A presenter’s voice is one of their greatest assets. This means that voice culture is a crucial aspect of preparation for any presentation or speaking event. It requires 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 to 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 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 refused. The choir master insisted and I joined out of courtesy. 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 why I failed the school pre-selection test! I was not a good soprano but a good tenor! Indeed, I did well as a tenor in the church choir!
Way back in primary school I failed 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 presentations and speaking events. 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 presentations and speaking events.
- 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! Be natural, speaking clearly and audibly, project your voice from the diaphragm, pace your speech for impact, vary and undulate your voice for effect and emphasis! Use that voice to make your presentations more effective!
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