CONTACT Mod 2 Part 9 - 11 tips for voice tone and talking speed

 

Hi everybody, this part of CONTACT Out yourself wisely is about effective voice tone and talk speed. Voice tone’s critical when expressing one self. It changes the meaning of statements and questions. Your voice tone can get people to engage or it can turn them off.

Be aware of your tone. Make sure your tone is somewhat soft and engaging. Not too loud. Even keel. Its a good idea to get feedback by asking others what it sounds like in different situations. Here’s 11 tips to consider when building your voice tone and talk speed habits.

Tip 1 Be aware of your vocal pitch.  Change it up. What happens for you when someone talks in a monotone voice?

Tip 2. Use healthy Body language.

Tip 3. Breathe properly.

Tip 4. Be careful with your pitch when you compliment people. 

Tip 5. AVOID YELLING.  

Tip 6. Be aware of how fast you speak. Control it.

Tip 7. Pauses are good: Build them into your speech--sparingly.

Tip 8. Smile when you talk, even when on the phone. Smiling automatically makes your tone friendlier.

Tip 9. Avoid mumbling to keep your listener from getting confused. 

Tip 10. Practice good articulation by practicing saying tongue twisters to yourself for five minutes each morning or night for a week or more.

Tip 11. Record yourself and listen to the recordings when practicing tone and speed. You can avoid tone and speed mistakes when you know you are making them. How do you feel when people talk to fast or too slow or in a monotone voice with no pitch variations? Most people get confused or bored.  Now Let me give some details on the 11 tips.

Tip 1 Be aware of your vocal pitch.  Change it up.  When your voice pitch is too low, nobody will hear you. Speak too high and you sound nervous or controlling. Keeping it the same gets boring to listen to. Make your voice both high and low as you talk.

Stressing important words in your sentence with a higher pitch reassures listeners. Lower pitch can inject calmness into your conversation. Don’t speak in a monotone voice. Varied pitch sounds more friendly.

End questions on a higher pitch and statements on a lower pitch. If you end statements with a high pitch, you’ll sound like you don’t believe what you just said. Too low of a pitch could make your listener think you’re uninterested.

Using the ups and downs of the voice, can help draw the listener’s attention to what is most important and reduce their processing times.

Katie Schwartz a speech coach with BusinessSpeechImprovement.com says, “Voices with high pitch or a nasal quality are often that way because the speaker is insecure or nervous.” Using the right vocal pitch helps you be a more effective communicator and leader.

One way to find your perfect pitch by saying, “uh-huh” as if you were casually saying “yes” to a friend’s question. Schwartz says the pitch of your voice when you speak should match the “uh.”

Moving your head a bit can make a difference too. If you lift up your chin and tilt your head slightly, you can cut some of the resonance and make your voice sound more clear. If your shoulders are tight and hunched up toward your head, “you’re cutting out a big chunk of your voice’s potential power,” she says.

Tip 2. Like I said in the last video, Use healthy Body language. The way you sit or stand can affect your speech. Standing or sitting straight allows you to breathe properly and gives you and your voice greater strength and clarity.

Tip 3. Breathe properly. Kate DeVore, founder of TotalVoice.net, a speech coaching firm  says If you breathe shallowly in your chest instead of deeply into your abdomen, your voice will sound weaker and possibly jittery. Let your throat be open and free of tension. An open throat protects your voice and produces a richer sound.

She says It can be tough to remember to breathe deeply when you’re nervous or stressed, but taking full-relaxed deep breaths will improve the depth of your voice and can help you sound more confident.

Tip 4. Be careful with your pitch when you compliment people. If you go high on the wrong words, you’ll end up sounding sarcastic. For example, saying “I love your outfit!” with a really high-pitched “love” might make your listener think you’re being sarcastic and making fun of how they dress.

Tip 5. AVOID YELLING.  It makes people want to shut down and cover their ears or block you out. Use a softer voice to avoid sounding aggressive. Keep your voice at a level that allows people to hear you without shouting at them so they don’t want to cover their ears.

