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5 Tips to a Powerful Voice

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 3/6/14 3:00 AM
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Do you know the real power of your voice? Actors know it, broadcasters know it, singers know it, and trainers should know it, too! I came from a theater arts background before I entered the training profession and I quickly learned how necessary a powerful voice is. I was taught how to project my voice on stage so that even the person sitting in the very last row could hear me! My theater directors and coaches taught me to breathe deeply and throw my words out like I was throwing an object out at my audience. Over time, and with consistent practice, I was able to project almost effortlessly.


As trainers, we are sometimes speaking to large groups of people and we must ensure we can project our voice so every participant can hear us. If they cannot hear us, they cannot learn from us. Not only do we need to project our voice and have adequate volume based on our classroom size, but we also need what’s called “vocal variety” to get, and keep, students engaged. The following five tips will assist you when practicing your speaking skills using voice projection and vocal variety.


Volume Practice Tips

1. Practice speaking in front of family, friends and colleagues. Change your volume often. Soft to loud and back again.

2. Practice speaking in an environment full of noise and project your voice, without shouting, so your audience can hear you above the noise.

Vocal Variety Tips

1. Sing in the shower and in your car while listening to music!

2. Read to children. Play with your voice and make it match the characters in the story. Roar like the lion and squeak like the mouse! This adds animation and color to your tone.

3. Practice reading excerpts from books to an audience and insert pauses, speed up, slow down, and add emphasis to match the story.

If you do not think your voice can make a difference in the classroom, just remember all of the boring, monotonous voices of the professors you suffered through in college! And, of course, you don’t want to be one of them. We offer several workshops that can assist you with your development in these areas. We hope to see you in one (or more!) of those workshops soon!



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Linda has been a course leader with Langevin since 2005. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Organizational Behavior and Communication. She’s also had the privilege of teaching at NYU’s Gallatin Division in the area of Theatre and Education. Linda began her career facilitating conflict resolution and coexistence workshops for diverse groups, and running workshops in the Middle East and South Africa, as well as facilitating social issues workshops for young people in the NYC school system. Linda believes learning works best when it is student-centered, experiential, interactive, and fun. Outside of the classroom, you’ll find Linda at the theatre, either as an audience member or actor, or spending quality time with her family and friends.

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