How do leaders and influencers manage any potential conflict or tension between each unique voice’s quality, vocal style and delivery choices? To answer this, we need to examine the relationship between a speaker’s voice quality and how that speaker manages the voice itself in the moment of speaking.
In ideal circumstances, the speaker’s purpose aligns with their spoken word intentions. This ensures that their message is heard and interpreted, free of distractions, disturbances and distortions.
Differences in physiology, differences in emotive states and differences across the speaker’s intention all influence the impact of the spoken word.
Voice quality is driven by an individual’s physiology and the ways in which that physiology is managed by the speaker during the voice creation and spoken word process. A voice’s depth and lightness in pitch, changes in the use of the pitch range, the natural vocal volume and the speaker’s ability to use less or more voice as the context requires, all come into play.
In addition, from moment to moment, the speaker is required to identify and adjust:
- the worth of longer or shorter pauses
- changes in tonal messages
- the rise and fall of the voice across the pitch range
- changes in volume and intensity in alignment with, or counter to, the content being spoken
- apt clarity in language choices
- how to draw attention to key words in each sentence
Each of these shifts in vocal behaviour take place in a moment.
Also, a speaker’s voice has the potential to be influenced by the speaker’s emotional state when they speak.
When speakers are familiar with their general vocal impact they are better able to check and re-direct how they want their voice to sound as they speak.
Consider this as a professional development option to advance your spoken word impact.