As a Speech Coach, I help clients learn how to speak with “poise, passion, and persuasion,” so they will generate the “attention, agreement, and action” they want.
Yet some of my students express surprise when I urge them to “be themselves.” Often I quote a Speech Coach for the first President Bush and for Ronald Reagan–when he said: “No one can play you as well as you can.”
Constantly, I’m looking for other Speech Coaches who advocate my approach to giving presentations naturally, not artificially. That’s why advice from expert Jan Fox caught my attention a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately, she granted permission for me to share her guidance with you.
USE YOUR OWN AUTHENTIC VOICE WHEN YOU MOVE TO THE STAGE
Here’s what Jan wrote for SpeakerNet News:
“Don’t you hate it when you hear speakers networking in the rooms or the hallways using their normal tones of voice; then when they hop up on stage, they dig out the old Ted Knight (of Mary Tyler Moore Show fame) SPEAKER voice? Where did the authentic person go? The stage or the front of the room demands a bigger you, a louder voice, a more resonant, inclusive tone, but NOT a DIFFERENT you. Bring your most authentic self to the stage, or the audience will tune you out. There goes your great message.”
CHECK YOURSELF ON THIS VITAL POINT
Here are some ways to determine whether you kept your authentic voice or adopted another tone when you faced an audience:
–Ask a friendly audience member to give you candid feedback
–Listen to a recording of your speech
–Enlist a Speech Coach to evaluate your voice consistency
MORE ABOUT JAN FOX
Jan’s career includes Emmy-winning broadcasting in local network TV news for three decades. In addition to her coaching, she serves as a keynote speaker, consultant, and educator.
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