Posts Tagged ‘vocal variety’

A small task

February 28, 2009

jukebox on whiteThis week I have a small task for you. I would like you to choose one of the three options below to complete.

Option 1

Find your favorite piece of music and listen to the piece, write down why you like it. Do you like the tempo, the highs and lows is it the chords that are used or the words? Think about what attracts you to this particular song.

Option 2

Watch your favorite movie and as above, write down what you like about the story, is it the characters, is it the drama or excitement, how does the story start and end.

Option 3

Read your favorite book, poem or story and as with the film look at where the story starts, how are the characters described? what words are used and how does the story end.

You may be wondering why I’ve set you this task but over the next few weeks all will be revealed. We’ll be looking at why particular pieces attract us and how we can use similar principles and styles in our public speaking.

Keep speaking – Carrol

Voice exercises

February 7, 2008

A short while ago I read a great article on voice exercises that Dr Morton Cooper uses for strangled voice therapy. The exercises can assist you to find the sound of your real voice through pitch and range. I have tried the exercises and will be using them before I give a presentation on a regular basis.

Have fun and try them out!

More on how to protect your voice

February 4, 2008

On my last blog we looked at how to protect your voice when it comes to speaking in public. Today I thought I would create a list of things to avoid when it comes to your voice and speaking.

  1. Smoking – we all know that smoking is bad for us but smoke can irritate your vocal chords
  2. Alcohol and caffeine – these two drinks can dehydrate your throat and your body
  3. Dairy products – dairy products may increase mucus production in the throat
  4. Fried foods- fried foods can leave a coating on your vocal chords which could affect the sound you produce
  5. Over use – avoid shouting, if you have a large audience please use a microphone.

Follow these simple suggestions and you are well on your way to protecting your voice.

How to protect your voice

January 25, 2008

If you are speaking on a regular basis, taking care of your voice will be a high priority. Today I thought I would share a couple of tips to help protect your voice.

1. Drink plenty of water – this will rehydrate your vocal chords

2. Warm up your voice before speaking – this can be done by humming or singing

3. Pause regularly during your speech

4. Breathe from the diaphragm

5. Maintain your posture

6. If speaking to a large group, use a microphone

7. Don’t clear your throat, instead take a sip of water or swallow

8. Rest your voice as much as possible.

These tips will help you to protect your voice, remember you don’t want an aching, scratchy throat when you have to make a presentation.

Reading out aloud for vocal variety

December 17, 2007

Have you ever listened to someone give a speech and there was very little deviation in their voice? They used the same monotone voice from start to finish.

An audience will notice your voice first before they think about what you are saying.

So how can we help put more variety into our voices – Easy, read out aloud!

Reading out aloud lets you listen to your own voice. You can hear your pronunciation of words and you can feel the emotion in the words that you speak.  Your voice is your most powerful tool, this is how you connect with your audience.

It is said that how we look accounts for 55% of our message, what we say for 7% and how we sound for 38%

As a speaker you need to grab the attention of your audience with your voice. A good speaking voice should be natural, expressive, easily heard and convey a sense of warmth.

Reading out aloud is a great way to practice your vocal variety.

So what should you read to help gain this vital skill? Children’s fairytales, poetry, newspapers or books.

If you don’t feel comfortable reading out aloud, you could sing along to the radio or your ipod as this will also help with your voice.