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3 Top Tips For Sensational Presenting

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I’m a voice coach so normally I would talk about physical and vocal skills when it comes to sensational presenting.  How you look and how you sound are always at the top of my list of important skills.

But today I’d like to give you a few tips I was given recently that spoke to me on another level.

The 3 tips I’m giving you here are not so much about the mechanics of delivering your words as they are about being human.

Sensational presenting really starts to sing when you remember that a presentation is so much more than just words and information.

 

Sensational Presenting: The Head, The Heart, and The Hand

 

A veteran presenter once told me before a speech, ‘Lead them by the head, the heart, and the hand.’.

Think of your presentation as being more than just words and information.  It will help any stiff formality or obstacles between you and the audience fall away.

How can you connect with your audience as a human being in a room full of human beings?

People want to be touched emotionally.  When you reach out to your audience on an emotional level, they will trust more readily.  And trust is what you want from your audience.

 

The Head

First, you have to assure the audience that you’re worth listening to.  After all, they’ve taken time out to be there and want to know their time is being well spent.

You need to establish your credibility with the audience.  Sensational presenting shows the audience you know your subject.  That you are an expert in your field.  What’s your pedigree, track record for success?

 

The Heart

Second, you need to let them know you’re on their side.  Sensational presenting involves your audience liking you or at least knowing that you know their pain.

Let your audience know that you are aware of their challenges and that you have answers to help them with those challenges.

The audience is always asking themselves one question as they sit there spending their precious time with you:  Why should I care about this?

Sensational presenting answers this burning question for the audience.  Your audience will care if you show that you care.  Perhaps share a story from your own journey that illustrates how you overcame obstacles or challenges of your own.

When they hear you’ve overcome difficulties yourself, they know you empathize with them.

 

The Hand

Lastly, the hand metaphor refers to what they take away from your presentation.  Sensational presenting leads the audience towards some kind of practical, concrete steps or knowledge they can take home and put into practice.

The audience comes in with questions and wants to leave with answers.  Put into their hands something they can use, a tool that will help them with their challenges.

This reminds me of Chris Anderson’s definition of persuasion as ‘the act of replacing someone’s world view with something better’.  The audience wants to leave feeling different than when they came in.

 

 

The 30, 20, 10 Rule in Sensational Presenting

This is a tried and tested rule that all sensational presenting incorporates to some degree.  It’s a great example of ‘a little knowledge goes a long way’.

Simply stated, 30 is the minimum font size to use on slides, 20 is the maximum length of a presentation in minutes, and 10 is the maximum number of slides to use.

The 30, 20, 10 rule will help you avoid Death By Powerpoint and avoid losing your audience.  Here’s how it works.

 

Font Size Matters For Sensational Presenting – 30 points

Here’s a good rule of thumb when it comes to your slides:  30 point font is the minimum size to be visible from the audience.

One of the easiest mistakes to make on your slides is trying to cram in as much information as possible by using smaller font.  Sensational presenting takes into account the tried and tested rule ‘More Is Not Necessarily Better’.

If you try to squash in loads of words on the screen, your audience will end up not reading any of it.  And worse, they’ll be so distracted by the fact that they can’t read what they’re supposed to be able to read that they’ll stop listening to you.

Your audience would much rather listen to you speak than be reading off the screen in a read-along with you.

 

Keep Them Wanting More – 20 minutes

20 minutes is enough time to say what you need to say about pretty much anything.  Every audience will thank you for keeping it short.  Sensational presenting means having the ability to cut and crop your content for the sake of your audience.

If you have 20 minutes allocated to you for a presentation, plan a 10 minutes presentation.  You will probably speak for twice your rehearsed time when the adrenaline starts kicking in so leave yourself some wiggle room.

Sensational presenting always follows this rule of thumb:  Brevity Is Beauty.

 

Less Is More In Amazing Presentations – 10 slides

Ultimately, your slides are there only to help you tell your story better.  They are not there to be a crutch for you if you’re not prepared or don’t know your content.  10 slides or less is adequate to support any story.

