A training facilitator’s voice is one of their greatest assets. It means that voice culture becomes a crucial aspect of preparation for the training event. A deliberate and conscious working on the voice without making it artificial and unnatural. I found out from experience that I am most effective with my voice in training when I am at my most natural.
When I was in primary school, I was so keen on joining the school choir. To make it into the school choir one had pass a pre-selection voice test. Somewhat of an audition if you like. For a couple of years in a row, I would go for the pre-selection voice test hoping to make it into the choir. I was rejected each time and actually never made it into the school choir. I subsequently resigned on ever making it into the choir and the rejection experience left me with a low opinion of my singing skills as well as the quality of my voice.
Later on in adult life I was invited to join the church choir, but I flatly refused citing my poor voice quality. The choir master insisted on my joining and out of courtesy I agreed to join. I was assigned to the tenors. I objected joining the tenors insisting on soprano but the choir master advised that he assigns people to parts on the basis of their natural voices. He told me I was a tenor and would not do well as a soprano. That is when it dawned on me that maybe I was not a good soprano but could be a good tenor! Indeed, I did well as a tenor in the church choir! And all the while I had a low opinion of my voice because I was tested while trying to sing soprano with a tenor voice!
All those years back in primary school I was trying to sing with a voice that is not naturally mine and yes, I failed each attempt because I was not being natural. The realization gave me such a relief and a boost to my self-esteem!
What is true of voice culture in singing is equally true in training presentations. Natural is best and is most effective. You can use your voice on a more sustainable basis when natural than when trying to tweak it. Here are some few tips on use of the voice in training facilitation and presentations:
- Be natural
- Speak clearly and audibly
- Speak from the diaphragm and not from the throat
- Project your voice
- Pace your speech for impact
- Vary and undulate your voice for effect
- Make effective use of voice animation
- Be emphatic
So go out there and put that voice to good use and effect by being natural, speaking clearly and audibly, projecting your voice from the diaphragm, pacing your speech for impact and varying and undulating your voice for effect and emphasis! Use that voice to make your training more effective!
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