Toastmasters Speech 6: Vocal Variety

Speech Objectives

  • Use voice volume, pitch, rate, and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.
  • Use pauses to enhance your message.
  • Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally.

Time: Five to seven minutes

This speech project explains how you could harness the capability of your own voice.

Is your voice boring? Does it put you to sleep?

Do you find it difficult to be perceptibly emotional with your voice? Are you easy to listen to, or does your voice make you feel unpleasantly self-conscious?

For many, vocal variety doesn’t come naturally. Through the process of deliberately exaggerating the voices in your speech, you are forced out of your comfortable vocal ‘library’ and pushed to explore extremes, often with comedic effect. Let go of your inhibitions. Stretch those vocal chords and remember, variety is the spice of life.

Trust Silence

Silence is one of the most powerful tools in your public speaking toolbox. It helps you pace your presentation. It gives audiences time to fully grasp what you’re saying. It also tells audiences, “I’m confident.”

Indeed, your voice is the best tool in your delivery ‘toolbox’. You must learn to use it effectively to enhance your presentation.