Many people tell me that they frequently present information that find dry, boring or that’s not really their area of expertise. Well there’s a problem with this that may well be really obvious to you as you read this blog.
Vocal variety which is the loud/soft volume; high/low pitch and fast/slow speed is what you need to make your information engaging, interesting and therefore meaningful for your audience.
You may have heard me say this before: “It doesn’t matter how good your message is if no one’s listening!” That means it doesn’t matter how good your company is, how good your products and services are, or how smart you are. If no one is listening to what you have to say – they’ll never know any of it! And your expertise will sadly be a well-kept secret.
It’s critical to demonstrate enthusiasm so people will see you as committed, engaged, and meaningful. And one of the best ways to do this is to use your voice properly.
Here are five tips to help you use your voice well:
– Love your content. You can’t fake enthusiasm – it has to be authentic and from your heart or your voice will give you away.
– Use people’s names – when you do this your vocal range will kick in naturally.
– Tell stories and take your audience on a journey with you. As you present your story your voice will unsurprisingly move up and down with the highs and lows of your tale.
– Look people in the eye – your voice will automatically go up and down when you look directly at people and ‘see’ them. Vocal range (highs and lows) is linked to eye contact.
– Ask questions that elicit emotion and intrigue. You’ll find your voice is at it’s most natural when you are answering questions on a topic you love.
Plus one more for extra value!
– Use appropriate humour where you can – even try googling jokes that are tasteful on your topic area – try them on your friends first and then be brave – try them in your presentation.
All these things will help your voice do the natural, engaging thing when you speak and will encourage your audience to sit up and listen to your message. Happy Presenting!