The voiceless sounds [p], [t], [k] and their voiced partners [b], [d] and [g] are categorised as plosive consonants.
Technically, a build-up of air, or air and voice contribute to the creation of the sounds via:
- both lips
- the tip of the tongue against the teeth ridge
- the rear of the tongue against the soft palate
The rapid release of air or air and voice cause the plosive quality of the sounds.
I’m sure you remember: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers…
Plosives are valuable in business communication.
They provide a crisp, sharp start, clear syllable changes and a powerful finish to words.
They foster attention and drive action when you make a strong point.
Be sure to include them when you speak.