To get more out of your voice, let’s take spoken word techniques right back to basics!
Words are made up of a collection of sounds. We hear the words and identify their meaning because we know the individual sounds in the language that we speak.
We also know how the collection of sounds change across words and phrases and sentences.. in the language (or languages) that we speak. Meaning is made because we are familiar with the sounds in the language or languages that we know.
But how would it be for us, if we did not speak the language we are hearing?
We would need to have some context to help our understanding of the message being delivered. This is how babies learn to speak.
The adults know this, of course! They are willing to sustain the engagement by making more of their message come through by tapping into the channels of sight, sound and sensation.
Yet, when the same adults speak in professional contexts, they reduce the liveliness, the energy, the expression and the texture of the sounds and the words in the sentences. And the message is lost.
Not for a moment am I suggesting or recommending that every word needs to stand out with same impact and intensity. What I advocate is that, when you are preparing bullet points or headings or general content for a meeting, you identify, as part of that preparation, the key words and phrases that you want to draw attention to, as you speak.
This will enable your voice to be switched on to the meaning of the message and convey that meaning in sound, sensation and ultimately, towards the inner eye of your audience.
Go on! Give this a try. And send your message to me via the audio snapshot link on this page. That way, you and I can chat about what you have learnt during this experimental process.