Achieve Excellent Presentations with Great Voice Resonance

In my earlier blog, I talk about the differences between vocal training for speech and for singing. Let’s dive in a little further to talk about how to improve your presentation with voice resonance.

What is Voice Resonance?

“Resonant voice is described as a pattern of voice use with oral vibratory sensations during easy voicing.”

Source: Verdolini K, Druker DG, Palmer PM, Samawi H. Laryngeal Adduction in Resonant Voice. Journal of Voice 1998, 12(3): 315-327.

Vocal resonance occurs when two vocal folds oscillate (or vibrate). The buzzing sound will travel from your vocal cords either down to the chest or out to your mouth, or up to your head.

Achieve Excellent Presentations With Voice Resonance
Achieve Excellent Presentations with Voice Resonance

Various Parts of Vocal Resonance

There are 6 resonance altogether that will help you be more expressive when presenting:

Resonance TypeDescription and Behavior
LarynxWhen the vocal cords vibrate, the air passes over the folds and travels through the larynx, causing a wave response chain.

It travels to other parts of the resonating points, changing the sound’s intensity depending on the diaphragm, throat, and mouth muscles.

It is important to keep your larynx relaxed so that the air can travel without straining it.
PharynxThe next resonating point after the Larynx is the Pharynx.

It is located between the nasal cavity and the Larynx. It forms a little passageway for the air to pass through.

By lifting the soft palate in the mouth, it will heighten the resonance.

Hence, raising your soft palate when speaking or singing is crucial to avoid the nasal sound.
MouthAs the air pass through the Larynx and Pharynx, it will execute out from the mouth and produce a sound.

The speech organs, namely lips, jaws, tongue, teeth, soft and hard palettes, and uvula, will form sounds of vowels and consonants.

Thus, to articulate clearly, speakers and singers have to focus on shaping the speech organs to enhance enunciation.
Nasal
Cavity
In English Pronunciation, there will be a need to allow the air to pass through your nose via the Nasal Cavity.

Such as the consonant sounds “n,” “ng,” and the “m” in English Pronunciation.

Speakers and singers will only use this resonance when they have to executive the above-mentioned consonant sounds.
Upper SkullThe Upper Skull resonance is also commonly known as “head voice.”

The chain wave travels up to the top of your head to produce a high pitch.

This resonance is commonly used by opera singers, where they need to sing their repertoire with the highest pitch they can find.

However, in speech, we will hardly use it, other than when you tell a story to engage the younger kids where you need to raise your voice to the top

For female speakers, you must avoid engaging the upper skills for a long period as it can be perceived as noise and can have an irritating effect on your audience.
ChestThe chest voice is the lowest resonance among all. It gives the speaker a rich and low tonality.

Some females have low chest resonance. However, as a speaker, low resonance can be perceived as low energy or being lethargic.

In Conclusion

Voice resonators form the uniqueness of each individuals’ voice quality. No two persons’ vocal is the same.

Sometimes, speakers might need to wake up the resonators before utilizing them.

In my next blogs, I will teach you how to wake up your voice resonance before a presentation.


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Amazing Voice In 3 Steps

Acing Your Next Gig with an Amazing Voice

In this blog, we will talk about how you can condition your voice for your next BIG EVENT!

If you have an upcoming presentation or performing (singing) gig and wish to deliver it with an amazing voice, please continue reading.

Amazing Voice In 3 Steps (Photo Source: By Fransa From Pexels)
Amazing Voice In 3 Steps (Photo Source: By Frans A From Pexels)

Conditioning Your Voice

You will need to start conditioning and training your voice two months before the gig for any voice-engaging gigs. As you might have known, voice stamina involves using our Vocal Folds, Vocal Muscles, Lungs, and Diaphragm.  

STEP 1: CONDITIONING YOUR VOCAL FOLDS OR VOCAL CORDS

Vocal Cords – Source: Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School)
Vocal Cords – Source: Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School)

The vocal cords are like a rubber band. You can condition it to produce a high pitch or low pitch. You have to prepare it gradually, or else it will be like a rubber band, being suddenly stretched and snap.

