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.