Your Message is in your Voice
We’ve all heard the old adage, “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.”
This is especially true when it comes to making your audience feel what you are feeling. The proper use of your voice can emphasize and strengthen every message you deliver.
Energy – The Verbal ‘Oomph’
It all starts with the energy you are putting out. Without enough energy, a speaker can come across as dull and lacking sincerity and credibility.
On the other hand, excitement is contagious. If you want people to get excited about your business or idea, you need to sound excited. Audiences can hear your passion that’s evident in your voice and they’ll become just as passionate about what you’re talking about.
Vocal Variety Matters
Nobody wants to be that sleep-inducing speaker who drones on in a monotone voice. If your voice conveys emotion and vitality, you’ll be able to command attention and come across as a lively, engaging and interesting speaker. Varying your pitch, inflection and pace will enable you to convey meaning and emotion. You’ll be able to paint a picture in someone’s head and make your ideas come alive through your voice.
Do a Sound Check.
Is your voice up? Is it high? Is it down? Is it low? Does your speaking rhythm change according to the different ideas and emotions you’re discussing? Is your pacing slower when you want to emphasize on certain ideas and faster when you are building excitement? If you’re fully vested in what you’re saying, you pitch and pace of your speech should change naturally.
Power of the Pause
What you are about to hear is going to be profound. Pause…
Did I have you wanting to hear more? There’s great power in the pause when it comes to connecting with an audience. The pause gives people a brief moment to get ready to digest what’s coming next and is one of the most effective tools used by great speakers.
Make your Voice Heard
Learning effective verbal skills will help your audience fully understand your message, share your feelings, and act upon what you’re trying to get across to them.
To make sure your voice is really supporting your message, work with a personal communication coach to prepare for your next presentation. You can also attend our High Impact Public Speaking and Presentation skills program that includes verbal training and the whole list of steps for preparing for an important presentation.