Here is an exercise that helps you to condition your vocal cords:

Using the “oo” sound.

Slide the sound from the bottom of your chest voice up to the head voice.  Here we go:

Inhale, execute the breath with an “oo” sound from the chest (low resonance) to head (high resonance)

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Next,

Inhale again, execute the breath with an “oo” sound from the head (high resonance) back to the chest (low resonance)

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Next,

Inhale, execute with one breath with “oo” sound from the chest (low resonance) to head (high resonance) and then from head (high resonance) back to the chest (low resonance)

Make a loop.

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Well done!

STEP 2: EXPANDING THE LUNGS

(note: inhale means breathe in through your nose and exhale means breathe out through your mouth)

Undoubtedly, the lungs are the only respiratory organ we have; it doesn’t help us produce a good grounded sound.  But we can expand our lung capacity to “store” more air so that we can sustain our breath longer with the help of our diaphragm.  Sustaining breath is crucial in both speaking and singing.  Are you ready? Here we go:

Inhale (count to 5 seconds), exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds and then relax.

Repeat 4 times

Excellent!

Here comes our last exercise.

STEP 3: STRENGTHENING THE DIAPHRAGM

What is the Diaphragm?
(Source: Columbia University Department of Surgery)

As the diaphragm is a unique respiration muscle, you need to train this muscle to work for you to achieve an amazing voice with excellent breath control.

Below are some exercises that you can do to engage and strengthen your diaphragm muscles. If you are new to voice training, I would advise that you do these exercises lying down.

Making short and fast “oo” sound

Panting (yes, like a dog)

Good job!

In Conclusion

It is essential to spend some time every day doing the above exercises.

You may do it any time of the day, and I can guarantee, if you are doing it correctly, you will develop an amazing voice for your upcoming gig!

In my coming blogs, I will cover more voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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No 1 Excellent Communication Skills in Business Networking

Communicate to Grow Your Business

Many business owners are concern about getting new business leads. Through communication and interaction with people in a similar industry, you establish a network that will help you ace your score chart. Communication skills in business networking have become essential social skills for career and business growth.

Human Interaction Through Communication

Networking is a form of interaction. When we interact, we need to talk. Talking is a form of communication.

When people meet us the first time, they start to judge us. Our communication with them will determine how trustworthy we are and whether we are good business partners.

According to an article published by Forbes.com,

“You And Your Business Have 7 Seconds To Make A First Impression.”

Source: Forbes.com
Excellent Communication Skills In Business Networking
A Firm Handshake Is Important If You Want To Leave A Good First Impression During Business Networking.

Your Communication Skills

Non-Verbal communication skills are crucial when it comes to face-to-face networking. After all, the first impression counts!

Here is how people will perceive you:

  • Your overall visual impression 
  • Your presentation skills
  • Your eye contact and body language
  • Your confidence
  • Your industrial knowledge

Use Communication Skills to Establish a Personal Brand

Branding is about association. For example:

If you are networking for a creative job, you put on colorful attire because you want people to associate you with being creative.

On the other hand, if you are networking for a legal position, you will choose a dark color suit because you want people to associate with being serious.

So what should you do before, during, and after Business Networking?

Before Networking – Know Your Networking Goals

For Business Networking to succeed, you need to know your networking goals. Here are some networking goals:

  • To broaden your exposure
  • To create a positive image
  • To find prospects
  • To build a relationship with the suppliers and vendors,
  • To build relationships for business referral and influence
  • To build relationships for career
  • To build relationships with potential mentors

Preparing For Networking

Here is a list of things you have to prepare for the event:

  • Updated Business Cards
  • Your Elevator Pitch
  • A List of Questions
  • Appropriate Attire
  • Proper Grooming

During Networking – Observe Your Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Skills

Always look friendly and approachable. Initiate eye contact with people and start talking. Please do not wait for others to initiate a conversation with you because it will never happen. Communicate with an open mind.

After Networking – Follow-Up

Organize the name cards that you have collected at the event. Send them an “It is a pleasure meeting you” email. If you want your prospect to recall and remember you, do it immediately after the session ended.

