As professional speakers and presenters, you may be aware of keeping your speech moving along with vocal variety to avoid a monotonous tone. Your speech is like a tossed salad with specific delicious ingredients available for you to extract, so each mouthful is a fresh delicious moment. In terms of your speech ingredients these include: your pace, timing, inflection, volume, pitch, and use of pause; which you draw upon at vital moments in your delivery for the audience to savour. The key for the presenter is to know when and what elements work more effectively together so you don’t deliver a mixed salad with too many fixings and too much dressing. This results only in a buffet salad of mush. So how do you create the right balance?
Initially, you must keep your core voice itself, like the lettuce, fresh and in tune. It only takes a moment to follow a daily routine of keeping your vocal folds moist with water, and your articulators (tongue, teeth, lips, jaw) lubricated with a quick tongue twister or two. Tense-releasing muscle stretches to relax your body and neck will produce resiliency, like any plump tomato, or fresh vegetable to fill your appetite. But there is still more to do.
Next, focus on how to combine the inflection and pause correctly from your many rehearsal times so the best of your voice evolves, as the master chef would try his hand at various creations until his signature combination was a winner. Ask yourself: “Does my pause linger too long or not enough? Is my inflection appropriate or too similar a pattern, too sing-song in rhythm, or too like reciting a grocery list? Is my meaning coming through with the emphasis on the right word? So, the rehearsal process is key to deciding what works, or not, to make the many factors of your speech resonate well with you and your audience. This gives you the confidence and knowledge to appear as a Master Chef!
Finally, your choice of the correct salad dressing which drizzles throughout your creation, and gives it’s delicious tinge, is all about your supporting breath which pulses through your speech. It is the trace of vocal power that keeps your energy going from the quiet moments to the robust passionate flavours of emotion that burst through to your applause.
If you can do all of this; then the answer to “Are you a Vocal Master Chef?” is definitely, “Yes!”
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Brenda C. Smith