The content of your presentation should be logical, persuasive and full of relation to your audience to ensure that it holds their attention.
They will also expect you to deliver your presentation as though you really believe in the message you wish to put across.
Here are some basic techniques which you can practise which will help you to meet these requirements of your audience.
Most people do not since day to day they we hear their own voice as it reverberates through the bones in their head, whilst others hear it straight from your mouth.
It is for this reason that you may be surprised when you hear your own voice recorded on a video or voicemail message.
When you recover from your initial surprise you will probably find that whilst it may be a little higher or lower than you expect, it is in fact a perfectly acceptable voice to listen to.
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CAN YOU BE HEARD ?
Practise speaking in a large empty room. Ask a friend or a colleague to stand at the back of the room and tell you whether you can be clearly heard. If necessary keep forcing yourself to raise the volume even though it may seem unnatural to you.
So often delegates on courses tell me that as they raise the volume it seems unnatural to them.
They firmly believe that it seems as though they are shouting. Yet the rest of the delegates always reassure them that that is not the case and that they are only projecting their voice in a way which makes it easy for the audience to hear them.
Speak each word clearly and don't allow them to trail off at the end of your sentences.
There will often be people in your audience for whom English is not their first language and for their benefit every word must be as clear as possible. If you work on the assumption that there is at least one such person in every audience you will soon find that the clarity of your speech is greatly increased.
If you practise changing the tone of your voice you will find that your audiences will respond more positively to your presentations.
Raising the pitch of your voice convey your sense of excitement.
Letting it fall if you want to make a serious point.
Initially you may think that it sounds over-dramatic but your audience will find that it adds to the impact your presentation makes on them.
There will be passages in your presentations which require you to speed up your delivery: others where you should deliver your words more slowly. You will probably find that as you seek more inflection in your voice you will automatically be introducing changes of pace for the two are very closely linked.
Often you will find in a book that words have been put in italics to make the meaning clearer for the reader. Your audience will not have a script so your voice must do this for them.
PAUSE in your speech.
Make it easier for them: allow them an occasional pause in the presentation so that they can reflect on what they have heard and prepare themselves for what is to come.
Some presenters do, of course, ignore all these techniques and achieve considerable success. The reason is that they put such enthusiasm and emotion into their delivery that they totally captivate their audiences.
But if you are telling your audience that the future for your company is exciting, you must sound as though you are excited or there is little likelihood that they will be.
Alternatively if your message is that the future is bleak unless your recommendations are implemented your delivery must convey this sense of gravity.
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Look to add more variety by using a greater range of your voice even in everyday conversations.
If you ever read bedtime stories to young children read them in a lively entertaining way which will add both to their enjoyment of the story and to the variety of your delivery.
If there are no kids to hand you can practise at home reading out aloud . Get a copy of Aesop's Fables. These are short tales that read aloud well.
Penguin Classics ISBN 0-140-44649-4 1998 translated by Olivia and Robert Temple.
Don't accept that verdict too easily, stretch yourself, practise the techniques and it may be that you surprise yourself by finding that you are capable of delivering your presentations with vigour and variety.
- Fascinating study. covering a wide range of issue associated with the voice. Quite a provocative polemic on the misuse of Mehrabian's data and its underestimation of the role of voice (7%). pages 209-212
The Human Voice - the story of a remarkable talent by Anne Karpf published by Bloomsbury ISBN 0-7475-7649-1 2006
- Interesting read - new age style- insight into how actors work their voices
2005 Publisher Hodder and Stoughton