[Vocal Variety Part 1] The Medium of your Message
On the Public Speaking journey, there are so many challenges we will need to overcome to become the master. Let’s imagine you are a warrior on the way to conquer the final boss, along the way you will encounter different situations and meet with many others fellow warriors, and may learn of other masters as well. Let EIY be your guide from now on, in this journey together.
The Medium of your Message
Your greatest tool as a speaker is your voice. When you speak, your voice is the primary link between you and your listeners. It is the medium of your message.
Before thinking about how to use your voice to speak in front of an audience, let’s see how much impact your voice can apply to normal social situations.
Imagine a conversation between you and your manager, where you make a pitch about a new product.
Will he be impressed and interested if you speak about it in monotonous voice, without emphasizing on any of the new features or functions, like you just read a piece of paper:
Or he will be much more engaged if you can use your voice to force him to listen more closely, a bit of emphasizing here and there to make him focus on what you want him to hear:
A good, controlled voice is an asset in every contact with others. Your voice mirrors your personality with a language all its own. A natural voice which projects cordiality, cultivation, and authority is a significant tool for personal success. It can help in gaining promotions, making sales, winning others’ respect, and improving your social opportunities. *
Your voice plays an important role in rendering your message. You cannot hope to persuade or influence others – or even get them to listen in a positive way – if your tones are harsh and unfriendly.
Most likely, with enough practice, you can improve your voice and control it effectively, to develop the sort of voice that wins favorable attention, and reflects the qualities or messages you wish to share.
Your goals as a speaker should be to develop a voice that is:
- pleasant, conveying a sense of warmth
- natural , reflecting your true personality and sincerity
- dynamic, giving the impression of strength
- expressive and never sounding monotonous or emotionless
- easily heard, with the use of proper volume and clear articulation
That’s should be enough for our first part of Vocal Variety on PUBLIC SPEAKING JOURNEY.
Come back again next week for second part to learn about what kind of voice you have and how to better improve it!
(*): Toastmasters International – Tips for Adding Strength and Authority to your voice