How do I make my voice sound better when public speaking?
Your voice is an important element and can affect the success of your presentation.
The first aspect to address is to ensure that you are clearly heard. Depending on the size of your audience and noisy distractions you will need to project your voice.
Talk loud enough to be heard but don’t yell. If you need to yell, then either use a microphone or move to a quieter room. Do not strain your voice.
If you normally talk softly you can still learn to project your voice naturally. Have you noticed how loud a tiny baby can scream? A baby can do that because the baby breathes properly – from the bottom of the diaphragm which goes all the way down behind your tummy. A quick way to test your breathing is to place your hands on your waist while breathing slowly and deeply. If you are doing it right you should make yourself “fat” when breathing in.
Breathe deeply to project your voice.
To improve the quality of your voice, yawn just before you speak. Hide the yawn so the audience doesn’t think you are bored. The yawn relaxes your throat and vocal cords. Singers and radio personalities use this technique.
Another technique to prepare your vocal chamber is to hum. Do this before you get before the microphone.
Speak slower than you normally do. That makes it easier for people to hear and distinguish your words. It also keeps your voice from getting squeaky which can be annoying at the least and sound anxious.
Singers learn how to take care of and leverage their voice. So you might consider taking a singing lesson. Another option is to take a lesson from a voice coach. Those are experts who coach you directly on getting the best results from your voice.
George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com