15 Recommended Great Speeches

 So You Want To Deliver Great Speeches

Great Speeches don’t have to be delivered by great people.  Everyone can deliver great Call-To-Action speeches.  


Thomas Suarez, a 12-year-old, taught himself to build iPhone apps. Suarez started an app club at his school, helping other kids build and share their creations, and also gave a Ted-X Talk, which was seen by nearly 2 million viewers on YouTube. (Text Source: abcnews.go.com)

Qualities of Great Speeches:

  • Well-planned with a clear objective
  • Well-structured with a logical and smooth flow
  • Delivered with clarity and conviction
  • Captivating contents
  • Delivered in simple English
  • Delivered with body language that connects with the audience
  • An appropriate vocal tone that relates to the topic and connects with the audience
  • A voice that brings out the inner feelings and forms emotional connections
  • Ability to relate the contents with things that the audience are familiar with
Great Speeches Don't Have To Be Delivered By Great People But Giving Great Speeches Can Make You Great People.
Great Speeches Don’t Have To Be Delivered By Great People But Giving Great Speeches Can Make You Great People. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Today, I would like to share 15 speeches that I deemed are great speeches.

#1 – Oprah Winfrey: Golden Globes 2018 Speech

Oprah Gail Winfrey, an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

#2 – Alexander Betts: Why Brexit Happened – And What to Do Next?

Alexander Betts, a Social Scientist who explores the ways societies might empower refugees rather than pushing them to the margins. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#3 – Nigel Marsh – How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Nigel Marsh, an Author and Marketer who presents and writes on business and persona life – and how the two interact. He is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired.” (Text Source: Ted.com)

#4 – Joan Halifax: Compassion and The True Meaning of Empathy

Joan Halifax, an Author and Zen Priest who is known for her compassionate work with the terminally ill. She is a driving force of socially engaged Buddhism. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#5 – Bill Gates: The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready

Bill Gates, a Technologist, and Philanthropist who changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success.(Text Source: Ted.com)

#6 – Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs, the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc.. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

#7 – Sir Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Sir Ken Robinson, an Author, and Educator who challenged the way we educate our children, championing a radical rethink of how our school systems cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.(Text Source: Ted.com)

#8 – Bill Bernat: How to Connect with Depressed Friends

Bill Bernat, a Mental Health Awareness Advocate. He is a recovering addict living with a bipolar condition who advocates for mental health awareness through speaking, comedy, and storytelling. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#9 – Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin: Tiny Robots With Giant Potential

Paul McEuen, a Physicist whose research explores the nanoscale world. Marc Miskin, an Engineer who works on the design and fabrication of cell-sized robots. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#10 – Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over

Mel Robbins, is a bestselling Author, Life coach, TV Host. and CNN Commentator. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#11 – Astro Teller: The Unexpected Benefit of Celebrating Failure

Astro Teller, an Entrepreneur, Inventor, and Author oversees the secret projects that could reshape our lives in coming decades. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#12 – Tony Fadell: The First Secret of Design is … Noticing

Tony Fadell, a Product Creator, the originator of iPod. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#13 – Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and The Drive to Keep Creating

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”. Her fascinations: genius, creativity, and how we get in our own way when it comes to both. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#14 -Kate Bowler: “Everything Happens for a Reason” – And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Kate Bowler, A Divinity Professor, and Author who is reexamining her perspective on the “prosperity gospel”: the belief that good things happen to good people. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#15 Jack Ma Speech at Lomonosov Moscow State University

Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, (Text Source: Wikipedia)

In Conclusion

If you want to deliver impactful speeches, you have to believe in what you are delivering. Never undermine every speech that you deliver. Believe it or not, some of which might act as a catalyst for individual and organizational transformation.

Craft your speeches and know what your audience wants from you. Do not deliver a speech for the sake of presenting. Remember that informative speeches educate, whereas emotional speeches lead people to “buy-in” for your ideas.


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Great Communication Skills 101

Part 1

Great Communication Skills 101 

Answers all your questions relating to how you can better communicate with others. This 3-parts article will provide answers to the common questions you have about improving your Communication Skills. So, let’s dive in!

Great Communication Skills 101
Great Interaction Skills will bring you positive and healthy relationships

What are communication skills?

Communication Skills are skills of getting your message across via both verbal and non-verbal ways.

How can I improve these skills?

