Good Presentations: Voice

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In good presentations, voice intonation and variation help engage the audience. Properly use the voice for good presentations with tips from a teacher, presenter and facilitator in this free video on public speaking.

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I'd like to talk now about giving presentations in terms of how you use your voice. Right now I'm talking as if I were talking on the phone to a friend of mine and clearly this kind of voice isn't going to work for a presentation. Here are the reasons. In order to deliver the message to your audience, which is what we said earlier is key to making your audience feel their time is being well spent. If you are going to engage your audience by passionately delivering your message then there has to be energy in your voice. There has to be intonation and variation in your voice. You cannot get energy intonation and variation in a quiet voice. It's that simple. Even if there's intonation in your voice it doesn't really sound like it. It sounds like a monotone and we all know how quickly we fall asleep in a presentation when the presenter is talking in monotone. OK. So what do you do instead? Speak so loudly that you sound to yourself like you're shouting. You will not sound to your audience like your shouting. I promise you that. I've tested it hundreds of times. You'll sound like you're energetic to your audience. In seeing thousands of people present and hearing them get feedback literally two were told that they were too loud. Two out of thousands of people; do not ever fear that you are too loud. Sound like you are shouting to yourself, make sure that you vary your intonation, in other wards I don't want you to get up there and just shout like some people do on infomercials, but it's a conversation that you're speaking so loudly that you sound like you're shouting to yourself about something that you're passionate about. So intonation will automatically arise from the subject and how you feel about it. In order to avoid uhs and ums; which a lot of people are very nervous about. Close your mouth, gather your thoughts. If you close your mouth uhs and ums and like and you know won't come out of your mouth. Typically people say uh, um, like, you know, because they are gathering their thoughts. You are allowed to gather your thoughts. The audience does not expect you to have all the information all the time. Just don't fill that time with non words. Close your mouth, gather your thoughts, go on and you'll be great in your outstandingly good presentation.


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