Vocal Variety Is the Spice of Outstanding Presentations
Vocal variety is a key tool for creating interesting, engaging presentations. I was recently coaching one of my presentation skills students, and he shared that during a business meeting he was following another speaker. Just before he was to speak, one of his colleagues asked him the following question:
“You are not going to be boring, are you?
Knowing and seeing my student in action, I knew he was not boring. I suggested to my student that what the questioner was really asking was, “You are not going to be like the last speaker I heard with their monotone presentation style, are you?”
Just as spices make your favorite meals more delicious to eat, vocal variety, the way we use our voice, vocal rates, pitch, tone, pausing, makes your presentation appetizing to the audience’s ear. When using a monotone voice to convey your message, you will lose your audience and your message will lose its power. When you use vocal variety in your presentation, you create a more engaging, entertaining, and persuasive audience experience.
The following are seven secrets to developing your vocal variety and giving an outstanding presentation every time:
Read a Children’s Book Out Loud – Children’s books are wonderful tools for working on your vocal variety. If read correctly, you will see the wonder in a child’s face as you share the excitement of the story. The same holds true when you tell a story when presenting to an audience. By using your powerful vocal variety skills, you will engage the audience with your presentation.
Punctuate Your Notes – Use bold face, underline, and italicize key words in your speech so that you know when to accentuate key words. Add extra space or add additional dots between words or sentences to show pauses. Customize your annotations to fit your needs in front of the audience.