One of the most important components of public speaking
is the sound of your
It influences the impact of your message, and might even make or break
the success of your speech. Fortunately, for many people, good
quality can be learned.
1. Breathe from your diaphragm -
long and controlled exhales. When you speak, use breath to punctuate
your point. For example, take a breath at the end of each phrase whether
you need to or not. Use thatopportunity to pause and let the listeners
absorb what you say.
2. Use pitch -
generally are more soothing
to hear. However, modulating your pitch for emphasis will keep your
listeners engaged. Develop your pitch by practicing humming.
3. Moderate your volume -
out if you speak too loudly or too softly. When you begin speaking, ask
your audience how your volume is (each situation is different). Try to
stay at the appropriate volume throughout your speech.
4. Moderate your pace -
one is also closely related to breath. If you speak too quickly, people
can't keep up. If you speak too slowly, people will lose
interest. Record your speech to determine if you need to change your pace. Get feedback from others.
5. Articulate -
exaggerating your lip movement to reduce mumbling. Practice
articulating tongue twisters and extending and exaggerating vowel
sounds. Become an expert at articulating tongue twisters as quickly and
crisply as possible. Focus on the ones you
Your speech in advance
and determine where you want to pause for a breath. For more emphasis,
pause for more than one breath. Mark your breathing points in your
7. Loosen up
Before you begin. Look side to
side. Roll your head in half-circles and roll your shoulders back. Shift
your rib cage from side to side. Yawn. Stretch.
Touch your toes while completely relaxing your upper body, then slowly
stand up, one vertebra at a time, raising your head last. Repeat as
8. Posture -
Stand up straight and tall to allow full lung capacity and airflow.
repeatedly using different ways of speaking. Determine which one is most pleasing.
10. Practice breath control -
a deep breath, and while you exhale, count to 10 (or recite the months
days of the week). Try gradually increasing your volume as you count,
using your abdominal muscles—not your throat—for volume. Don't let your
larynx tense up.