No one wants to listen to a presentation delivered in a monotone. Tone, pitch and volume all convey meaning … and they help keep the audience engaged. That’s the power of vocal variety.
But, like all powers, vocal variety is a tool that can be used to both make your presentation more powerful … or just plane confusing. It is the finesse with which you use vocal variety that can make or break your speech.
Use too little and your audience falls asleep.
Use too much and your audience wants to run away from you!
Here are some tips for making vocal variety work for you:
How loudly or softly you say things adds emphasis. For example, when you suddenly say something louder than the rest of your presentation, you wake up the audience. You startle them into paying attention.
Lower your volume and you make them lean in toward you to take it all in. Lowering volume can also have a calming effect.