Slides are never the story in sensational presenting.  You are the story.  The slides are only there to serve you and the story.  If your tech goes down you still have to give the presentation, without your slides, so be prepared.

You actually don’t needs slides for the majority of sensational presenting.  Only use them to add colour and texture to your story.  Slides are only there to help the audience to see what you see.

 

 

Knowledge Can Be A Dangerous Thing

Sensational presenting involves weeding out what the audience doesn’t need to know and what they do.  There’s a great book called ‘Made To Stick’ by Chip and Dan Heath which warns that a lot of knowledge can become a bad thing if left unchecked.

When you’re an expert in your field it can be easy to speak in acronyms, use phrases the audience doesn’t know, or use ‘in jokes’ that leaves 90% of the audience completely lost.

Make your presentation easy for the audience to understand and follow and use simple language.  It’s not a matter of dumbing down; it’s a matter of simplicity.

 

Sensational Presenting And Generosity

Essentially, you want to keep your audience with you, not running to catch up with you or left behind.  So keep it simple, remember less is more, and keep your audience in the spotlight.  Think of what you can do to make their life easier today and you have a much better chance of delivering a sensational presentation.

With Great Posture Comes Great Presentation!

“With Great Posture comes Great Presentation”*

 said Voltaire *almost

For a great presentation, great posture and body language are imperative. 

Ideally, we want to portray a more confident, more measured and more approachable presence when speaking or giving a presentation. 

Here is how and why with great posture, comes great presentation.

So here are 4 tips to improve your presentation skills, with Posture and Body Language

1  Posture 

Your posture affects your voice. So before you begin, here are 6 ways to perfect your posture for speaking

*Depending on whether you are standing or sitting

  • Standing – plant your feet parallel, hipbone width apart and think Tall and Open
  • Sitting – sit squarely on your set feet planted slightly apart and hands resting comfortably
  • Spine straight and neither slumped nor rigid
  • Work tension out of the shoulders and the neck area.
  • Swing the arms – this is an important area, because we want them relaxed
  • Smile and open the jaw – soften your jaw

 

2  Use your Head

Face your audience, eyes front.

What we are looking for here is openness, to be on the same level as your audience and to be approachable. 

Often used when listening to somebody,  is the 45 degree angle. (think of your posture when taking questions from your audience)

This unintentionally comes across as superiority with an unapproachable air.

The Mona Lisa is a perfect example of this, does she have an air of engagement, is she ready to listen? Is she open and approachable? Certainly not!

how not to look at your audience!

 

3  Straighten up!  

It’s something most of us will have been told at some point, yet it’s something many of us fail to do when we present.

Here’s where posture comes into play again.

A straight back and a tall posture helps you to project your voice and confidence.

Hunching your shoulders, in contrast, can make you look withdrawn and lacking in confidence.

When we feel low, we often hunch our shoulders.We feel vulnerable and we retreat into ourselves.

We feel small.

On the other hand, when we feel jubilant, we leap in the air with outstretched arms.

We feel tall.

Take this feeling into your presentations.

Stand up tall with a straight back, You’ll look confident, positive and approachable.

Stanford Graduate School of Business provide an interesting talk on how to Make Body Language Your Super Power

 

 

4 Uncross everything!

Why do we sometimes cross our legs when standing up to give a presentation?

 

 

*We feel it’s a more comfortable way of standing.

*We’re nervous.

*We’re completely unaware of the fact we’re crossing our legs.

Perhaps all three.

The problem is that it’s giving a signal to the audience that we feel uncomfortable presenting. Body language and good posture are vital to a good presentation.

Take a close look at the picture above, though smiling, her arms are as close to her body as possible and her legs are crossed.

Does she look confident and open?

The audience wants to feel that it’s in capable hands – and they’re only going to feel that if you uncross your legs and stand up straight, with great posture and body language.

