Ending your sentences on the upswing is what I call the Valley Girl sound. Basically, it means that your statements sound like questions. It may be cute for 16-year-olds, but it definitely does not lend credibility to a professional image.
If you are ending your sentences on a pitch higher ... Views: 19
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One of the most important elements of effective communication is the ability to think on your feet and adapt quickly. What better way to do that than discovering the tools and techniques inherent in Improvisation - and what city knows Improv ... Views: 54
There is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal, by the same title, about the charismatic influence your voice can have in your professional life. Having analyzed the voices of leaders in countries such as Brazil, France, and Italy, scientists have found that those who exhibited ... Views: 40
It may seem hard to believe, but you are not stuck with what you hear on recording equipment. You have a richer, warmer, more mature-sounding voice inside of you.
Most people rely on their throat and vocal cords to do the majority of the work when speaking. However, when you change your ... Views: 30
Does this sound familiar? You hear a recording of your voice and you cringe? Perhaps you are embarrassed. Well, you are not alone. Most people do not recognize what they hear on the recording because it does not sound like the voice they hear in their head.
Unfortunately, the voice on the ... Views: 46
If you have ever been ticketed for a traffic violation, you are aware of how expensive tickets can be, but what you may not know is that by hiring a traffic attorney when dealing with traffic law and the fines with which they are associated, you actually have a fighting chance at contesting your ... Views: 47
If you have ever been ticketed for a traffic violation, you are aware of how expensive tickets can be, but what you may not know is that by hiring a traffic attorney when dealing with traffic law and the fines with which they are associated, you actually have a fighting chance at contesting your ... Views: 41
Color refers to those various effects in speech which give life to your delivery. Another way to describe color is the emotion and the animation heard in your voice and seen in your body language and facial expression when talking.
The interesting thing about color is that you don’t want too ... Views: 53
As a voice coach, I hate the word loud when it is used in conjunction with the speaking voice. Loud hurts your listeners’ ears; and, over time, loud can hurt your throat. I don’t want you to speak louder – I want you to speak with more power, with an increase in your volume which is not ... Views: 70
One of the best ways to build your business is to talk about it.
It's not just talking to your clients or prospective clients that helps your cause. Taking the conversation to a bigger stage can give your business a significant boost.
Talking to larger groups as a speaker can establish you ... Views: 62
While it is true that most people do not like to hear themselves on recording equipment because they do not like or recognize the sound of their speaking voice, there is another group of people who are also surprised by their lack of clear diction. And it does not just happen to those in which ... Views: 73
One of the most fascinating things I find on television or in the movies is that everyone’s speech is clear and understandable. Whether the actors are playing hoodlums or heroes, whether the characters are from Harlem or Park Avenue, they all speak distinctly. This particular characteristic is ... Views: 80
When you increase your volume, does your throat hurt? If you root for your favorite sports team, is your voice hoarse the next day? Perhaps you have no voice by the next day. All three of these situations are known as vocal abuse. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, then you are not ... Views: 87
In the present modern world, everybody needs to learn how to speak effectively by standing before the audience. Irrespective of the job or position, you may be required to make a speech on one day on some particular topic or concept before the audience. So, each one of us must improve our public ... Views: 97
When I first heard the phrase, ‘imagine your audience is sitting in their underwear,' I thought the speech coaches who suggested this were kidding. But they’re not. They are serious. They believe that by focusing on this visualization, you will eliminate your nervousness.
The last thing ... Views: 82
Whether you are a musician or a quarterback, an actor or a public speaker, nervousness is indeed something you should embrace and not something you should try to eliminate. Seasoned professionals in their field – be it athletes, musicians, actors, clergy, or public speakers – all experience ... Views: 87
For 5 months of the year, my garden is brown, lifeless, and dull. Were it to remain colorless through the rest of the year, I would have no passion or interest in gardening.
