How to Finish Speaking without Feeling Awkward

Jun 20, 2018 | 20 comments

Does this happen to you? You are almost finished speaking in English and you don’t know how to show that you’re finished. So you say, “Umm, that’s it.” Or “I don’t know what else to say.” Or, “I’m done.” Do you struggle with how to naturally finish speaking in English? 

You’re not alone. In fact, this has become a common question among my Fluency School students. If they have that question, I’m sure you do as well.

The good news is, there are much better ways to show that you’re finished talking about your ideas or sharing comments. And when you do it correctly, it helps your listeners know they can start to talk.

This is an essential skill in English communication. This helps to create effective turn-taking. In other words, it helps everyone to participate in a conversation more easily, without any awkward silences.

In today’s video, I share with you 4 easy-to-use strategies to finish speaking in English with confidence.

Avoid the “Umm, I’m finished” and instead, end your English comments with confidence.

Lesson by Annemarie

Summary of Strategies for How to Finish Speaking in English

In the video, you learned 4 simple ways to use your voice or use language to facilitate turn-taking and show that you’re finished.

  • Use falling intonation in your voice
  • Slow down and pause often in your final sentence
  • Use tag questions or ask questions to bring someone else into the conversation
  • Use language to summarize and indicate that you’re finishing your comments

At the end of the video, I had a challenge question for you; I’d love to hear from you!

I gave two examples where I said the same sentence twice but I used my voice differently. Can you tell me in which example I wanted to show that I had more to say or I was still thinking and in which example was I indicating that I was finished?

The two sentences were:

  1. I couldn’t believe it.
  2. What a crazy day.

Share with me in the comments section below. That’s the best place to join the conversation, learn from others in the community, and get feedback from me.

Have a fantastic Confident English Wednesday!

~ Annemarie

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