Your voice is the vehicle that will carry the message of what you are presenting. It is like two cars – you can have an old piece of junk that clatters along or a smooth, finely tuned machine. Both will get you to where you are going, but the quality of the ride can vary greatly.
General tips on voice quality:
- Be natural. Don’t try to impersonate other speakers or announcers thinking that they have the perfect voice.
- Use vocal inflection. By introducing change to your voice, you can add variety and expressiveness to your training and it will help prevent a monotone voice. Good use of vocal inflection shows you audience that you are enthusiastic about your subject.
- Vocal tone and quality counts for 38% of your message, according to research by the Journal of Counselling.
- Rate – the speed at which you talk. A fast delivery can be used to excite and stimulate the audience. A slow delivery may help to emphasise your message, to inspire and to control.
- Pacing – not just the speed at which you speak but also the length of pauses which can be used to create impact.
- Articulation – how clearly and correctly you speak. You need to be able to pronounce words correctly and not mumble.
- Volume – neither too soft nor too loud
- Pitch – it is generally considered that it is better to have a lower-pitched voice.
- Emphasis – Emphasising or stressing particular words within a presentation can be used to make your statements more persuasive.
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