 

When you hold yourself confidently, the audience will feel that confidence – and naturally believe in you.

 

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Public Speaking Tips from Elon Musk

What We Can Learn About Public Speaking From Watching an Elon Musk Presentation

There’s a lot to be learned from studying the presentations and public speaking techniques of some of the world’s great leaders. Here we take a look at an Elon Musk presentation, and ask: Despite a number of obvious flaws in his technique, what makes his presentations so popular?

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

Public Speaking Tips from Elon Musk

So, a few things about Elon Musk straight off the bat.

Musk is rich, he’s passionate about his projects and he’s most probably a genius!

And yet when he gets in front of an audience he can turn into a public speaking car crash.

He gave a presentation earlier this year outlining his very ambitious plans for rocket company SpaceX.

SpaceX plans to land an unmanned spaceship on Mars in 2022. (It will then start preparing for human visitors to arrive two years later!)

That presentation garnered him a lot of social media attention, but for the wrong reasons: there was his stammering, and his style of delivery, which was clunky and awkward.

And yet that long speech was watched over 400,000 times online less than 24 hours after it was posted.

So the question is.

Why are we still interested in watching an Elon Musk presentation when so much of his delivery is soooooo bad?

Well, here are a few insights that might make sense of this bizarre dichotomy of brilliance and bumbling.

1. He Gives You The Why Before the What

Elon Musk does big plans big style – humans on Mars in just a few years!

He tells you WHY his projects are important right off the bat.

When he outlined the SpaceX plan to go to Mars, he tells you ‘why’ it’s important before he tells you the ‘what’.

In this case, that SpaceX will ensure the survival of humans as a species and to inspire the belief that the future will be better than the past.  He always gives his audience a reason to listen and engage with him.

TAKEAWAY: Public Speaking is not rocket science. Next time you are preparing for a presentation, think about this. Do not tell your audience WHAT you did, until you have told them WHY.  It’s a classic mistake we’ve seen time and time again here at ConfidentSpeak in working with business leaders to improve their communication, speaking and presentation skills.

2. Master the Art of Imperfection to Master the Art of Authentic Presenting

Musk is very good at making his audience feel like he’s just like them, that we’re all in it together, so his stammering and stumbling actually doesn’t bother us so much.

Many great speakers, like Steve Jobs, were great at Public Speaking.  They talked as if they’re on a higher plane and that they’ve got everything perfectly down pat and present you with a finished product.  That’s great and we buy into it.

But Musk does the opposite. He tells you that he and his employees have been figuring things out. He shares with you how a product crashed and burned and landed in the ocean. Musk lets us know that he has failed more than he’s succeeded.

That shows us Elon Musk’s humanity, and we love people who are human.  Perfection is overrated, this is authentic presenting.

Musk and other imperfect speakers may not have the best delivery on the planet but they can make up for it with vulnerability,honesty, and passion for their subject.  You can teach techniques for great delivery, but it’s mighty hard to manufacture real, honest feeling.

TAKEAWAY: Next time you present, be sincere and your audience will follow you anywhere, regardless of how much you stumble or stammer.

3. Elon Musk is the Definition of an Authentic Presenter: What You See is What You Get

Many people describe Musk as ‘authentic’.

The word ‘authenticity’ has been bandied about a lot in corporate circles of late so let’s just remind ourselves what it actually means.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines authenticity as:

True to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.  Not false or imitation.

Musk gets down to brass tacks, lets the audience know that he’s down-to-earth and vulnerable, and lets his feelings show about what inspires him.  

The idea of living out amongst the stars excites him and he tells the audience exactly that. He is telling us his dream—and audiences love people who follow their dreams.

Especially when it led them to become billionaire entrepreneurs.

There’s a lot to be said for credibility when presenting. Sometimes we gain credibility because of our position or from the amount of money we have or how many accolades we’ve collected.  All these factors do carry a certain weight and give the speaker gravitas, ensuring they have a better chance to get the audience on-side before they’ve even stepped on stage.

