What does your public speaking voice say about you? How does it sound to your listeners? How your public speaking voice sounds will help your audience make up their mind about you and whether they want to listen to you.
Often the human voice is a mirror which reflects a speaker’s attitudes and feelings. An extremely weak voice usually indicates a weak or timid personality. When a person is seriously ill his voice shows it. Or when, he is happy his voice responds accordingly. Numerous other moods also color a voice.
When a speaker sincerely feels what he says his voice will communicate in a natural, persuasive manner. But when he tries to use his voice mechanically to produce a certain effect upon an audience he brands himself as a cheap actor, a phoney who is trying to manipulate people in a manner best suited to his selfish purposes.
A truly persuasive speaker is so busy earnestly and eagerly communicating ideas and feelings he doesn’t even think about his voice as he speaks. In private or class practice, however, he can form vocal habits which will subconsciously help him when he does deliver a speech.
Obviously one habit every speaker should form is projecting his voice so that everyone sitting in the back row can easily hear him. Some speakers fail to do this because they scarcely open their mouths or barely move their lips.
Trying to talk with the mouth almost closed is like stuffing a violin with cotton, then expecting the tone to come out distinctly. In addition to this some speakers also have a habit of sitting at a desk and cupping one hand over the mouth while trying to speak.
Open your mouth! Not unusually wide to attract undue attention, of course. But let the tones come out freely.
I’ve got some more good stuff coming about developing your public speaking voice in my next post. In the meantime let me know what you think about your public speaking voice says about you,