In Conclusion

Business Networking involves a certain level of communication skills and preparation.

Understand your networking initiative goals, prepare all the necessary tools before attending the sessions, and, most importantly, remember to conduct a post-networking follow-up.

I will cover more on business networking communication and presentation skills tips and techniques in my future blogs.


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Voice Training For A Great Voice

Training Your Voice for Speaking

As we have covered in my earlier blog, our vocal folds play a role, especially for speakers and singers. Please don’t get me wrong; everyone needs a voice to speak. But with proper voice training, your voice can help you drive extra miles.

Whether you are a speaker or singer, part-time or full-time, you need to condition your voice to produce a grounded sound that will travel directly to your audience’s ear.

Always be reminded that a well-controlled sound is a good sound. Larynx plays an important role in facilitating this sound.

When we execute a sound, it collaborates with our speech organs, namely, vocal folds, trachea, pharynx, soft and hard palettes, tongue, jaw and teeth, lips, and uvula, to form articulation.

Source: Voice Training – The Coherent Perception of Speech within Cognitive Science

Voice Training and Sound Wave

“There are several sources of sound in speaking. The energy usually comes from air expelled from the lungs. At the larynx, this flow passes between the vocal folds.”

“In voiced speech, the vocal folds vibrate. This allows puffs of air to pass, which produces sound waves.”

Source: Voice Acoustics: An Introduction

The sound wave has to travel straight or else, it will become unbearable noise.

Suppose you could recall at Karaoke Rooms. Many karaoke-goers are not trained in using their voice properly; thus, the sound wave doesn’t travel straight. Instead, it is being dispersed all over the place and become noise.

This noise is then being amplified, with the help of a microphone and result in more noise.

Voice Training For A Great Voice
Voice Training For A Great Voice

You don’t have to shout to produce a loud sound. You just need to project it properly. Voice training can help you condition your voice and make it sound unique.

Vocal Training does the job of training your voice to the ground, and together with the building of the diaphragm muscle, the sound wave will then move smoothly and directly to your audience’s ears.

Voice In Communication Skills

Based on Professor Albert Mehrabian’s “7%-38%-55% Rule”, our voice takes up 38 per cent of the total Communication Model. Therefore, training up your voice to speak will better connect with your audience. After all, our objective to speak is to pass messages. If your listeners are unable to connect with you, then what is the point of speaking.

In Conclusion

Many speakers and singers are not aware that voice stamina can be trained. 

“The quality of the voice is dependent on many factors; however, barring a physical vocal disability, everyone can learn to sing well enough to sing basic songs.”

Source: Probing Question: Can anyone be taught how to sing?:

Of course, you need to find a vocal coach who understands voice anatomy and constantly utilizes their voice for their profession. Focus on application-based learning rather than theoretical-based. After all, what you want to achieve is the instant application of the skills.

In my later blogs, I will cover more on the various voice techniques vastly used in speaking and singing.


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Top 10 Voice Skills Questions and Answers You MUST Know (Part 2)

Voice Training For A Great Voice
Voice Training For A Great Voice

1.      How long will it take to learn how to sing?

Well, that depends on how much time you spent time practicing the voice skills.  Our vocal folds have to be conditioned to enable them to stretch through our vocal registers.  Our lung capacity needs to be enhanced to store more air in our chest cavity, and our diaphragm is a muscle that needs to be strengthened to work at its best condition.  These are only the fundamentals skills in singing.  Not forgetting that we also need to study the lyrics, put in our emotions, and other singing techniques.  So, practice hard and you will able to sing well.

2.      How do I make my low notes stronger?

Try humming to your lowest chest possible.  Keep the airflow constant, controlled, and relax.

3.        How practical is voice skills training for improving one’s singing?

Many students are not sure how to project their voice correctly for singing or presenting (public speaking).  An experienced coach will be able to “listen” to your voice from inside out and make adjustments if the projection is wrong.  Most of the time, students will not be able to identify whether they project their voice correctly.  Hence, it is crucial to find an experienced coach who can go in-depth to hear the tone placement and provide prudent advice on how to do it correctly.