To improve these skills, you need to review your current verbal and non-verbal behaviors while interacting with others.

“In the 1970s, Prof. Albert Mehrabian of the University of California in Los Angeles cited that words, tone of voice, and body language respectively account for 7%, 38%, and 55% of personal communication.”

Verbal Behaviors are basically “what,” you say, which comprises:

    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Content

Non-Verbal Behaviors, on the other hand, is “how” do you say it, which comprises:

Voice

    • Pitch
    • Volume
    • Pacing
    • Speech fillers
    • Enunciation
    • Articulation

Visual

    • Body Language
    • Eye Contact
    • Hand Gestures
    • Attire
    • Overall Image
  •  

Hence, to improve these skills, you need to tackle every part of the above behaviors.

To Improve Your Skills, We Need To Review Your Current Verbal And Non-Verbal Behaviors.
To improve your interaction skills, you need to review your verbal and non-verbal behaviors.

Why is it important to have good communication skills?

Your communication skills affect how you relate to others. It will also project an image on you. You want others to associate you with depending on what and how your message is being sent, even down to the clothes you wear. Hence, having good interaction skills is crucial at both professional and personal levels.

What are five great ways to improve your communication skills?

    • Study how people conduct great speeches.
    • Identify people around you that communicate well and study how they do it.
    • Practice talking to yourself in front of a mirror.  How you see yourself is how others see you.
    • Listen to podcasts or audiobooks and learn the correct pronunciation from good speakers.
    • Record your speeches and playback to review. Set your goals and standards. Repeat the process until you are happy with your performance.

How do these skills help you in the workplace?

People with good interaction skills will have a better chance of being promoted or hired, especially for those who work in Multi-National Companies, when you need to communicate with people of all regions.

How important are these skills in the corporate world?

In the corporate environment, people come from all walks of life. Miscommunication happens when communicators conclude statements based on assumptions. 

When people from different cultures and languages come together, working in the same environment means that you have to buckle up your interaction skills to avoid miscommunication and achieve the best outcomes.

In Conclusion

Communication Skills, being one of the most important interpersonal skills globally, has their own attributes of attraction if you can fully understand and the ability to apply them. It is not just passing messages across. It encompasses a deeper notion that will bring people closer together and enhance healthy and positive relationships.

In my next blog, I will cover Part 2 of our 3-parts article on Great Communication Skills 101.


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How to Manage Panic Attacks in Presentations

Managing panic attacks in presentations instead of letting your fear take control over you.

In today’s blog, we will be discovering ways to manage this inner devil.

Amy looked through her notes for the final time before the event started. “It all seems good. I should not fine.”. “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I am Amy from ABC Company. And it is my pleasure to be your host for this afternoon.”… then a long silence….. Amy started to perspire, and her intestine started to twist, and she felt like vomiting.”

Yes, Amy just suffered a panic attack.  

“I thought I am well-prepared. But why am I still having a panic attack”.

Believe most of us who have attempted to speak at events had such an experience. Are we alone? Absolutely not! Even Hollywood and pop celebrities, which perform numerous times, have experienced it.  

Source: Psych Hub Education

What causes this anxiety and panic attack during speeches, and how can we help ourselves eliminate such incidences from happening?

According to an article written by Medical News Today:

“Panic attacks usually occur without a trigger. Anxiety is a response to a perceived stressor or threat. Panic attacks appear suddenly, while anxiety symptoms become gradually more intense over minutes, hours, or days. Panic attacks usually subside after a few minutes, while anxiety symptoms can prevail for long periods.”

For a person with panic disorder, anxiety may trigger a panic attack. Since anxiety can lead to a panic attack, why not we tackle anxiety as a priority.

Panic Attacks — A Vicious Cycle

An anxiety attack can be a vicious cycle if we do not reverse the cycle. Below is a simple illustration of a vicious negative thought process:

Panic Attacks In Presentations
Panic Attack – A Vicious Cycle

Source: The Vicious Circle Thought Form

Under the Principle of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, when a situation triggers a negative thought, it will cause our body to react negatively, both emotionally and physically:

Negative Emotions Reactions

  • Fear, dread, panic
  • Frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness

Negative Physical Reactions

  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle Tension
  • Sweating blushing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or stomach ache
  • Trembling voice

The two reactions will then lead to behavior to act negatively.  

