and assurance in real conversations by speaking just a little bit louder and forcing yourself to behave in a more assertive manner.
So, that concludes today’s article, and obviously – if you have any questions about it, please publish them in the comments section below!
P.S. Would you like to find out why I’m highlighting some of the text in red? Read this article and you’ll learn why it’s so important to learn idiomatic expressions and how it will help you to improve your spoken English!
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