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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 talks about ways to use it:

In review, it is important to use the natural variety of your voice to keep the audience engaged, to emphasize points and to make your speech more interesting to listen to. You can:

  • Speed up
  • Slow down
  • Speak up
  • Speak low

Do this strategically and in alignment with the rhythm of your speech, and you’ll do well.


The above video was excerpted from two 45-minute workshops I facilitated for a group of teens and young adults. I am available to speak to your group, both in-person and virtually, on a variety of topics. For more information, visit www.carmaspence.com/speaker.

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Carma Spence, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. She is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, a certified life coach, science fiction writer and poet. She is able to see people's brilliance and help them bring their genius to light. The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides creative entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding and online presence, as well as the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.