YOUR VOICE SPEAKING
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Your audience judges you from the moment you
stand up to speak. If you are dressed well and are neat and clean, their
initial impression of you will be positive.
However, if your voice is squeaky, your words unintelligible, or your voice
too loud, their positive impression quickly will become negative. If you
want to communicate effectively and positively influence your audience, you
must pay special attention to your speaking voice.
How to Improve Your Speaking Voice
By Lilia Scott: One of the most important components of public speaking
is the sound of your voice. It will influence the impact of your message,
and possibly make or break the success of your speech. And, for many people,
good voice quality can be learned
Improve Your Voice
1 .Breathe from your diaphragm. Practice long and controlled exhales. When
you speak, use breath to punctuate your point. For example, take a breath at
the end of each phrase whether you need to or not. Use that opportunity to
pause and let the listeners absorb what you say.
2 .Moderate your volume. Find out if you speak too loudly or too softly.
When you begin speaking, ask your audience how your volume is (each
situation is different). Try to stay at the appropriate volume throughout
3. Moderate your pace. This one is also closely related to breath. If you
speak too quickly, people can't keep up. If you speak too slowly, people
will lose interest. Record your speech to determine if you need to change
your pace. Get feedback from others.
4. Use pitch. Lower pitches generally are more soothing to hear. However,
modulating your pitch for emphasis will keep your listeners engaged. Develop
your pitch by practicing humming.
5. Articulate. Try exaggerating your lip movement to reduce mumbling.
Practice articulating tongue twisters and extending and exaggerating vowel
sounds. Become an expert at articulating tongue twisters as quickly and
crisply as possible. Focus on the ones you find difficult.