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The Importance of Voice in Public Speaking and Basic Training



Hello everyone, it's Amanda here. Have you ever heard the transformation story of Charmaine Sheh, a renowned actress, from being labeled with a 'chicken voice' to developing a 'newscaster voice'? This journey underscores the malleability and significance of voice, a vital tool for actors, public speakers, and emcees alike in conveying emotions and information. Just like a concert where the musician's skills and emotional expression can touch the audience's heart, our voice has a similar power.



Why Is Voice So Important?


Our voice can significantly affect the audience's emotions and attention. A warm, confident voice can make the audience feel more connected and relaxed, while a sharp, tense voice might cause discomfort. It's like being at a concert where the performer's skills and emotional expression directly impact the audience.



The Essence of Basic Voice Training


Now, let's talk about the importance of basic voice training. I remember when I first started learning public speaking, my voice was often shaky, unstable, and somewhat dull. Through basic voice exercises like breath control and voice modulation, I gradually improved my voice quality, making it more stable and appealing.




How to Undertake Basic Voice Training?


  1. Breath Control: Great voice starts with good breathing. Learning to breathe with your diaphragm, not just your chest, can help you control the intensity and stability of your voice.

  2. Tone Practice: Experiment with different tones and speeds to find a style that suits you. Remember, varying your tone can make your speech more engaging.

  3. Clear Pronunciation: Clear pronunciation enhances your comprehensibility. Practice articulating clearly, especially words that are easily muddled.




Daily Practice for Voice Training


Spend some time each day practicing your voice. You can read a passage aloud, record your voice, and then evaluate and improve it. Also, listen to speakers with excellent oratory skills, like TED Talk presenters, and learn how they use their voice.




Conclusion: The Fruit of Persistence and Effort


I want to emphasize that a good voice is not innate but acquired through practice and effort. Charmaine Sheh initially spent half a year to move away from the 'chicken voice' and another half to develop her 'newscaster voice'. This tells us that becoming an outstanding speaker or emcee requires continuous practice and dedication. Whether you're a novice in public speaking or an experienced emcee, ongoing voice training is key to enhancing your self-expression. I hope these insights help you, and let's use our voices to convey power and charm on this stage filled with sound!



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