Tip 6. Be aware of how fast you speak. Control it. Speak too fast and it sounds like you're nervous or a car salesman trying to pull a fast one. If the pace is too slow, you might sound like you’re unsure of yourself or not so smart.

People tend to speak quickly when they’re nervous or unsure of what they’re saying. Speaking slower not only improves how well your audience comprehends what you’re saying, it also makes you sound more confident and in control. Be aware of your speed, and you’ll often, naturally slow down says Katie Schwartz.

A good benchmark is to speak slow enough that, if you were reciting a phone number, the person listening to you would be able to write it down. Practice your speech speed by reciting a long string of numbers, and writing them in the air as you do so.  

Have you ever felt like someone wanted to get a conversation over with? Like they wanted you out of their hair? They were likely speaking quite quickly?  Speak slow enough to show people you’re interested. It tells them you want to keep talking to them and keeps them engaged. It also allows your listeners to hear every word you say.

Remember to Change up the pace a little though. The same pace can appear monotone and boring. It’s okay to speak a little faster when you’re making points, you know the other person already knows, and you want a quick reference to the topic at hand.

Tip 7. Pauses are good: Build them into your speech--sparingly. If pauses are too short, it'll sound like you're scrambling for words. But a few well-timed pauses create a sense of intrigue and curiosity. Pauses let your listeners keep up with you. Taking a deep breath naturally creates a short pause and is good for tone too.

Create small pauses by filling your speech with punctuation–commas and periods. It gives the listener time to process your message in the same way that a sentence on a page causes the reader to pause.

Tip 8. Smile when you talk, even when on the phone. Smiling automatically makes your tone friendlier. Practice smiling while you talk by standing in front of a mirror and saying a few sentences with a big grin on your face.

Tip 9. Avoid mumbling to keep your listener from getting confused. If you’re not clearly articulating every syllable of each word, your listener might not hear you clearly, or understand you. Worse, they may think you’re saying something they can’t hear on purpose. This could make them confused and frustrated.

Do you like it when you can’t hear something someone is trying to tell you, and you want to hear them? How does it make you feel? Frustrated, un-important, confused? Don’t do it to others.

Tip 10. Practice good articulation by practicing saying tongue twisters to yourself for 4 or 5 minutes a day for awhile. Here’s a couple to say as fast as you can while still keeping the words clear: “James just jolted Jean gently.” “Jack the jailbird jacked a jeep,” “Kiss her quick, kiss her quicker, kiss her quickest.”

Tip 11. Record yourself when practicing tone and speed. Use your smart phone or a camera to take a voice recording or video of you while you speak. Pay close attention to the pitch, speed, and loudness of your voice. Make improvements after each recording.

Lets do a quick recap now.

Tip 1 Be aware of your vocal pitch.  Change it up

Tip 2. Use healthy Body language.

Tip 3. Breathe properly.

Tip 4. Be careful with your pitch when you compliment people.

Tip 5. AVOID YELLING.  

Tip 6. Be aware of how fast you speak. Control it.

Tip 7. Pauses are good: Build them into your speech--sparingly.

Tip 8. Smile when you talk, even when on the phone. Smiling automatically makes your tone friendlier.

Tip 9. Avoid mumbling to keep your listener from getting confused. 

Tip 10. Practice good articulation by practicing saying tongue twisters to yourself for 4 or 5 minutes each day for awhile. And

Tip 11. Record yourself when practicing tone and speed and adjust accordingly. Practice makes us good communicators and leaders.  

Practice these effective, voice tone and talking speed tips. Get good with your voice tone and talking speed. It will make a difference especially when the conversation is intense, sensitive, conflicting or corrective. Practicing these tips will make you a better communicator and a better leader.

Hey, Thanks for watching. Go out and make it an awesome day. Like this video if you like it. Bye for now. See you in the next one.

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