Methods To Eliminate Negative Thoughts

One key method to eliminate fear and negative thoughts is “self-talk.” Practice positive self-talk to nourish our negative brain. The more you feed your brain with “good thoughts,” it will gain health over time. Here is some “self-talk” that you can use, particularly in public speaking:

  • “It is going to be OK. I have rehearsed many times.”
  • “It is alright to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes.”
  • “I will do what I can do best. The rest is secondary.”
  • “I will use this opportunity to gain experience.”
  • “I will do better each time.”
  • “If the boss sees me doing this, he might give me a promotion.” (self-motivation)
  • “I will treat them like kids, no threat at all.”
  • “I’m given this task because the boss knows that I can do it.”
  • “It is OK. The more I practice, the better for me.”
  • “I will stand out among my peers after this presentation.”

In Conclusion

Delivering a presentation doesn’t have to be a scary experience. If you fear public speaking, keep your mindset positive. Acknowledge your fear and manage it. Transform the negative energy into a winning attitude.

In my next blog, I will talk about how we can prepare ourselves to expect the unexpected. Stay tuned!


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Top 5 Presenters’ Hacks – Expect The Unexpected

Presenters’ Hacks Revealed!

Many times, when we look at speakers on the stage, have you ever think in your mind, wow! They are so good.  They are so confident, so well-prepared and so charismatic. What presenters’ hacks do they have?

Today, I am going to share with you:

Top 5 Presenters’ Hacks

1.     Forget What to Say.  Most new trainers experience butterflies in the stomach when they come to their first few presentations.  Because of that, they tend to speed up their presentation so that they can close the file and move away.

Our thoughts run faster than we speak.  As a result, points got missed out.  And when this happens, new presenters will have a gust of panic and lose it all.  So, don’t panic if you missed the point.  Your audience is not going to know at all.

Just maintain your calm and proceed to the next point.  You can always come back to the point later by saying: “Oh yes, there is an important point that I have missed out earlier, let me bring you back to the slides.”

2.     Looking Nervous.  As a seasoned presenter, feeling nervous on each gig is inevitable, especially you are in a new environment with a group audience with unknown demographics.  When this happens, your mind will start to build the worst scenario that you can think of, such as, “oh dear, so many people looking at me, what if I made mistakes…” or “Will they like the stuff that I present, what if they don’t?” etc.  Feeling nervous is normal due to the hormones cortisol and adrenaline.   Next time, if this happens, transform nervous to energy as if you are on a battlefield.

It is either lives or die.  You might as well give a good fight and live.

3.     Speaking Too FastSpeaking too fast and rambling can be a post-effect of nervousness—your speech speed tally with your heartbeat.  When your heart beats fast, your speech will go fast.  And when you start to ramble, you start to confuse the audience.  So, next time, when you are speaking too fast, slow down your breathing.  This will slow down your heartbeat and thus slowing down your speech.

4.     Audience Playing with Mobile Phones.  Presenters have to keep their eyes on their audience constantly.  Observe their body language.  Most of the time, the body movement and hand gestures send you a message.  Playing and meddling with the mobile phone is contagious.

Presenters' Hacks
No Need To Feel Embarrassed About The Unexpected

If you start seeing some audience to that, you need to interject your presentation with some creative games or exercises or get them to talk about their experience.  Audiences are more receptive to stories.  So, start gathering stories that you can use to combat the audience’s boredom. 

5      Unable to Answer Questions.  When being prob questions that you can’t answer, feeling incompetence is the least thing that should happen.  Although you are not able to answer them now, you can always answer them later by saying: “thank you very much for the great questions.  It is definitely a good source for me to research on.  Let me work on the details, and I will get back to you ____ (give a time frame that you are comfortable with)

In Conclusion

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

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7 Benefits of Great Presentation Skills at Work

Presentation Skills Gaining Its Popularity

Presentation skills have seen gaining importance at the workplace in recent years. With the pandemic, corporations are taking their stand on conducting meetings virtually.

In today’s blog, we will talk about how this skill can help us achieve our career goals.

Presentation Skills At Work
In The Earlier Years, Knowledge Was Essential, And Most Education System Focuses On Scoring On Academic Subjects
Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

Changing Trend

In the earlier years, knowledge was essential, and most education system focuses on scoring on academic subjects. 

This priority has evolved tremendously over the years. In today’s context, we talk about soft skills. 

In Institutions, even down to lower primary schools, trainers are engaged by external providers to give training to young students to equip themselves with the skills they need to stay in employment or land their first job.

