Voice techniques

Your presentation should contain the rise and fall of oral speech rather than the monotonous drone of reading out loud. Speakers use voice techniques to emphasise the introduction of new and important ideas.

The main techniques used are:

  • Word stress (words spoken more slowly and loudly). During the presentation you need to speak clearly and try not to talk too fast. When you are nervous you tend to talk faster than usual. In fact speaking slowly alleviates nerves and gives you time to collect your thoughts.
  • Tone and pitch (the rise and fall of the speech). Vary the stress, volume and tone.
  • Speed / pace Remember to slow down the speed of your speaking - slower speech alleviates nervousness.

Observe how Christine uses voice techniques to emphasise the introduction of new and important ideas.

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