5 Must-Know Public Speaking Tips for Non-Native English Speakers

Public speaking is pretty tough for most people. Wouldn't you agree?

Now let's add another level of complexity. What if English isn't your first language? What if you have an accent like me?

I came to the United States more than two decades ago with okay English, and while my English has improved, my accent has remained pretty much the same. Now, don't take this the wrong way, I like my accent, but it definitely makes me harder to understand.

So, how do you become a better public speaker when English isn't your native tongue?

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

Tip #1: Speak slowly.

This is the biggest advice I can give you. It's very hard for me as well.

In my native tongue I'm a very, very fast speaker. I had to slow myself down quite a bit when I came to the United States because I realized there's just no way anybody can understand me when I'm speaking very fast, swallowing half of the words and not pronouncing the...

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The Major Mindset Shift You Must Adopt to Become a Great Public Speaker

Can you guess what the biggest mindset block in public speaking is?

If you're like most people, you're either afraid of public speaking or you're not particularly enjoying it. And nine out of ten times, it's because of a very specific mindset block.

Are you ready?

The audience is out there to judge and criticize me.

Have you experienced this? Be honest.

I sure felt this many, many times. And this thought kept on haunting me until I finally implemented a powerful but very simple mindset shift that changed things around for me. 

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

About 20 years ago, I watched a movie called The Mirror Has Two Faces with Barbra Streisand. And in it, Barbra Streisand's character is this middle aged, unattractive spinster, while the mother, who is very attractive still, is being asked on dates.

At some point, her mother asks her, “How can I go out on dates when you're sitting at home unmarried...

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How to Be a Great Public Speaker When You Are an Introvert

Can you be a great public speaker if you are an introvert?

Let's see: crowds drain us, we hate being the center of attention, we absolutely prefer meaningful conversation with one or two people over small talk with many, and we crave alone time.

This does not sound like the definition of a public speaker, does it?

Wrong. It all depends on how you take what's perceived as your weaknesses and transform them into your strengths. This is what we're diving into today.

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

There are a lot of misconceptions floating around about what an introvert is or isn't like. The perception is that we are these shy, antisocial hermits, and hence cannot be good at public speaking.

Well let's take a look at the characteristics of introverts.

Crowds of people drain our internal batteries, we are particularly uncomfortable with people we don't know, and we hate being the center of attention.

That's a tough one,...

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Nothing Compares 2 U: Prince vs. Sinead O’Connor

Both Prince and Sinead O’Connor recorded powerful versions of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Which version is better, and how it relates to public speaking? You’ll get the answer in this video.

Something pretty exciting happened in the musical world last week. "Nothing Compares 2 U", the studio version by Prince that has never been heard before, has been finally released.

And what does it have to do with public speaking? Watch this video to find out.

Hello, I'm Victoria Lioznyansky, and I help entrepreneurs overcome their fear of public speaking and transform into confident, compelling and captivating speakers.

In 1984, Prince recorded a song called Nothing Compares 2 U and then rather than releasing it himself, he gave it to his side project, a band called The Family. They recorded it, they released it, and it was kind of a B track. It was mildly popular but pretty much unknown.

And then in 1990, Sinead O'Connor did a cover of that song. She recorded the...

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