These are a bunch of exercises for improving your speaking
ability. Most can be done alone, the rest are simple enough that
you can go bug a partner, coach or even your parents if you dare.
Practice reading cards, slowly at first, and over enunciate
Put a pencil in your mouth, hold it with your teeth and speak as fast as you can*
Use tongue twisters, especially those with Ss or
Pitch and breathing:
Stand with a chair chest height and arms straight out, the chair will correct your diaphragm and help you to breath correctly.
Whenever you think of it, concentrate on your breathing. Your
stomach should swell as you breath in, not sink.
Say abadee (ah-baa-dee) fast, remember clear and clean breaks between syllables
Open mouth to an exaggerated degree in order to articulate
Tap a pencil or your foot to get a rhythm, try not to miss beats
SPEAK to very rhythmical music, Mary had a little lamb or Twinkle Twinkle little starworks well, and little kids think its hysterical (great if you baby-sit a lot)
Read ahead a few words
Ignore your stutters, dont go back and correct them only
if won't draw attention.
Mark words for emphasis in the brief
Try not to raise volume or slow down for enunciation, listen
to yourself, youll be surprised how much you do that.
Read as loud as possible--youll want an empty house for
this, theyll think youre in pain.
Practice giving speeches in a whisper
Read Aristotle or the classifieds, its so boring that it makes you work only on your technique
Dont EVER drink milk or heavily sugared products
LEMON JUICE IS A NO-NO, I will strangle you if I catch you doing that.
Tape yourself and play it back, itll sound funny at first, but youll get used to it.
Have someone help you with a stop and go speech, basically every time you goof the listener will stop you and make you correct it. Youll be so annoyed that youll fix it simply cause you are going insane
* I wouldnt do this before going into a round, it will end up doing more damage then good.