4.        What qualities of one’s singing voice are most likely to be improved? Will improving voice skills help?

The quality of your voice cannot be altered unless you want to go under the knife, such as reconstruction surgery.  You can use correct voice projection and singing skills to create unique styles with your voice.  Many singers and speakers have their unique styles and have created a persona for them.

5.        Singing well has always been my dream, but my voice falls very short. What is a way I can substantially improve my vocal capacities?

Find your style.  If your vocal range is limited, choose songs that are composed with a short register.   As you practice your voice skills, your vocal range will be broadened gradually.  As the vocal folds are elastic, and it will be conditioned to perform,  apply singing techniques to bring out the inner emotions and create visuals that your audience can resonate with.

6. How can I learn to sing better?

You may learn to sing better by engaging an experienced voice coach. Although numerous articles and resources that you could download from the internet, such as YouTube tutorials, it is never the same compared to having a coach standing beside you, listening and guiding you through the correct steps in voice projection. I have a student who spent hundreds of dollars buying online learning materials on voice projection skills, but soon he realized that he learned nothing from them. 

He spent 2 hours with me, and he understood and learned the new voice skills almost instantly.

7. Is it possible to train your voice to sing like professional singers?

Every individual is different.  Of course, you can train your voice to sing like professional singers, however, the construction of our voice anatomy varies.  Adult men and women typically have different sizes of the vocal fold; reflecting the male-female differences in larynx size. The vocal folds have a three-layer construction of an epithelium, vocal ligament, then muscle (vocals muscle), which can shorten and bulge the folds. (Source: Wikipedia). Hence, you can sing like professional singers, with your own personality and persona.

In Conclusion

Working on developing your voice stamina and quality can sometimes be frustrating. Especially when too many questions are running through your mind and trying hard to find the right answers.

Online tutorials and books can offer some help. However, there are other areas when face-to-face training can be a more effective approach.

If you have any questions that you are not finding any answers to, feel free to drop me a note and I will do my best to answer them.

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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Top 10 Voice Skills Questions and Answers You MUST Know (Part 1)

Voice Skills Q&a (Part 1)
Anything you want to know on Voice Skills.

Voice Skills #1: Is it possible to increase my vocal range?

Yes. Our vocal folds are like an elastic band. They are stretchable. Vocal Pitch is determined by the tightness and size of your vocal folds.

During oscillation, the tighter the vocal folds, the higher the vocal pitch. Hence, by doing Vocal Siren Exercises, you will be able to increase your range over time

Voice Skills #2: What if I’m tone-deaf? Can I learn to sing?

Although it can be challenging for a person with tone-deaf to achieve a perfect pitch, it is not impossible. Do visit my article on “Sing with Tone-Deaf. 100% Yes! This is absolutely possible!” for more insights on how you can train to listen and process a sound before executing it. And before you know it, you will be on your way to delivering a perfect pitch.

Voice Skills #3: Why do I run out of air when I sing?

No doubt, our lungs are the primary organ for respiration; but they perform little help in voice projection.

Many singers and speakers use their lungs to speak, especially when they need to vocalize and sustain a long sound. The vacuum of air in our chest cavity is insufficient to sustain a long sound without grasping another breath. And every time a singer or a speaker trying to catch another breath, it is audible, especially when they have a microphone with them. To make things worse, voice tension and nervousness can result in a rapid heartbeat and make it even harder to breathe.

Hence, we need to extend the air vacuums from the chest cavity downwards to the diaphragm. Once the chest and the lower abdominal cavity expand, more air will be deposited while releasing it when singing or speaking.

Question #4: How do I get rid of the break or crack in my voice?

The vocal break occurs when we need to sing high notes or speak with a higher resonance. The higher the frequency, the higher the pressure we need, to expel the air out of the vocal folds. If you are able to record the position that the vocal break is likely to occur, try reducing the outbound air pressure. Too much pressure will cause the voice to crack or break.

Voice Skills #5: Can I take my chest voice up into my high range?

