Thursday September 18, 2014
Quick Tips For Using Your Voice Effectively
by Speaking Tips | June 14, 2004
Here are eight quick tips on using your voice effectively in a speech, presentation
or training session.
- Make sure you speak loud enough for the audience to hear you. Nothing is worse
than having to strain to hear a speaker present. So, before you begin a presentation, have
someone stand at the back of the room and tell you if you can be heard.
- Don't shout into the microphone. Conversely, if you are using sound amplification
equipment, avoid the temptation to speak loudly. Before you begin, have the sound technician
adjust the amplifacation so that you can be heard clearly while using your normal voice.
- Avoid speaking in a monotone. The easiest way to put an audience to sleep is by
speaking in the same tone of voice for a long period of time. Instead use your natural
speech patterns with their variations in pitch.
- Change your delivery pace. By speaking at different speech rates for short
periods, you can add energy and animation to your speech pattern. Observe the way you
speak during a normal conversation with a friend or colleague. You will notice that sometimes
you speak quickly and while at other times you slow down.
- Slow down for important points. By slowing your speech rate while delievering
your key points, you can convey emphasis and importance.
- Use the pause. Silence is an excellent exclamation point. By slightly extending
a pause, you can add emphasis to a key point in your presentation. The best presenters plan
their pauses to achieve maximum impact!
- Drink water. Before your presentation, drink a glass of water. This can help
prevent potential voice problems during your presentation. Keep a glass of water at the podium
and take a sip of water as necessary during the presentation.
- Check out the national news. News anchors provide some of the best examples of
effective voice usage.
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