That which makes the voice interesting to listen to – by means of your vocal variety, facial expression, and body ... Views: 110
How To Become An Excellent Public Speaker
By Dr. Yomi Garnett
Speaking to an audience can be a nightmare for most of us. However, there is an amazing, yet simple secret to speaking brilliantly on a podium. Here it is!
An Amazing Secret!
Whether you are speaking publicly for the ... Views: 93
Absolutely not. Some people talk a bit slower; others a bit faster. However, there is a general rate of speed which everyone should fall within. This rate of speed lies somewhere between 140 and 180 words per minute.
Whether you are on the podium or just in conversation, your listeners ... Views: 113
When you hear your voice on a recording, what first comes to mind? Would you say that your voice is wimpy, weak or too soft? Perhaps it is throaty, raspy or hoarse. Do you find it higher in pitch than you thought? Maybe you sound too young. You may find it breathy or whispery or the exact ... Views: 132
One of the most interesting comments I have heard from my clients was a man who said that he really loved the sound of his voice but he didn’t like how he sounded on recording equipment. What this man did not understand was that the way he hears himself in his head is not his true sound. And ... Views: 143
Your visual image makes a statement; your verbal image makes a statement. But what about your vocal image? Have you ever considered what the sound of your speaking voice says about you? When we hear a rich, resonant, deep voice, like that of Catherine Zeta Jones or James Earl Jones, we are ... Views: 163
There is much debate as to the idea of thanking your audience. Some suggest never doing it while others recommend it be done as your parting words. There are even those who prefer that you thank your audience twice, both in your introduction and in your closing.
Thanking your audience in ... Views: 126
As a people, we are concerned about the image we project. Certainly in business we want to project a professional image. Does your speaking voice complete that image or does it detract? By the way, I’m not talking about the voice you hear in your head. I’m referring to the sound you hear on ... Views: 151
You do it when you talk to your friends, your family, your colleagues, and even the clerk in the grocery store; however, you may not be doing it in public speaking. What am I talking about? The pause. That moment in time when you stop speaking ever so briefly, categorize your thoughts, and ... Views: 141
Imagine a voice that can captivate your listenersâ€¦
Imagine a voice that sounds more matureâ€¦
Imagine a voice that can be projected without hurting your throatâ€¦
Imagine a voice that doesnâ€™t embarrass you on your voicemailâ€¦
Imagine a voice that is heard in conversationâ€¦
Imagine a ... Views: 197
Recently I attended my stepson’s wedding and when the best man stood to speak, not only could we not hear him, but he also did not know his material. Stuttering and stammering, this unprepared young man made a fool of himself. He knew it; we knew it; and, we all suffered. It was embarrassing ... Views: 195
One of the exercises I provide for my clients is to read a nonsense paragraph, making it interesting for the listeners by means of color and tone. Color refers to the vocal variety in your voice as well as your facial and body language. Tone, on the other hand, deals with the vocal expression ... Views: 256
When you need to speak with more volume, do you know if you are yelling or are you projecting your voice? If you are like most people, you probably yell to be heard. The problem with yelling is that it is hard on your throat and vocal cords. And, it can also be hard on your listeners’ ... Views: 276
You’ve practiced your script; you know your material; you’re excited about your upcoming speaking engagement; your delivery is very strong. However, your audience’s reaction to you is less than stellar. What went wrong? Why didn’t they enjoy your presentation?
There are many reasons why ... Views: 226
Some years ago, Barbara Walters interviewed Kathleen Turner, commenting on Turner’s “low, wonderful voice.” The actress responded that she could not understand how a woman could spend thousands of dollars on her clothing, hair, and makeup and not spend some of that money on her voice, as she ... Views: 282
Gaining your audience's attention at the beginning of your presentation is crucial for two reasons: your audience will remember the first things you say (primacy effect), and they will decide to stay engaged with you. Here are 4 ways to start your presentation on the right path for ... Views: 239
A presentation skills coaching client recently landed a radio interview. She was excited because it would help her build her business, but also nervous because she had never been interviewed on the radio.
