Apr 22 2015

Vocal Impact Tip: 3 Steps and an Awesome Guest Post

Published by under Executive Presence

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-capoeira-woman-awesome-stunts-outdoors-image42091617This week, Prezi published a guest post of mine on their blog. For those of you who don’t know what Prezi is, it’s the latest and greatest presentation software. If you like TED talks, Prezi is that “slide show” that moves in and out and around on the screen, almost feeling like you’re looking into a patient on House. My post is called 3 Steps to a Delivery as Awesome as Your Prezi (and that’s not another medical reference!) You can imagine that I start with Intention and move on to alignment with content and delivery, but I focus on the fact that if you have exciting visuals, you need content and delivery that is a worthy match for those visuals. Otherwise, you will be just another pretty deck.

The alignment of intention, content, and delivery is the key to ANY presentation that rocks, even if you’re using plain old PowerPoint. Here’s a quick refresher to get that going for yourself:

  1. Create a statement of intention (purpose) for your presentation, complete with what you want the audience to do as a result of your preso.
  2. Use that statement as a filter for your content, eliminating anything that doesn’t fit with it and limiting your talk to 3 big ideas.
  3. Practice, practice, practice. And as you practice, find meaning in the words you say and connect that meaning to emotions and stories that evoke images and feelings from your audience.

For more on this topic, please see this post on this blog, Get it Together.

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Apr 14 2015

Vocal Impact Tip: How to get over the sound of your voice

Published by under Vocal Image

Is that my voice?

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-screaming-image5638641The best way to know what your voice sounds like to others is to record it and listen to it. Right? Wrong! In fact you will probably never hear your voice as others hear it. That’s right, the voice you have perfected to be so incredibly sexy and powerful is NOT what others hear.  Why not, you say? Because you have created it in a vacuum.  Yes, the voice you hear in your head is produced in an acoustic environment that is yours alone, not to be duplicated.

Most people (me, too) are disturbed to hear their voice on a recording. It sounds so different from the voice in their head! However, you can’t change something you can’t hear, so I still recommend that you listen to your voice on a recording if you want to develop greater vocal impact. Here’s how to get over the sound you hear and use that recording to move forward:

1. Get your device set to record.

2. Record yourself speaking for 3 minutes about anything you like to talk about.

3. Fix yourself a stiff drink or a cup of tea. (no drinking BEFORE recording!)

4. Listen to the recording.  Wince. Take a sip of your drink.

5. Listen again.  Wince again. Take another sip.

6. Accept that you DO sound like your mother and move on.

7. Repeat the process a hundred times OR until you get used to how different you sound from what you expect. (I’m ok, you’re ok.)

Once you’ve gotten over the shock and the loathing of the sound, you will be objective enough to analyze it for characteristics of speech such as up-speak, inflection and volume to better understand what your voice is saying about you behind your back.

For more on vocal image, please see my post 5 Ways to Polish Your Vocal Image

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P.S. Happy World Voice Day 2015 on April 16!

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