In the last year, I’ve noticed a real uptick in enquiries for voice training Scotland courses.
I believe the Covid-19 pandemic is the leading culprit.
Because many people lost confidence in how they present.
So how can you build that self-belief back?
It’s all about giving you some tools, tips and techniques you can use each and every day.
Here are four areas we’ll explore to help you find your voice again.
This is something I believe we can all do.
Be comfortable with silence.
There are two places to pause:
However, in both these situations, speakers typically make the wrong choice:
A silent pause is far more effective.
It also demonstrates your confidence to an audience.
This is all about using the right tone.
If you’re excited about what you’re sharing, sound excited.
If you’re sorry about something that’s gone wrong, be sorry.
This becomes an issue when the tone fails to match the words.
We’ve said how “thrilled” we are to share the new update, but we sound bored.
Or we’ve admitted we’re disappointed with sales, but the sentence was upbeat.
It gives the audience a problem: do we believe you?
Make sure your tone matches what you’re saying.
This is where your diaphragm comes in.
It’s a muscle that sits underneath your ribs.
It’s what allows you to project your voice.
By that I mean: to speak loudly without shouting.
If you’re someone who uses their voice almost constantly in work, find your diaphragm.
It’ll help you to raise the volume of your voice without hurting your throat.
This holds the key to mastering your voice.
I’ve met hundreds of people who speak too quickly.
When our pace creeps up, we lose control over our words.
We use filler phrases. We deliver long, complicated sentences.
So do this instead: slow down.
Really slow down.
Choose every word you use.
Take back control by reining in the pace.
I’ll let you know our available dates and a range of costs, depending on what you’re looking for.
We can run this course from our Glasgow studios, your offices, or online.
It’s time to find your voice again.
Colin Stone is Pink Elephant’s Communications Lead and Voice Coach.
Read more about him here.
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Voice Training Scotland blog written by Colin Stone.
Voice Training Scotland blog edited by Maxine Montgomery.
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