How to Achieve Vocal Power When Presenting

Apart from your non-verbal communications skills, how you speak in front of your audience also carries a lot of weight in being able to  persuade, or inform, or educate your audience. Depending on how you use the vocal tools you have, you can be regarded as a person with or without authority and most importantly, credibility.

Here are the vocal tools you can use to create  presentations with impact:

Creating the Palette – by varying the pitch, tone, inflection, pace, pauses and other emotional nuances of your voice, you can help create visual pictures in the minds of your audience which will help convince them of what you are talking about.

The Potential of Your Voice – by relieving yourself of daily tension, your voice can become more powerful. Practice breathing, yoga and meditation to help you feel more relaxed. When you’re relaxed, the more you can project your voice confidently to your audience.

Getting to Flow – By making sure that you look and sound good while at the same time offering the audience a message worth listening to, then you will be able to move your audience and compel them to listen to you,  believe in you, and take action.

Delivering Honesty – Your audience can see right through you no matter how many times you have practiced your speech. So just be yourself and make sure that what you’re saying resonates with who you really are.

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4 Ways to Achieve Vocal Power

How to Make Panel Discussions More Lively

We’ve all attended a panel discussion at one point in time. Did you ever wonder why it usually comes off as stiff and formal? Did you ever think that perhaps there is a way to make panel discussions more lively, relaxing and fun?

Below are some of the things you can do to make panel discussions more fun especially if you get to be one of the panelists:

1. Learn about the other panelists in advance. You can do this by reading about them online, reading their blogs, looking at some of their video presentations. This way you get to have an idea of what these other panelists are like and you can easily adjust your attitude towards them when yo meet them in person.

2. Have a conversation with the moderator. You can sort of pre-interview the moderator about what to expect during the panel discussion, what specific topics should get covered, what kinds of people are attending the event, etc. This way, you can prep yourself while at the same time help the moderator string the process along in case he/she is not that prepared.

3. Meet your co-panelists in person. Although this is not always possible, it doesn’t hurt to try to invite them for drinks the night before if only to meet them, have a feel about what and how they do things. This way, when the day of the panel discussion arrives, everyone will feel more at ease and relaxed.

4. Ask the audience questions. Most of the time, panel discussions do not ask for audience participation. But remember, panel discussions are presentations too and when it comes to presentations, it’s always about the audience and not about you. So ask your audience and encourage them to participate. This will make your time at the panel discussion more interesting and memorable.

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How to make your panel more fun