How to speak so that people want to listen —06 July 2014
Let me quote this:
In this useful #ted talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy.
This talk is so good and practical, I decided to take notes.
The 7 deadly sins of speaking:
Watch yourself carefully, try to detect any of the above in the way you speak, and get rid of these bad habits. Instead, take on some good ones, like these:
Your toolbox for speaking better:
- register: speak from your chest, not from your throat or nose
- timbre: be rich, smooth, warm, like hot chocolate
- prosody: don’t speak on one note
- pace: speak fast to inspire excitement, slow down to emphasize, to the point of a pause in silence, which can be very powerful
- pitch: high pitch can indicate arousal, but most often it’s just annoying
- volume: you can have your audience really pay attention by lowering your voice to almost a whisper