We all have six voice resonances: chest, larynx, pharynx, mouth, nasal, and upper skull. These six resonances have their unique characteristics. Of course, you can take chest voice into the high range, but it will sound terrible. Do visit my article on “Achieve Excellent Presentations with Voice Resonance” for more reading.

In Conclusion

Working on developing your voice stamina and quality can sometimes be frustrating. Especially when too many questions are running through your mind and trying hard to find the right answers.

Online tutorials and books can offer some help. However, there are other areas when face-to-face training can be a more effective approach.

If you have any questions that you are not finding any answers to, feel free to drop me a note and I will do my best to answer them.

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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4 Easy Steps to Preparing a Last-Minute Presentation

“David, we have an overseas delegate coming in tomorrow, and I need you to present to him our company’s profile, values, and mission. He will be meeting us at 9:30 am tomorrow.”

So, you have a last-minute presentation to do, and you only have one day to prepare.

Sounds daunting.

So, you have a last-minute presentation to do, and you only have one day to prepare. Sounds daunting.

Last-Minute Presentation
Handling Last-Minute Presentation – How do you do it?

Actually, not quite. I am going to share with you a few techniques on how you can handle the situation.

If your boss has asked you to give a last-minute presentation, that is because he knows you are good in your expertise area. Hence, skills and knowledge shouldn’t be a worrisome factor. All you need to do is to follow these steps:

Step 1: 

Ask open-ended questions. Here are some examples:

Who am I presenting to?

What am I presenting? 

How (the method) am I going to present?

When will the presentation take place?

Where will be the presentation take place?

Why are you presenting the information?

What do you think the audience wants for me?

How much time do I have to present?

Who will be presenting along with me?

Step 2:

Once you have answered all these questions, you can ascertain how many slides you need to prepare based on the given presentation timeframe.

“In the early 1980s, researchers found that people suffer from “cognitive backlog.” Simply put, information acts like weights–the more you pile on, the more likely you are to drop everything. A 5-minute lecture produces a relatively small amount of cognitive backlog, while a 30-minute lecture produces a relatively large amount of cognitive backlog.” 

Source: Neuroscience Proves You Should Follow TED’s 18-Minute Rule to Win Your Pitch.

Hence, it would be helpful if you observe the “18-Minute” Rule.  

Depending on how much time is allocated to you for the presentation, here are some rules of thumb that you might want to follow:

Use the number of presentation time allocated, divide by the number of slides you have, and that will be the time you have to present each slide.  

For example:

Duration of Presentation: 10 Mins

Number of Slides: 10

Therefore, the time you have to present each slide is 1 min.

OR

Duration is 20 mins

One point per slides – 3 mins

You will have to limit your slides to 7 slides maximum.

Bear in mind; you have included time for opening and closing addresses.

When preparing for the main points, consider that you need to include at least 2 supporting illustrations, such as case studies and statistics.

Step 3:

Once you have determined the number of slides and the presentation duration, it is time to plan your content.

Take, for example:

If your presentation is 20 mins – 7 slides, including opening and closing addresses:

Slide 1 – Opening / Introduction (1 min)

Slide 2 – Overview (1 min)

Slide 3 – Point 1 + 2 supporting illustration (3 mins)

Slide 4 – Point 2 + 2 supporting illustration (3 mins)

“small break” – ask a question (3 mins)

Slide 5 – Point 3 + 2 supporting illustration (3 mins)

Slide 6 – Point 4 + 2 supporting illustration (3 mins)

Slide 7 – closing (1 min) + Q&A (2 min)

Total: 18 mins (without Q&A) / 20 mins with (Q&A)

If you plan it this way, you will have better control of the presentation and don’t have to worry you will overrun or underrun the time. This will also help you to pace your presentation throughout the duration.

Step 4:

Once you have prepared the number of slides and the contents, it is time to practice visualization. What do you visualize?