“Employers/Industry is demanding graduates with excellent presentation skills.”

The essence of effective presentation skills in engineering education

Even those from the technical industries, such as engineers, start to realize the importance of presentation skills as they advance to their career path. 

Executives working in foreign companies have also faced competition for career growth, where presentation skills are crucial for not getting a deserved promotion. 

What You Need To Know

Since there is so much emphasis on presentation skills at the workplace, what do presentation skills comprise? It comprises:

  • The Content
  • Body Language
  • Visual Appearance
  • Eye Contact
  • Voice Skills
  • Articulation
  • Voice Dynamics
  • Pacing
  • Speech Fillers

Have you noticed something? The “content” only represents a small fraction of the whole presentation skill set. So, what does this tell you? It tells you that contents are important, but how you deliver the contents is even more critical.

In the 1970s, Prof. Albert Mehrabian of the University of California in Los Angeles cited that words, tone of voice, and body language respectively account for 7%, 38%, and 55% of personal communication.

Communication Skills
Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 Rule of Personal Communication

What are the benefits of having good presentation skills?

Perception: Perception is about mental association. A person with good presentation skills will be perceived as confident, reliable, trustworthy, and refined.

Heighten Your Confidence: Have you been applauded after a speech? It feels good. Will you do more speeches in the future? A BIG YES!

Time-Saving: A well-planned presentation can eliminate a lot of wasted time on rambling the unnecessary.

Minimize Miscommunication: If you are constantly being asked this: “excuse me, what did you say? Can you please repeat?” Some people don’t even bother to ask you to repeat. They ignore what you just said. Good articulation will enhance enunciation, and this is very important.

Demonstrate Authority: Voice projection is about grounding the sound wave from the sound you made. A grounded voice with good voice dynamics will allow you to present as a leader. Listen to Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. Don’t you want to sound like him?

7 Benefits Of Great Presentation Skills At Work
A Good Voice Dynamics Will Allow You To Present As A Leader.

Positive Branding: Energize your image with your voice. Double it up with your body language. People associate these elements with positive vibes. 

Better Promotion Opportunities: A couple of years back, a senior executive came to me for presentation skills training because he missed his promotion. When others constantly interject when you present, it is time for you to look into improving your presentation skills. 

In Conclusion:

It is never too late to look at your own presentation skills.  Try presenting in front of a camera, record, playback and evaluate.  How did you score in the Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 Rule of Personal Communication

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5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons

Social Gatherings and Communication Skills

With festive seasons round the corner, many feel obligated to attend social gatherings.

There might be a chance that you will meet new people, who might be your potential business associates or customers.

However, social gatherings involve a lot of communication skills.

From the way you communicate verbally to your body language and hand gestures. It takes practice and applications to perfect it.

In today’s blog, I will provide some communication tips to ensure that you present yourself positively and establish a good impression at social events.

Your Mindset

5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons
Reframing is not about self-deceiving. It is about jumping out from the old frame and re-picture yourself in the new frame for a brand-new perspective.

Be careful of what your mind tells you. Ironically, our minds are brilliant in sending us a negative message. Keep a positive and open mind when being invited to social events. 

 If you are getting negative messages from your mind, try reframing the message. Here is an example:

Negative Message from Your Mind: 

“What again? I don’t even know the people there. It is a waste of my time.”

Try Re-Framing the Statement:

“What again? Well, since I am invited, I will see what business or career opportunity that will bring.”

Your Objective

Once you have established an open mindset, the next step is to set your goals.

Since you will be spending some time at the event, do a quick research on who will be there and the occasion. If you can visualize your goals, it will render the event some importance.  

Your Preparation

After you have identified your goals, prepare yourself for the event:

  • Whom do you want to approach?
  • How will this person help you with your goal?
  • When is the best time to arrive?
  • When is the best time to leave?
  • What do you need to bring along, e.g., business cards?
  • What attire should you wear?
  • How should you start your conversation?
5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons
Body Language – A non-verbal communication skill

Non-Verbal Communication Skills

Observe your non-verbal cues:

  • Your eye contact
  • Your facial expression
  • Your body language
  • Your hand gestures
  • Your visual look 

Do keep in mind that our mind controls our body movements.  Often, when we are impatient, our body language and facial expression will show.

