Voice Training and Public Speaking
Why is Voice Training Important?
Your voice is the foundation of public speaking success. While I agree that joining a Toastmasters chapter is a great way to get your voice out there and to practice your presentation and public speaking skills, but there are things that voice training teaches you that you’re not likely to find at a Toastmasters meeting.
Voice training is very specific to every individual and it would make a lot of sense to hone your vocal skills before embarking on your very first toastmasters meeting. Having a ‘sexy voice’ may not be enough to attract your audience. It is far more important that you develop a mature and credible voice. A voice that can convince and move people.
Public Speaking Requires Discipline
Going out there and presenting yourself in front of an audience can be a very daunting task. In fact, research has found that many people fear public speaking even more than death. So I would recommend that you refrain from killing yourself before you’re ready to face an audience.
Speaking at Toastmasters requires a lot of discipline and preparation. Never try to ‘wing it’. This is almost a sure-fire way to ‘crash and burn’. This is because to speak at a Toastmaster’s meeting, one not only has to follow a certain set of guidelines and rules, one has to hone ones’ presentation skills as well.
What Should I Do?
But before we even start working within the guidelines and rules, wouldn’t it be wise to work on some specifics of your voice and presentation skills? Your voice and skills in presentations are, after all, the tools that you must use to convey your thoughts, feelings and ideas. We should learn to use our voice more powerfully and one way of doing this is to seek out a good voice coach.
Here’s a Public Speaking Tip that will Enhance your Presentation Skills
When you’re about to present in front of an audience and you’re nervous, it’s of upmost importance that you remember to breathe. You may think that this is so natural and so unimportant. However, it is a fact that when you’re nervous, the simple act of breathing takes a back seat and what’s foremost in your mind is the material that you need to present. Everything else quickly becomes a blur.
So take your time to breathe. A simple exercise I would recommend is that you take in 3 deep breaths before you even say your first word. It will slow down your heart rate, make you seem calmer to the audience and most importantly, make you seem confident.
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