The attendee

The venue

The audience

The presentation flow

Your speech 

The facial expression of the audience

As our thoughts shape our reality, visualize the situation as real as possible. There are several benefits in using visualization as part of your presentation preparation:

Boost confidence

Dispel negative association thoughts

Improve the ability to focus

Ability to keep yourself motivated 

Enable you to come up with new and creative ideas

Preparing for the unexpected

The Art of Visualization – A Skill to Preparing Your Last-Minute Presentation

In Conclusion

Preparing a last-minute presentation is not as scary as you think. It is advisable that you practice the above 4 steps regularly and not just do it last minute. Once you get the momentum going, I will assure you that it will no longer be a daunting experience.

Best of luck!

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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Great Business Networking 101 – Questions and Answers (Part 1)

I am an Introvert.  How can I effectively involve in a Business Networking session?

Anyone can effectively involve in a Business Networking session. It is all about how much you prepare for the event and your mental readiness. If you keep a “goal” in mind and keep yourself motivated, you will have a fruitful networking session. Ask yourself this question:

“How can this networking session benefit me?”

Whatever answer it might be, it should be your motivating factor.

How loud should I talk so that my voice is audible?

In a Business Networking session, depending on the crowd and the background noise, you can adjust your speech volume without sounding like you are shouting. The objective of communication is to pass a message. If the background is noisy, it will help if you practiced using Diaphragm to speak. Anchor your vocal tone and adjust the volume as and when necessary. A well-anchored voice will ground your voice better and give others an impression that you are confident and well-prepared.

What can I use to substitute with Name cards as I do not have any?

This should not even be a question.  If you know you have an upcoming networking session, get your name card printed before the event.  Contents in your name card should include:

  • Logo
  • Company name
  • Tagline
  • Your name
  • Job title
  • Website
  • Contact details (Mobile Number, Office Number, and Email Address)

Please do not use an obsolete name card. Striking the old info and write in the new information will only make your image look sloppy. The exchanging of name cards in some regions can be of a higher value practice, such as Japan and China

How can I prepare myself to ask relevant questions?

Before your Business Networking session:

  1. Write down a list of goals that you want to achieve due to time limitations.
  2. Try to get hold of the attendees’ list. If this is not possible, research the organizer’s past events and understand its demographics and background.
  3. Based on your goals, write down the questions that you would like to know.
  4. Prepare a list of contents that you think others will be interested in and share them on top of this.

Networking sessions are also a session to exchange information.

The thought of “Business Networking” makes me nervous.  How do I deal with this?

Here is what you can do:

Step 1:  Keep an Open Mind

Reframe your thoughts and tell yourself it is just information-sharing events. Don’t be too overwhelmed by unable to establish relationships and get new leads. When you are less nervous, your general physics will be relaxed. Thus, able to aura more positive vibes will, in return, engage with people better.

101 Business Networking Q&a
Always Look Enthusiastic And Smile When You Are Communicating With People At Business Networking.
Step 2:  Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Prepare yourself for the event: Before, during and after the session.

Before the event:
  • Do your research
  • Prepare a set of questions.
  • Anticipate questions and prepare a list of answers
  • Dress for the occasion
  • Rehearse in front of the mirror
  • Prepare your marketing pitch.
  • Work on your strategy to get into a conversation.
  • Get your marketing tools ready such as name cards, Resumes, personal or business profiles.

During the event:

  • Be mindful of your body language. It often tells a story.
  • Keep the conversation interesting.
  • Give your best first impression.
  • Maintain a good eye contact

After the event:

  • Follow up with your prospects while they are still hot.
  • Send them an email and thank them for the meeting.
  • Set up further meetings if necessary
5 Eye Contact Tips (Source: Teen Coach)

In Conclusion

Business Networking involves a certain level of communication skills and preparation.

Understand your networking initiative goals, prepare all the necessary tools before attending the sessions, and, most importantly, remember to conduct a post-networking follow-up.

In my coming blogs, I will cover Part 2 of the Great Business Networking 101.


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10 Embarrass Presentation Situations

Handling Embarrass Presentation Situations – What can you do?

Even the most prepared and experienced speakers encounter unforeseen and embarrassing situations during their presentations.  Today, I will share tips on how to handle some of these awkward moments.