Ensure you keep a positive mindset to avoid unnatural or harmful non-verbal cues from ruining your professional image. 

Communication Skills
Always Look Enthusiastic And Smile When You Are Communicating With People.

The Duration

Know how long will the event last helps you to plan your meeting agenda. Determine how long you intend to stay and make full use of the duration to attain your goals.

When you want to leave the venue, make sure you let the host know that you are going. If the host insists that you stay longer, know what excuse you need to give. 

My favorite excuse is:

“I would very much like to stay, but my dog hasn’t had his dinner yet, and I need to be back for his feed.”.  

In Conclusion

Our business and career depend a lot on social connections. 

Although not all events you attend will meet your expectations and goals, getting to know more people is always an advantage.  

Make sure you rehearse your communication skills in front of the mirror before the event. How you see yourself in the mirror is how others will be seeing you.

Prepare a short elevator pitch of about 30 seconds. Practice saying it by recording it and review by playing back.


In my next blog, I will talk about how you can initiate a conversation at social events. Till then, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! 


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First Job Interview – Successful Tips

In today’s blog, I will share successful tips on how you can prepare yourself and look good for your first job interview.

Human Perception

Your first job interview doesn’t have to be a scary event. It is all about Human Perception.

As we all know, perception is about how people see you.  If you want to impress others, you need to impress yourself first.

Tips For Your First Job Interview
Perception is not only the passive receipt of these signals, but it’s also shaped by the recipient’s learning, memory, expectation, and attention

Personal Branding is what you need to your employment success.

Personal Branding consists of:

      1. Internal Branding: How do you see yourself?
      2. External Branding: How do others see you?

Internal Branding: How do You See Yourself?

If your answers are all positive, you see yourself positively:

Do you believe that you are qualified for the role?
Do you believe that you are the candidate that they are looking for?
Do you believe that you can value-add to the organization?
Do you believe that you will gain more experience in the next round if you fail this interview?
Do you believe that you have sufficiently prepared yourself for the interview?
Do you believe that you are there to beat all the contenders?
Positive Self-Belief, Mindset And Attitude = A Successful Job Interview

This positive mental state will allow you to project yourself confidently at interviews.

“Many Corporations seek candidates with a good attitude and a positive mindset as part of the hiring requirement.”

First Job Interview - Successful Tips
A Positive Attitude And A Good Mindset – A Key To Ace Your Job Interview – Tips For Your First Job Interview

External Branding:  How do others see you?

The person you see in the mirror will be the person that the interviewer sees.

Conduct a self-check on the following areas. If you have a close friend, seek their feedback and advice. You want your interviewer to have a positive impression of you.

Here is the self-check list:

GroomingDo you look clean and neat?
If you are wearing spectacles, are the glasses clean?
For ladies, have you put on some make-up?
Eye ContactAre you focusing on the interviewer during the session?
Body Movement Do you have awkward body movements such as shaking legs, blinking eyes, scratching body etc.?
Your SpeechDo you articulate clearly?
Are you speaking too fast?
Do you sound enthusiastic?
Are there too many fillers in your speech? Such as “um”,”ah”, “you know” etc.
Your Communication StyleSo you sound passive, aggressive or assertive?
Your ResumeThis is your marketing tool, does it look impressive?
Have you included and magnified all your past accomplishments?
Non-Verbal Communication – An Important Element for The First Impression

In Conclusion

The more you understand yourself, the job function and the company, has already given you a good head start to win the interview.

Always bear in mind that the first impression is crucial. It determines whether you stand a chance for the second round of interview.

Even if you fail to land yourself a job, every interview is an experience to train your communication skills.

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Achieve Excellent Presentations with 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 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.

Voice Resonance And Speech Organs

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.
Pharynx The 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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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.

5 Possible Places Of Articulation Are Listed, Followed By The Term Used To Describe Sounds Made At The Place. Areas Of The Tongue Are Also Designated.

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
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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No 1 Excellent Communication Skills in Business Networking

Communicate to Grow Your Business

Many business owners are in 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 one of the most important social skills for both 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. The way we communicate 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: Here’s How To Succeed”

Source: Forbes.com

Communication Skills In 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 a colourful 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 colour 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

In order 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. Initate eye-contact with people and start talking. Do not wait for others to initiate a converation with you because it will never happen.

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 necessaries tools before attending the sessions, and, most importantly, remember to conduct a post-networking follow-up.

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


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