The true value of learning voice diction
Learn Speaking with Confidence! Learning effective speaking skills and voice diction will not only be helpful to you in your career, but will be beneficial to you in everyday life. Use the following guidelines to speak effectively and to be better understood.
Voice diction is very important in any business.
People will notice how you speak. Listeners make all kinds of decisions about you by the way you speak and your voice diction. This is especially true when they are hearing you for the first time. It may be at a staff meeting, when greeting a new customer, while gathering marketing information over the phone, or presenting data at a conference. Listeners decide your age, intelligence, qualifications, sense of humor and more from the way you speak and your voice diction.
How often have you heard someone say “I only spoke to Tom for a minute, but he sounds like a nice guy” or “Phyllis called and she certainly did sound upset.” Of course, we judge these qualities in part by what was said; however, we also judge by the way they were said. What are we listening to? What makes a difference to us? Naturally, ideas and information are important. Beyond that, we are listening to articulation, pronunciation and speed. Articulation is the production of individual sounds.
Pitch is how low or high your voice sounds. Lower sounds are more pleasing. Pitch tends to be higher when nervous.
Volume is the loudness or softness of your voice. You can take cues from listeners. A voice that is too quiet tends to be higher when you are upset or nervous.
Tone is the quality of the sound of your voice. Avoid nasal, raspy, or flat tones. Intonation is the melody of speech patterns, varied, but not sing-song.
Tempo is the speed of your speech. A quick tempo is difficult to understand. A slow tempo is boring. Always emphasize important words.
Articulation is how clearly you sound out your words. Enunciate to avoid sounding uneducated, lazy, or indifferent. Do not overdo this.
Pronunciation gives indication of a person’s education level, social status and where you live. Use your accent only if it helps. Pay attention to vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar.
Effective speaking skills are helpful in every phase of your life.
In order to be understood, it is imperative that we understand the language and speak well.
- How low or high is your voice? We manipulate and position six different articulators.
- Some people talk so loud, it’s difficult to listen to them. People may step back if your voice is too loud and a loud voice can indicate you are upset.
- The quality of your voice is so important. People do not enjoy listening to raspy or nasal voice. Our voice must be somewhat methodic
- How fast do you talk? Some people talk so fast, you keep have to ask them to repeat themselves!
- How clear do you sound?