Conversational Language

Sometimes, when giving a speech or presentation, it is more effective to engage with your audience with what seems to be a conversations. Using colloquialisms is one way in which you can achieve this style of speech giving. This video focuses on what colloquialisms are, why they’re effective, and how to use them.


· What are colloquialisms?

· Should you be colloquial while giving a speech?

· What does it mean to speak colloquially?

· What are the advantages of using colloquialisms?

· How can you use colloquialism to form a conversation with your audience?


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Let’s talk about a fun word. Colloquialism. Yeah, I’ll say it again. Colloquialism. When we speak colloquially, we use common everyday words, saying, slang, jargon, clichés. Those are things that go into and create colloquial language, but many people think when they’re giving a presentation that they shouldn’t be colloquial and that’s just not the case. Of course, you need to analyze your audience beforehand, but for your average audience situation you’re going to want to use language that shows your audience that you understand them that you can relate to them, and sometimes colloquialisms help you do that I look at the colloquialisms and integrating them into a presentation more as a conversational style. A give and take with you and the audience. Some of the best presentations I’ve ever seen have used that conversational style to interact with their audience or at least pose hypothetical questions.

Using the colloquialisms in your presentation actually mirrors that conversational style better, makes you appear less like somebody on stage, and more like someone truly interacting with your audience.


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