Reading out loud is a great way to warm up the voice and maintain good vocal skills. It’s a great way to develop your vocal control, expand your range and allow yourself the liberty of roleplaying the characters when storytelling.
Reading out loud will work your vocal endurance, clarity of speech, ability to sight-read, act and enjoy the whole experience.
As you read aloud, keep in mind you are a storyteller, so your reading should bring the story, or the scene you are describing, to life so the person listening, believes every word you say. Honesty and authenticity are also key.
When practising, playwith the characters in the books. Don’t read in your normal voice! Use a different voice to bring the character to life. Remember to be clear and specific with what you are saying. The meaning must not be lost because of your character choice.
How can this assist in my business discussions, meetings, presentations and speeches?
You will learn to use more melody and vocal variety. Your clarity of speech will improve. You will practise pacing and pausing in appropriate places. Your breathing will improve. You will learn to bring a story to life. This will, ultimately, help you to captivate and engage your audiences at all times.
It’s easy to admire those who are able to stand in front of an audience and give a peak performance without showing their nerves…whether it be an actor, a singer, speaker or someone giving a presentation.
You too, can reach this level of calm when you’re about to speak, sing or present. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare.
It’s quick and effective method to keep you focused.
Do you have a hard time being heard in meetings or discussions?
Maybe your voice is too soft, you lack confidence, you are nervous speaking in front of people. Perhaps you mumble or speak with a monotone.
You know you have valuable information to share with your colleagues, but for some reason, you find it hard to participate in discussions and express your viewpoints. Even when you do get a word in, you find others very quickly speak over you or barely notice you opened your mouth.
Your voice is not reflecting your position and is holding you back from future career development.
If this sounds like you, there IS a way to improve your vocal skills.
There are several different reasons as to why the above scenarios may be causing you grief.
When you are nervous, your throat gets tight and your voice doesn't come out sounding like YOU. It might be shaky, or hoarse, or barely audible. You might find you trip on your words. This causes embarrasement and you become so discouraged you don't even want to speak up any more. After a while, your colleagues, may even question your competence because you never voice your opinion.
A similar senario can occur with mumbling and monotone. If the voice is inaudible, not clear, or uninteresting to listen to, people will often shut out, or speak over the person who is speaking. Again this can cause feelings of frustration, discouragement and over time you will hold yourself back from speaking openly. This in turn can dramatically hold you back in your career and personal life.
If you feel your voice is holding you back from reaching your goals and turning your dreams into a reality, it's time you took the step to make a change. Learn to speak with a voice which communicates with confidence and reflects your skills and competence.
I would love to assist you to reach your goals.
In an initial 45 min assessment session we will discuss your weaknesses and your strengths and establish a plan for future development. You will leave the session knowing exactly the course of action needed to reach your goals.
As we mature into adulthood our voices become cultured and civilised, and we lose touch with our expressive natural capabilities. We hold back our ideas and feelings through anxiety, fear, cultural expectations and more. We forget the way we used to easily express our experiences and emotions as children. Over time, our voices become restrained and limited in potential.
But your voice is your greatest asset.