Yet when it comes down to it, two things will always sway an audience.

Great delivery, and humanity.

TAKEAWAY: Next time you get up in front of an audience, give them a clear, confident, credible delivery and you’re on your way to a winner. Give them humanity, vulnerability, and passion in addition to that and you’re on your way to home-run World Series victory.

Here’s the full Elon Musk presentation from SpaceX. Watch for yourself

 

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We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

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The Seven Habits of Successful Public Speakers

Everyone needs a bit of help when it comes to what can make or break a good presentation or public speaking engagement. A recent article in Entrepreneur magazine points out some of the great tips and habits of successful public speakers.

By Maria Tecce, ConfidentSpeak

The Seven Habits of Successful Public Speakers

The article was written by Johnathan Li and can be read in its entirety here.

But to sum up the seven key points, the habits shared by successful public speakers, they are:

1. Focus on the audience

World-class successful public speakers ask, “What do I want the audience think, do or feel differently after my presentation?”

Focus on sharing your message with the audience and you will become more successful.

2. Engage

One easy way is to engage people’s emotions: ask questions, tell stories or play a short video.

The more engaging your presentation is, the more attention you can get from the audience.

3. Be conversational

Successful entrepreneurs avoid buzzwords.

They use simple words to make sure that everyone understands what they say.

To get your point across, use simple words that even a 10 year old can understand.

4. Tell powerful stories

Stories help you stand out from the crowd.

The best stories are usually from your personal experiences because you know them best and nobody can challenge you.

5. Use slides that are visually engaging

Make sure every slide has one picture that expresses the whole idea and use as few words as possible.

This simple approach will make your presentation more memorable.

6. Get coaching

The key to peak performance is coaching.

Even personal development legend Tony Robbins has a coach.

7. Keep learning

Even top presentation experts keep learning.

They read new books, attend seminars and watch TED Talks (such as Brene Brown, Julian Treasure, Jamie Oliver, the guy with the frog (!) and others) to advance their skills.

For more on this article as well as a little bonus tip from Richard Branson click here.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

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TED Talk

The Confident Speak Award for Best Talk goes to… The Guy with the Frog at TEDx Dublin!

We are lucky enough to have attended several TEDx Dublin events – for business and pleasure, you understand! One of the most impressive talks we’ve witnessed was that of Fergus McAuliffe in 2013. Here’s why.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

TEDx Dublin Best Talk Fergus McAuliffe Canadian Wood Frog

The Confident Speak crew attended TEDx Dublin in September 2013, and amongst the many experienced speakers on the day it was a young Environmental Scientist called Fergus McAuliffe who most impressed our team.

This softly spoken Cork man recently won the “FameLab International” competition where entrants were judged according to the golden rule of the 3 C’s

  • Content
  • Clarity
  • Charisma

Competing against 20 other finalists at this Times Cheltenham Science Festival, his talk was about how the wood frog in Canada blurs the line between life and death.

He spoke at TEDx in Dublin about the challenge he faced in communicating this effectively to both the scientific and non-scientific community since a scientist’s thought pattern—due of the nature of their work—has to be primarily objective whilst those of us not in the field of science tend to be more subjective.

His solution was to tell a story, one that would appeal to both scientists and non-scientists alike.

He relayed that story to us on Saturday afternoon, and it worked!

We sat upright, glued to the stage, listening to every detail.

We may have held no preconception or indeed had any interest before this speech in the Canadian Wood Frog.

By the end of Fergus’s talk, though, we were hooked on this little fella and how his antifreeze like blood prevents him from freezing to death in winter!

Fergus’s full speech is below (and below that again, the “science bit” from his FameLab speech earlier in 2013)

Fergus McAuliffe’s TEDx Dublin talk on the Canadian Wood Frog

Fergus McAuliffe’s talk at FameLab 2013

 

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

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What We Can Learn From The Steve Jobs Presentation Style

I recently read an article from the eloquent Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design which discusses the “Jobs” movie, starring Ashton Kucher in the lead role. During this article Ms Duarte observes that despite the movie’s mixed reviews, the one thing that it reminds us off is what a great presenter Steve was. So what was it that made us hang on every word of every Steve Jobs presentation?

