This episode of the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast features Carma’s interview with Nancy Daniels, a voice training, voice improvement and public speaking solutions expert. Podcast Highlights Length: 16 minutes, 29 seconds Being a voice coach, Nancy Daniels obviously believes in the power of your voice. But she is also […]
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This episode of the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast features Carma’s interview with Emory Mulling, the chair of Mulling Corporation and someone who is an expert at career transition and executive coaching, and has been for the past 25 years. Podcast Highlights Length: 10 minutes, 1 second Do you have […]
Part 4 of 4 videos from Carma’s WMA presentation On October 22, 2013, I was one of three panelists sharing information about speaking in front of an audience at the Western Museums Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California. In this excerpt from my part of the presentation, I […]
Have you ever listened to a speaker who spoke in a monotone? It is not a pleasant experience, even if you do fall asleep part way through! Vocal variety is an important aspect of giving an effective presentation. And this video excerpt from a workshop for teens about public speaking […]
By Featured Speaker Nancy Daniels
Has this ever happened to you? You stand to give your speech or presentation; and, when you begin speaking what comes out of your mouth is higher in pitch and quivering to boot. So what is to be done?
In most cases, nervousness is the cause of the quiver. (There are some voices, however, that quiver whether one is nervous or not.) There is a means of eliminating the quiver that works even when you are nervous.
Personally, I like nervousness. It is that wonderful rush of adrenaline that, if used to your advantage, can give you an edge in public speaking. What I don’t want, however, is for your nervousness to be seen or heard. The quiver is definitely telling your audience that you would rather be somewhere else.
A quivering voice is the result of stress and pressure on your delicate vocal folds (cords) and throat. Nervousness exacerbates the problem. By learning how to breathe with the support of your diaphragm and allowing your chest to become your primary amplifier, you will find the quiver disappearing automatically. It is truly amazing to see and hear this happen.
By Featured Speaker Arvee Robinson
1. Getting there late.
Walking frantically into a room full of people who have been waiting for you to arrive can be an embarrassing situation. Unless you are a magician, you might as well turn around and leave. It would take a miracle to get this audience to forget the inconvenience you have caused them. They probably have already passed judgment on you, deciding you’re an inconsiderate speaker rather than a viable expert in your field. Make the extra effort to arrive at least 1/2 hour before the event begins.
2. Apologizing before you start.
Starting off your presentation with “Uh, I’m sorry that I . . .” is the quickest, most assured way to lose your audience’s attention and leave them cold. Remember, YOU are the expert and true experts have nothing to be sorry for. The audience doesn’t care if you have a cold, woke up late, got caught in traffic, or tripped on a banana skin. All they care about is what information you’re going to give them that will benefit them in the shortest amount of time. Remember Love Story-“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”