Sometimes the way you speak can lull your audience to sleep if you get stuck in your default vocal rhythm. Your usual vocal pattern can begin to sound dull or monotone when it used the same way during your entire presentation.
Your voice has the gift of immense power to deliver messages, inspire change, and engage an audience. The tone of your voice can help tell whether you want to be serious, funny, formal, or casual. If you speak with a low voice, it can convey a more serious message. A higher tone can convey enthusiasm. If you choose to speak slower you can drive home your points.
As Frank speaks, he varies his voice in between the secrets he shares. His voice allows the audience to recognize the humor in some of the secrets and how they can take many forms. At the end of his talk, he shares a recording from a grandmother sending birthday wishes. He ends it with “thank you”, his voice truly respectful and humble, which fills you with the feeling of the importance of family connection and legacy.
In sharing stories like Frank did, he remembers the people he wants to talk about. Matty, for example, was inspired by one of Frank’s secrets to start his own website, IFoundYourCamera. Frank riffs about the lovely story of Matty’s kindness – how he helps reunite them with their precious pictures/cameras.
There you have it. Three ways to make your next presentation great: Take your time and let your audience drink in your words while using the full range of your voice. And remember you don’t want to sound like an over-practiced drone. Be bold and have the courage to riff a little.
If you want to learn how to put these ‘secret’s’ into practice and learn many more ask me about delivering a workshop to your organization.