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 How to speak that so people want to listen - III 

 
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Register, for example. Now, falsetto register may not be very useful most of the time, but there's a register in between. I'm not going to get very technical about this for any of you who are voice coaches. You can locate your voice, however. So if I talk up talk up here in my nose, you can hear the difference. If I go down go down here in my throat, which is where most of us speak from most of the time. But if you want weight, you need to go down go down here to the chest. You hear the difference? We vote for politicians with lower voices, it's true, because we associate depth with associate depth with power and with authority. That's register.

Then we have timbre. It's the way your voice feels. Again, the research shows that we prefer voices which are rich, smooth, warm, warm, like hot chocolate. Well if that's not you, that's not the end of the world,because you can train. Go and get a voice coach. And there are amazing amazing things you can do with breathing, with posture, and with exercises to improve the timbre of your voice.

Then prosody. I love prosody. This is the sing song, the meta language that we use in order to impart impart meaning. meaning. It's root one for meaning meaning in conversation. People who speak all on one note are really quite quite hard to listen to if they don't have any prosody at all. That's where the world monotonic comes from, or monotonous, monotonous, monotone. Also we have repetitive prosody now coming in, where every sentence sentence ends as if it were a question when it's actually not a question, it's a statement. (Laughter) And if you repeat that one over and over, it's actually restricting your ability ability to communicate through prosody, which I think is a shame, so let's try and break that habit.

Pace. I can get very, very excited excited by saying something really, really quickly, or I can slow right down slow right down to emphasize, emphasize, and at the end of that, of course, is our old friend silence. There's nothing wrong with a bit of silence in a talk, is there? We don't have to fill it with ums and ahs. It can be very powerful.

Of course, pitch often often goes along with goes along with pace to indicate indicate arousal, arousal, but you can do it just with pitch. Where did you leave my keys? Where did you leave my keys? So slightly different meaning meaning in those two deliveries.

And finally, volume. I can get really excited excited by using volume. Sorry about that if I startled startled anybody. Or, I can have you really pay attention by getting very quiet. Some people broadcast the whole whole time. Try not to do that. That's called sodcasting, imposing imposing your sound on people around you carelessly and inconsiderately. Not nice.

Of course, where this all comes into comes into play most of all is when you've got something really important to do. It might be standing standing on a stage like this and giving a talk to people. It might be proposing marriage,asking for a raise, raise, a wedding speech. Whatever it is, if it's really important, you owe owe it to yourself to look at this toolbox and the engine that it's going to work on work on and no engine works well without being warmed up warmed up Warm up Warm up your voice.


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