Vocal technique is one of the three ‘pillars’ of effective presentations, the other two being content and body language. In the best presentations there is a pleasing congruence between the three pillars, with voice and body language supporting and reinforcing the words being uttered. In the worst there is a jarring dissonance between content and delivery, which makes a presentation very hard to follow, understand and remember.…Read More
As a communication skills trainer, the vocal fault I observe more than any other is – failure to pause.
There are plenty of other vocal infelicities I am called on to correct, such as:
- flat, uninflected voices that utterly fail to engage;
- voices that rise at the end of sentences in the manner popularised by Australian soaps (usually a female fault, this one);
- voices that tail away at the end of sentences (usually because in his/her head, the speaker has moved on to the next thought).