Here are snippets of recent conversations with clients:
- ‘Something wasn’t quite right.. she said it didn’t matter… but she sounded like it did!’
- ‘I was distracted by the noise. The audience heard it too… It took a few moments to get back on track and pick up the thread again.’
- ‘When the laughter stopped, there was a slight … awkwardness …. before our conversation continued. I was aware of a change in climate at that meeting.’
These examples highlight the relationship between mood and the action of the voice mechanism in spoken word contexts. Remember that the creation of voice relies on a number of physical activities in the throat and chest which together, give rise to sound and its transformation into speech.
Each of these physical actions happen spontaneously.
Most of time when we speak, we don’t have to think about the vocal structure, the impact of breath, the responsiveness of that structure and how they are working together. It happens naturally, arising from the impetus of and idea that needs to be spoken.
But, what if the situation and the context in which we are speaking need active, strategic vocal and verbal attention?
Yes, then, we need to be aware of the critical role that the voice plays in conversation, discussion and spoken word presentation.
We need to pay attention to how the voice sounds as the words are being spoken. Also, how the purpose of the message is being delivered by the speaker. And how we want the message to be be heard, interpreted and acted upon by those attending to the speaker and the content.
There is much to consider when strategic messages are being spoken by several and various key influencers in organisations. Purpose, preparation and practice are essential to ensuring that the message is heard in line with the strategic intention of the message itself.
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