Handling Embarrassing Presentations Situations
Embarrass Presentations Situations are sometimes inevitable. (Photo Source: Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels)

Situation #1 – You are late for the event

When your alarm clock refuses to trigger, and you are late for the session. You walked in and apologized sincerely. You may suggest giving the audience an extended break to make it up.

Situation #2 – Unable to locate your PowerPoint file on your laptop

You don’t have to tell the audience that you misplaced your file.  Conduct a spontaneous activity, follow by a debrief.  Interact with the audience to buy time.  You may get someone to email you the PowerPoint or rush home to take it during the break.

Situation #3 – Misaligned PowerPoint slides

Just ignore it.  If the PowerPoint is seriously misaligned, present without the PowerPoint and do some interactive activities.  Realign the slides during the break.

Some Medications Can Affect The Vibrations Of Vocal Folds.

Situation #4 – You lost your voice

Invest in a small mobile PA system.  If the venue does not provide you with any speakers, at least you know you are covered. Use voice dynamics in your presentations to captivate your audience.

Situation #5 – Audience looking at their laptop or mobile phone

Set some ground rules from the start that no laptop is allowed during the session.  This audience behavior is very contagious.  When one starts with the laptop, the rest will follow. Talk about something interesting to bring their attention off the laptop.  You may tell a story or share an experience.

Situation #6 – Audience asked unprepared and unexpected questions

During presentations, the audience will sometimes ask you the most obvious question. No matter what questions they ask, always thank them for any questions.  Politely tell the audience that the question is excellent. If you don’t know the answer, don’t say you don’t know. Tell them you will do some research on it and get back to them with an accurate answer. And keep your promise.

Situation #7 – Audience talking among themselves while you speak

There is always bound to be a “leader” among your audience who will start a conversation among themselves. As a speaker, you can take a leap to walk to them and stand beside them while you continue to speak. Most of the time, they will stop talking

Alternatively, you may lower your voice and pause, which will also lead to the same outcome.

Situation #8 – Audience challenging you with your points

Such an audience is usually experts in their industry. Invite them to share their ideas, and they will be pleased to do that.  Don’t reprimand their ideas.  Be polite about it.

Situation #9 – You have forgotten what you want to say next

Just move one to the next bullet point.  Once you recollect, take the audience back to the slide by telling them that you have missed a significant point earlier, and you know that the audience will benefit from it.  By doing so, the audience will be grateful for your effort.

Situation #9 – You have forgotten what you want to say next

Just move one to the next bullet point.  Once you recollect, take the audience back to the slide by telling them that you have missed a significant point earlier, and you know that the audience will benefit from it.  By doing so, the audience will be grateful for your effort.

Situation #10 – When you forget the presentation flow

When giving a presentation, use keywords to signpost the different stages. It’s a good idea to memorize them and practice using them to come to mind quickly during a presentation. For Example:

Signposts for Different Stages in a PresentationKeywords and Statements
Starting the presentation       – Good morning/good afternoon ladies and gentlemen …
– The topic of my presentation today is …
– What I’m going to talk about today is …  
Why you are giving this presentation– The purpose of this presentation is …
– This is important because …
– My objective is to …
Stating the main points– The main points I will be talking about are:    
. Firstly …
. Secondly…
. Next, finally…
– We’re going to look at …
Introducing the first point– Let’s start/begin with …
Showing graphics, transparencies, slides etc.– I’d like to illustrate this by showing you…
Moving on to the next point      – Now let’s move on to  …
Giving more details    – I’d like to expand on this aspect/problem/point
– Let me elaborate on that
– Would you like me to expand on/elaborate on that?
Changing to a different topic    – I’d like to turn to something completely different
Referring to something which is off the topic– I’d like to digress here for a moment and just mention that …

Referring back to an earlier point
– Let me go back to what I said earlier about …
Summarizing or repeating the main points– I’d like to recap the main points of my presentation:
. First I covered
. Then we talked about
. Finally, we looked at
– I’d now like to sum up the main points which were:
Conclusion– I’m going to conclude by… saying that/inviting you to/ quoting …
– In conclusion, let me… leave you with this thought/invite you to
Questions– Finally, I’ll be happy to answer your questions…
– Now I’d like to invite any questions you may have…
– Do you have any questions?
(Source: https://www.learn-english-today.com/)
Effectively prepare yourself can prevent embarrassing presentation moments.