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

Steve Jobs presentation style

Here is a list of few of Steve Jobs’s key presentation skills which we should all keep in mind.

1. Every Steve Jobs Presentation Had A Very Clear Message

Steve Jobs left his audience knowing exactly why a product was built, the problem it solved and how.

His prime focus throughout his talks was in getting his message across in a clear and easily digested way.

2. He Uses Careful Timing

The average attention span of an audience is about 10 minute and Jobs generally split up his presentation in to ten minutes segments to make each section more palatable to his listeners

3. He Adheres To The Rule of Three

The “rule of three” writing principle suggests that things that are presented in three are more satisfying & more effective than those presented in numbers of more or less.

Every Steve Jobs presentation always had several lists of three message points.

Why?

Because he knew that a list of three things is far easier to remember than five or ten, and infinitely more intriguing than in two or one.

It’s an oratory technique that might just be as old as oratory itself.

(Former British Prime Minister David Cameron was also a great believer in the rule of three. Read more on David Cameron in our public speaking techniques blog.)

4. Jobs Clearly Prepared and Rehearsed His Material

Jobs prepared for every presentation meticulously. Like all great presenters, he understood that presentations must be rehearsed over and over again to be truly great.

5. He Harnessed The Power Of Silence

Some times overlooked and often under used, careful use of both pause & silence through out a presentation can have a powerful impact on your listeners.

Steve became a master of this. At every launch he reeled in his audience with suspense whilst at the same time making them feel like they were witnessing not just the launch of a consumer product but an historical moment.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

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Steve Jobs Presentation At Its Best

I”m sure we all have our favourite Steve Jobs presentation but I think the  March 2011 launch of the iPad 2 Keynote sees him at his best…

Public Speaking Skills: How to Connect with Any Audience

Public Speaking Skills: The Art of Connecting with Any Audience (From Start to Finish)

When you’re thinking about the public speaking skills you need to succeed, it pays to think first and foremost about your audience. Here are seven things every audience needs to keep them hanging on your every word.

By Olivia MacDonnell, Confident Speak

Public Speaking Skills: How to Connect with Any AudienceWhen speakers are building their public speaking skills and making all the necessary preparations and arrangements for their talk, there is one thing that often happens—they might spend hours of prep on a single slide, but neglect to really prepare to serve their audience!

So if there’s one vital piece of advice to give for you in any environment where you’re talking in front of an audience—from sales presentations to staff meetings to a keynote address to a packed auditorium—make sure to take note of the following seven tips to better serve your audience.

Start thinking about your poor audience – they are busy too! and they’ve given up their time to listen to you!  This is what they need:

Honing Public Speaking Skills through Audience Connection, 1: A Reason to Listen

An audience will not listen to you unless they know why they should – it’s as simple as that!

So, you need to make it very clear from the start why your presentation is important to them.

What’s the benefit?

What are the consequences?

They need to know WIIFM—the “what’s in it for me?” question.

Fail to take note, and you might not have an audience at all.

Honing Public Speaking Skills through Audience Connection, 2: Life Made Really Easy for Them

When you’re doing your talk prep, make sure to structure you message simply and clearly.

If you’re inexperienced find out about basic structuring for a presentation.

I always this it’s useful to think of “the audience” as friends.

And the truth is, subconsciously no audience wants to work hard. They don’t want to wade through complex slides trying to figure out what exactly they need to do. Structure things as simply and clearly as you can to make life really easy for any audience.

Honing Public Speaking Skills through Audience Connection, 3: Simple and User-Friendly Language

Stop using jargon and complex language—immediately!

There’s a misconception about complex language. Some people think it makes them sound more intelligent.

But the truth is it doesn’t. Jargon and complexity is much more likely to bore, alienate and frustrate your listener.

