“Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
As a speaker, the volume of our voice is very important. It can help us make our presentation or speech better. Even a simple sentence such as “I’m here.” or “Are you there?” can be interpreted differently depending on whether it’s spoken with a high voice, low voice, rising voice, falling voice, quickly, slowly, whispering, whining, yelling, or sighing. In some cultures, speaking with a higher voice tone is a common practice, while in others, it’s considered insulting.
The volume of our voice says a lot about us, as speakers. Some speakers speak too quietly, which can cause difficulties hearing them and some of them, on the other hand, too loudly, which can make them hard to be listened. A big challenge in public speaking is finding the right volume for our voice, which is audible and yet pleasing to the ear.
If we speak too quietly, or mumble, people might not be able to hear us well. However, it can also leave a bad impression of us – that we are scared, anxious, not confident, didn’t learn our presentation well or that we’re just disinterested in the topic we talk about. That can make our audience not listen to us or don’t believe in us. (if we don’t know what we’re talking about, the audience will not believe in what we’re saying)
Confident people have a better voice control and speak with a higher voice. However, speaking too loudly isn’t good, either. It can be very unpleasant for our ears and it might be difficult for listeners to stay focused because of the noise.
The most important thing is practice. The more we practice, the better we’ll become. When we present something, it’s not good to speak in the same voice tone during the entire presentation because it might be monotonous and our audience might get bored. From time to time, when we want to stress something important, or just catch people’s attention, it’s good to raise our voice a little bit.
Another thing that can help is us is to record our voice while practicing. Most of us don’t like the sound of our recorded voices or simply aren’t used to hearing them. That’s why the best way is to do it at home, when we’re alone. It’ll make us feel more confident and relaxed. Recoding our voice can help us realize how we actually sound to other people.
Anyone can improve the sound of their voice. Here you can see some breathing techniques can help us develop better volume control as a speaker. However, it’s important to have a certain level of commitment and practice regularly for just a few minutes.