Microphones just make any speaking mistakes or tics louder and easier for your audience to detect.Practice speaking with a microphone before your performance and record your speech. This will help you detect words you have pronounced too loudly and times when hard consonants have caused feedback with the sound system.
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You modulate your voice when you change pitch, like when your voice goes up at the end of a question.
Just like with music, its rhythm and tone can convey a meaning that may be different than the literal interpretation of your words.
Being able to modulate your voice correctly is a powerful tool.
Launch a sound recording app on your computer or smartphone. Then, adjust the audio input settings so that it records a pure, unaltered version of your voice. Practice singing to various songs and recording the outcome.
The ability to communicate is the most crucial skill we have.
In Ancient Greece, where educators and philosophers invented language theory, public speaking was a teachable and learnable skill. They didn’t diagnose a shy person suffering from ‘speech anxiety’ to be a bad fit for learning public speaking, but simply a student who needs to learn the larger discipline of rhetoric and speech training. The Greeks had a comprehensive, practical and critical approach towards knowledge, psychology and social interaction, which is sadly missing in this modern age.
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