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The Power of Vocal Variety

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The Power of Vocal VarietyNo 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:

Volume:
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.

Pitch:
How high or low your voice is conveys emotion and conviction. But you need to watch how you use this, because too high can have negative connotations. It can make you sound scared or immature. Too low and you could make yourself literally choke on your words!

Rate:
Most of your speech will be delivered at a moderate rate. But occasionally you’ll want to speed up or slow down your speaking to convey emphasis, excitement or even a punch line.

These are the three main tools with in the vocal variety tool belt. But there is one other that you just need to keep in mind — vocal quality. Do your best to keep your throat relaxed so that the quality of your voice will be at its best.

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About the author

Carma Spence, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Superpowers and turning their knowledge and interests into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

With 20+ years experience in marketing communications and public relations, natural intuitive skills and certification in using some of the most effective transformational coaching tools available, Carma’s mission and commitment is to unleash the inner power every woman entrepreneur possesses so they can boldly go out into the world, transforming the fabric of people’s lives in meaningful and positive ways.

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