After we got done celebrating, here are the 8 tips that I shared that will help her ... Views: 339
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy which has its roots in the Toyota Production System and focuses on creating customer value while eliminating waste.
These principles have been applied to many industries and services. And as a presentation skills coach with work experience as a ... Views: 323
Your voice is a key part of your presentation delivery. And having a tired, hoarse voice can negatively impact your presentation.
I’ve conducted many training programs where I’ve had to present for five or six hours a day for five days in a row. And I’ve also sung in choirs and as a ... Views: 337
When you’re giving a presentation, it’s crucial that you don’t go over the time limit.
Whether you’ve set it yourself or have agreed to a time limit set by the meeting organizer, you need to prepare so that you can cover your topic within that time limit. No one will usually complain if ... Views: 300
Someone in a recent presentation skills training program asked, “How do I project my voice and also, project authority?”
It's a great question because your voice is an important part of your presentation and should communicate that you’re confident, knowledgeable and engaging.
Here are 7 ... Views: 325
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy which has its roots in the Toyota Production System and focuses on creating customer value while eliminating waste (in Japanese, "muda"). Building on the original 7 wastes that Lean identified, here are the 7 wastes that you should eliminate from ... Views: 261
When you are preparing a presentation, an important question to consider is: Do I really need to use slides?
The answer, of course, is it depends. It depends on your purpose, your message, the time limit, the audience and the technology available. Consider the question carefully before you ... Views: 260
If you’ve decided to use slides in your presentation because you believe they will help your presentation, it’s crucial to think about what to include in your slides.
Resist the temptation to write your script out in the slides. Not only is that boring for the audience to see slides full of ... Views: 249
One high-stakes presentation that entrepreneurs have to give is in front of potential investors. While it can be intimidating to present in front of people who can fund your business, service or idea, following these 6 tips will improve your presentation and make it more likely that the ... Views: 286
Did you know that your vocal cords are an organ? And, just as the other organs in your body need good nutrition, plenty of sleep, and the avoidance of smoking and drugs, your vocal cords do as well.
Consisting of two small bands of muscle, the cords were previously thought to act like the ... Views: 272
The number of adult voices I hear which sound like teenagers, preteens, or younger still is astounding. Add the familiar Valley Girl sound to the picture and you have an image which does not project maturity. I am not talking about sounding old. I am talking about a voice which you would call ... Views: 297
If a persistent sore throat or chronic hoarseness is something you are experiencing, you need to find out the cause. If you don’t, it will likely get worse and possibly result in serious damage to your vocal cords. What I am talking about is vocal abuse and it is becoming more and more ... Views: 256
I hear it all the time. People complaining that their voice is boring; that it lacks excitement or emotion. Let me ask you a question. If you feel this way about your voice, can you give yourself permission to show some emotion, to allow for some excitement in your expression?
You may find ... Views: 318
When creating your material for a speech or presentation, it is important to consider ethics in what you say because your integrity depends on it. Your ability to establish a career as a public speaker will be determined not just by a dynamic delivery but by several other factors as well. Is ... Views: 235
A motivational speaker could be anybody! A graduate of a university with several MBAs, a world traveler, a celebrity or a navy seal. What truly makes a motivational speaker a motivational speaker is their willingness and ability to motivate and help others.
So what do these people do when ... Views: 272
If others ask you to repeat yourself – a lot – is it because your diction is not clear? Too often, those who are asked to repeat themselves are not being understood because of unclear or indistinct articulation or diction.
There are certainly several other reasons we are asked that timeless ... Views: 268
If you want an image that exudes confidence, one of the things you should do is to stop the rise of your inflection at the end of your sentences. I call this the Valley Girl sound or Valley Girl-ese. Unfortunately, it does not sound mature.
Inflection refers to the rise or fall of the ... Views: 301
We tend not to think about it because the voice we hear in our head sounds pretty good. When we are confronted with our voice on an iPhone or voicemail, however, we are disbelieving. It’s a little like looking in the mirror when you're 50 pounds overweight and seeing yourself 50 pounds ... Views: 330