Voice and Speech Finding more than just your voice

March 30, 2020

Voice Training: Can I Really Change My Voice?

Many people admit to disliking the sound of their own voice. The issue is made more frustrating by the common assumption that there’s nothing you can do to change it, that you’re born with that voice and therefore stuck with it. While there certainly are certain aspects of your voice that are inherited and part of your physiology, there is a substantial part of your voice that’s learned and reinforced by habit. Those behaviours can be changed with practice and the development of good technique. Everyone can have a good speaking voice.

The Most Neglected Speaking Skills

After twenty years helping people improve their speaking skills, it’s easy to identify the most common techniques that are usually missing for the average public speaker or presenter. You can probably guess most of them, and yet few people are actually putting them into practice. Here are five public speaking skills that, if implemented, will put you far out in front of the majority of your peers.

Concise Communication Skills

Your ability to be concise and to the point is an important part of strong communication skills. Rambling and getting into too many details confuses and frustrates your listeners and makes you less credible as a speaker. The ability to communicate clearly and concisely will enhance your image and earn the respect of your friends and colleagues. Here are four strategies to help cultivate concise communication skills.

January 9, 2020

Public Speaking: Should I Move Around

When you’re speaking in public or giving a presentation, it’s often hard to know what to do with your body. Should you stand still or move around? Speakers often pace around, believing it helps calm their nerves and keep the attention of their audience. But does it, really? Movement can be a powerful tool for a presenter. There are benefits to using it wisely and consequences for employing it indiscriminately.

January 2, 2020

Stop My Voice from Shaking! – Public Speaking and a Trembling Voice

Don’t you just hate it when you’re speaking in public and your voice starts shaking? There’s nothing that screams NERVOUS!! like a trembling voice. Trying to control a quivering voice just makes it worse. Here are three broad techniques that enable you to channel that energy constructively.

March 1, 2018

Voice Training: Breath Holding

Breath-holding is one of those unnoticed habits that presents a real obstacle to your speaking voice. It closes you up, stops your flow and gets you into your head. Cultivating uninterrupted breath flow can make the difference between feeling blocked and jammed up as a speaker or being open, connected and fully engaged.

October 4, 2017

Listener-Centered Presentation: The Performance Stage

Filed under: Presentation,Public Speaking — Jay Miller @ 8:28 pm

It’s so easy to feel self-conscious when you deliver a speech or presentation. After all, everyone is watching and listening to you. But the ultimate objective of any presentation is to deliver a message to your listeners as effectively as possible. Here are three strategies to help you keep your audience as the primary focus of your speech or presentation.

September 20, 2017

Listener-Centered Presentation: The Preparation Stage

Filed under: Presentation,Public Speaking — Jay Miller @ 2:37 pm

September 6, 2017

Public Speaking: Just Get Through It

July 26, 2017

Public Speaking: Freedom versus Formulas

Filed under: Presentation,Public Speaking — Jay Miller @ 8:39 pm

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