Set the Tone with Your Tone of Voice

Set the Tone with Your Tone of Voice
June 26, 2009

When people hear your voice in a multi media presentation like Brainshark they are emotionally impacted by the tone you use when speaking.  You can use your tone of voice to set the tone for the presentation.  Your tone will either convince people that you are enthused, interested and confident and they will stay to listen to more or it won't and they won't.  


Here are 10 things to consider when recording your presentation


1.                  Be familiar with the script.  The best way to not sound like you are reading when you are reading is to have read the material at least twice before recording.  When you are familiar with the text you can focus on delivery and you will do a better job.

2.                  Practice out loud.  The presentation will be listened to and so it is important for you to practice it and hear it out loud.  This is usually the time that you discover words and phrases that should not be put together because they are difficult to articulate.

3.                  Be upbeat.  Enthusiasm is contagious, so spread it liberally.  An enthusiastic tone communicates interest and confidence.  People like to listen to interesting, confident people.  The converse is also true.

4.                  Smile.  It may feel silly at first, but it is hard to not to be upbeat with a smile on your face.  Your audience will no­tice the difference.   If it helps, put a mirror on your desk to see if you are smiling.

5.                  Sit up straight.  Or even stand up if it helps.  The point is to make sure that you are breathing deeply by having good posture.   Breathing from the diaphragm helps you speak with a stronger more confident tone.

6.                  Speak conversationally.  You are giving a presentation so speak as you would if you were standing in front of an audience.  Speaking too quickly or slowly will make the audience uncomfortable and they will choose not to listen.

7.                  Speak clearly.  You want to make sure you pronounce your words correctly however; over articulation is also a big mistake.  Your audience will appreciate clarity but they will take over articulation as the communication of a condescending tone.  If you follow hint #6 you will be fine.

8.                  Drink water.  Lubricate your vocal chords and they will perform better.

9.                  Listen.  Record the presentation, listen to the recording and then answer this question: "Does it sound like I care?"  If the answer is "Yes" then you are done.  If the answer is "Maybe", or "No", then you have to record it again until the answer is a definite "Yes".

10.             Have fun.  If you are enjoying yourself then your audience will feel it by hearing it in your voice and they will listen to more of what you have to say and believe it when you are saying it.


Have a Sharktastic Day!