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November 20, 2018

November’s Monthly Speaking Tip

Give people a chance to adjust to your accent. Everyone has an accent — at least, when someone else is listening. Luckily, TED has a global audience and is very comfortable with hearing different varieties of speech. That said, speakers can make their accents more accessible to listeners all over the world. Gina Barnett’s advice: keep your opening sentences slow and over-enunciated, so the audience can adapt to the way you speak. “Our ears are trained to adjust to accents,” says Gina Barnett, TED speaker coach.

Here are other TED tips to prepare you for your Speakers Bureau presentations.