Voice tone and speech techniques are partners as performers of your spoken words. You may have a most melodious voice with a varied inflection rising and falling, and a tone that captures the mood of your message. However, if that tone is clouding the actual clarity of the words and they sound muffled in your song of passion, then your audience will not understand your message intellectually, logically, or emotionally.
The challenge to become expert speakers and presenters is to find that balance within you. One half of your balance scale is filled with exercising technically your speech articulators of tongue, lips, teeth, palate, and jaw. By the use of warm-ups you will keep them awake, rehearsed, and in top shape. The other half of your balance scales hold the voice pitch and tone that has been freed of monotone; but has been rehearsed to contain flexibility of range to enrapture your audience.
Balancing the two of these critical elements is the art of a fine speaker who not only is the master of his craft but the mover of his message. Actors have to create this balance every time they enter the stage to become part of the mix of their own voice tone and speech techniques with the audience’s evolving reactions to create a lasting emotional impact for all.
Think of the skilled man who is a cement mixer who has learned his trade from the stage of how to mix the cement to the texture process with the correct amounts of water, cement, timing, and stirring, to his final pouring, spreading, and smoothing out the roughness. His masterpiece ends in a level surface for others to walk upon.
If you want to be sure your message is getting through as a speaker follow a recipe of these three key steps:
Step 1: Rehearse your articulators muscles with tongue twisters, poetry reading, passages from Shakespeare so your vowels are full and your consonants cut through crisply. These are your ingredients to give your speech the structure and clarity of form. Practice makes you sharper.
Step 2: Free you vocal tone with varied inflection, high and low pitch, and pointed emphasis to capture your thoughts and emotions to release to your audience. Extend your range as you sing high or low in tone. Extend your variety of word inflection rehearsing your words or phrases in opposing tones, such as, happy-sad; light-dark; angry-calm; and serious-funny to reveal varied interpretation to reflect mood. These components are supported by breath control to give you the richness and variety to your content.
Step 3: Mix together in balance the previous two steps so one does not override the other. Keep your mind alert for the right balance. This gives you the smoothness of your final performance with a tuned instrument (your voice) for that spontaneous standing ovation from your audience.
Your mission will be achieved. Just remember to tune-up your parts to enhance your message.
Your audience will be happy to hear you and you will have delivered a charismatic speech.
Brenda C. Smith is the author of “Ten Steps to Unlocking Your Voice: a Supercharge Method to Power and Profit” which isa complete easy to-follow system™ to achieving a powerful voice and presence available at www.VoicePowerTraining.com Brenda coaches speakers, trainers, coaches, executives, and entrepreneurs who want to boost their presentations from ordinary to extraordinary with specialized voice sound, drama, and media enhancement skills. Contact Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org
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