It’s a well-known fact that we only get one chance to make a great first impression and that presenting our business confidently requires clarity of message and voice.
One of the reasons why it is important to practice our 60 second or Business Presentation as much as possible before the event, is that if we are nervous, our voice can be badly affected, even if we are normally a confident person in a 1-2-1 situation.
Within that practice however, there are some techniques that will help to keep our voice at the right level so that everyone in the room can clearly hear what we have to say for the whole time of our speech, no matter how long. In this blog, I want to give some insight into a few techniques which if followed correctly, will enable us to raise our voice to the right level to be heard properly.
Before we begin any presentation, it is important that we “centre” ourselves. This doesn’t have to be a big ritual and we can do it very easily without anyone realising we are doing anything different.
All we need to do is quietly take just 3 deep, long breaths to relax our chest, lungs & voice box. We usually don’t breathe properly, we breathe in a very shallow manner and so we run out of air quickly, when this happens coupled with nerves, we become panicked, speak very quickly and people don’t hear most of what we have to say. This is not the way to deliver an effective presentation, particularly a 60 second Pitch. We must breathe correctly to deliver effective presentations.
When you get up to speak (as we always should so people can see & hear us properly) stand with feet hip-width apart and make sure the weight is evenly balanced. Take a deep breath and slow the pace of your voice just a little so that people can clearly hear what you have to say.
Don’t forget to breathe as usual while you are speaking, if you have practised what you want to say there should be no need to rush. Although psychologically we think that we only have either a short time span or a gaping chasm, it is an illusion. This is particularly important for the 60 second pitch.
In a longer presentation, we should move around more (but not too much) to help keep our audience engaged (but not distracted with our antics), with our message and also to keep our energy levels where they need to be & stop us from passing out!
When you have the correct posture and breathing techniques, you will find that you are better able to open the voice box and consequently raise the volume of your voice without shouting so that you can be heard by everyone above any background noise in the room or from outside. Your presentation will be more interesting & memorable if people can hear you clearly. I have seen many people use props, song and raps to promote their message with humour too but only use this if you are confident enough to pull it off.
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