Newsletter 032

What can we improve in our speech and communication?

  1. Voice Source
    Voice coaches are the people to call upon here (they can help us improve all the points); but we can make improvements on our own, as we can practice changing where our voice comes from — nose, throat, or chest, with the last one adding weight and depth to it i.e. power and trustworthiness.
  2. Voice Color
    This quality has to do with how our voice feels — rich, smooth, and warm are the voice qualities that people enjoy listening to.
  3. Prosody
    The sing-song, the quality that makes our voice go up and down so that is not monotonous and boring. At the same time, there are different patterns to our voice — the rising intonation when we make questions or the rising and falling one when we have one long sentence that contains two sub-sentences (clauses) within it. Again, if we overuse or misuse any pattern, it can become difficult for our listeners to maintain their attention.
  4. Speed
    Fast speaking is one of the worst enemies of a good speaker — but if we manage to slow down, we can use that pause to put an emphasis on a certain word or part of a sentence. Also, remember that there is nothing wrong with a little bit of silence. It can be very powerful and it is a far better tool to use than to insert the umms, errs, and filler words (basically, you know, like, etc.).
  5. Volume
    The last to have to do with how loud or silent we speak. The loud/high-pitched speaking is connected with emotional outbursts or excitement, while the opposites can be used in situations when we want to emphasize something and draw attention by speaking in a low voice or whispering.
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