So avoid that at all costs and use a conversational style with matching language.

Believe me—it’s no less professional. In fact, it’s much more professional!

Honing Public Speaking Skills through Audience Connection, 4: A Relevant Message

I suggest every point you make ask yourself this question.

Why would this be remotely relevant to the listener?

If you think it is or should be relevant to them, then ask yourself a second question:

How am I making this relevant and understandable to them?

Every point you make needs to be in “audience context”.

Honing Public Speaking Skills through Audience Connection, 5: A Memorable Message

If they feel they are being talked to, as opposed to talked at, they are more likely to remember your message.

Using “I”, “we” and “our” involves the audience as if they are on the journey also, and if we are involved, suddenly things become much more memorable.

Using personal experiences, personal stories and memorable examples is a good start

There are plenty more approaches, but do avoid making stuff up.

It can be very obvious and can sound false to the audience.

Honing Public Speaking Skills through Audience Connection, 6: To Feel That You Really Believe Your Message

If your voice lacks energy and emotion, your audience will tune out.

So ask yourself, what emotion do you want your audience to feel?

Interest? Excitement? Curiosity?

Whatever it is, you then need to convey this emotion in your voice.

It sounds like an obvious presentation skill, but just thinking about what you are saying and how you would like the audience to feel it very powerful.

So many presenters just present like they are “going through the motions”.

An audience needs and expects more.

Honing Public Speaking Skills through Audience Connection, 7: You Staying Connected From Start to Finish

There is no point having a great, memorable first 45 seconds and then revert to a complex, irrelevant message for the remainder of your presentation.

A great colleague of mine uses the analogy of a “travelator” (those flat moving stairs you see in airports) when giving a presentation.

The audience needs to step on the “travelator” at the beginning with you and move with you through your presentation and gets off the end with you.

They need to walk away from your presentation knowing what they should do, think and feel as a result of listening to your entire presentation.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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pitch range voice musical instrument

Why Pitch Range is Vital to Public Speaking and Presentation Success

When it comes to public speaking and presenting, you need to think about your “pitch range”—the range of notes you give to your voice to keep your audience engaged, interested and motivated. Here’s a brief pitch range overview.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

pitch range voice musical instrumentImagine this.

You’ve just arrived at a musical concert.   You wait to be entertained by the musician.

The pianist arrives on stage and starts to play.

But he starts playing by using only two notes – C D!

You wonder what’s going on, you’re definitely disappointed and then, as the performance continues in the same vein, you become completely frustrated and you tune out entirely.

Now switch the focus from music to speaking.

The same principle applies.

If you want to engage an audience when you speak, you need to think of your voice as an instrument and you need to use your range of notes (pitch range) to connect with your audience.

If you don’t, you will simply bore the pants off our listener!

Using pitch range is necessary to get the audience to sit up and listen.

So firstly, how do we hear the pitch range (notes) in our voice?

Simply, start at your lowest note and just like a scale of a piano, hum gently and slowly up your vocal scale – the notes should be getting higher and higher! give it a go.   This is easier to explain by doing than writing!

How do you use your pitch range – how do you make your voice an instrument?

I always think it’s useful to firstly think about the meaning of your message.  What do you want the audience to think about and feel?

Once you decide on this, the emotion in your voice (be it interest, positivity etc.) will follow.

Pitch variety will follow once you are really thinking about, and connected to your message.

Two ways to vary pitch

  1. Going from low pitch to high pitch when stating contrasts.
  2. Build up your pitch in steps to build momentum.

Things to remember about sustained pitch

A sustained period of high pitch:

  1. Can put people on edge
  2. Can motivate your audience
  3. Can indicate sarcasm
  4. Can indicate light heartedness

A sustained period of lower pitch:

  1. Can be soothing
  2. Can indicate seriousness
  3. Can be boring!

What are you aiming for? Be sure to know what’s possible when you decide on your pitch and pitch variation for your talk.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives.

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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