Vocal projection is one of the most important aspects of effective communication. Yet, it is one of the most ignored one.
Vocal projection is a technique to use your voice in a more impactful and assertive manner. You might think that you can achieve this by being loud, but that is incorrect. You need to know the difference between a loud voice and a powerful voice. When you are in a public setting, it is essential to note how you send your message across the room. Your tone, volume, pitch, rhythm, everything plays a role beyond your understanding.
We have curated a list of five ways in which you can improve your vocal projection. They are:
- Record Your Voice: You must have heard many times that we are all our best critics. Self-awareness is always the first step towards self-improvement. Since you are not used to the sound of your voice, when you'll record it and listen to it, you'll be able to figure your mistakes. When you hear it from the audience's perspective, you'll know about the things working and the things that are not.
- Practice Breath Control Exercises: Breath control is the key element of public speaking. You can use your breath to enhance your vocal projection. If you do not have control over your breath, you might crack up while making an important point, and this will break the spell you have over your audience. So, practice breath control exercises in your routine, if you are or aspire to be a public speaker.
- Open Your Mouth: It might seem like an insignificant thing, but many people overlook this. While you might complain about not having a loud enough voice, it could also be the case that you are not opening your mouth enough to let your voice escape freely. Allow your mouth to open wide so that it doesn't restrict your words. To achieve this, practice vocal variety. Read different kinds of books so that your mouth becomes habitual of pronouncing different types of words.
- Improve Your Diction: Diction is how you pronounce your words. It plays an important role in defining the impact and clarity of your speech. There is a manner in which you need to pronounce some words. If you do that, you'll be able to use diction to enhance your vocal impact. While attentive to what you are speaking, please note how you are speaking it.
- Focus Your Voice: Projecting your voice doesn't simply mean letting your voice out in an open space. It is about focusing it in the direction of your target audience. Do not choose a nearby person or object as your point of focus. If you do it, you'll be restricting the throw of your voice. Focus on something placed across the room. So that by the time your voice reached the focal point, it runs through everyone in the room. Practice this at home before applying it in a public setting.
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