In Conclusion

If you are well-prepared for your event, anticipate and visualize the unexpected, you will be able to go through the ordeal. Good luck!

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on business communication and presentation tips and techniques.


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8 Secrets To Developing A Voice You Love

In Love With Your Voice

Sometimes, I have students telling me that they hate their voices. Since there is no way to change your voice, why not accept it, condition it and learn to fall in love with it?

What Makes Our Voice Unique?

Researches pointed out that our vocal quality is like our fingerprints. No one is the same.

There several explanations of why everyone’s vocal is unique:

      • The shape and size of the vocal folds;
      • Individual’s body size;
      • The size of the vocal tract;
      • The stamina of an individual
Everyone has a unique voice.

Secrets to Developing A Unique Vocal Quality

Secret #1: Posture

Posture affects your breathing. If you want to drink water, would you prefer to drink from a straight straw or a bent straw? If you stand straight but not stiff, your lungs and trachea can work together without much congestion. Doing this will give you a well-sustained breath.

Love Your Voice
Ensure Good Posture For A Smooth Vocal Flow

Secret #2: Breath Control

Try expanding your rib cage to increase the space in your chest cavity. As your lungs expand, more air is sucked in through your nose or mouth. This means that you can sustain your breath longer without constantly grasping your breath to complete a long statement.

Secret #3: Enunciation

Speech clarity helps you to project a confident voice. Make sure you open your mouth when you articulate and exaggerate your mouth movements. Doing mouth exercises will help to enhance speech clarity. After all, our speech organs, namely, jaw, palettes, teeth, tongue, vulva, and lips, shape our mouth to articulate with vowels and consonants. 

Secret #4: Speaking Pitch

Make sure you place your pitch correctly while speaking.  Visualize this:

Imagine your body is a 10-story elevator. 

Hence:

Chest Resonance will be on the first floor.

Low Resonance will be 3rd floor.

Mid-Resonance will be 5th floor.

High Resonance will be 8th floor.

Head Resonance will be a penthouse (10th floor and above)

As a speaker, we place our tone from Low resonance to High resonance. As for singers, they will have to utilize all the resonances. We also call these resonances “the registers.”

10 Ways To Love Your Voice
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Secret #5: Speaking Speed

The ideal speaking speed is about 120 words per minute.

That will measure 2 words per seconds.

Try to record your speech and then evaluate your speaking speed. For non-native English speakers, whereby speaking too fast and with a strong native accent is a disadvantage in a presentation, this is an important technique to learn.

Here is a formula for you:

Standby a timer and start reading a paragraph.

You read 1,000 words in five minutes;

You would perform the following calculation:

1000 / 5 = 200

Therefore, you read at a rate of 200 words per minute

(Source: penandthepad.com)

Secret #6: Volume

You don’t want to whisper at a presentation. No one is going to hear you. You don’t want to shout either. You want to produce a firm but loud sound. This is where proper voice projection skills come in. Use your diaphragm to speak. The diaphragm will help to push the air out of your mouth to execute a loud sound without straining your vocal cords, like shouting.

Secret #7: Record Yourself

Download a voice recording app on your mobile phone. Present or recite a script. Record it. Play it back and listen. Vary your vocal tone, your speed, and your volume. Gradually you will discover a style that you are comfortable with and suits you.

Secret #8: Diet and Medication

Avoid taking dairy products, honey, and fruits before your presentation, as it will stimulate the secretion of mucus in between your vocal folds. As a result, your vocal folds might not be able to vibrate properly, affecting your voice’s quality.

Some medication such as muscle relaxant helps relax your body muscle and relax the muscles around your vocal cord. This will result in weak vibration, and your voice will sound muffled.

In Conclusion

There is nothing as good or bad voice. A good vocal without polishing and conditioning will not sound nice and professional. So, stop hating your voice but start conditioning it, and you will fall in love with it in no time.


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