How To Project Your Voice To A Large Audience
Date: May 13, 2015
Presenters and aspiring speakers often have questions about projecting their voice. They often see voice projection as the answer to why they might be lagging behind as speakers.
Your job is to target the problem. The only issue with voice projection should be when your audience either cannot hear you or not understand what you are saying.
Everyone has a unique way of speaking. Some people speak quietly while others make sure that they speak to the entire group when making conversation.
You may have a colleague or friend who has advised you somewhere along the road to speak louder. They might have told you that they have to go through a lot of strain to hear you sometimes. So the first thing that you need to do, is not just listen to what one person has said.
Your job is to get as many opinions as you can from a range of people, so you can factor out the bias.
The Three Causes
There are three main things that could be the underlying reason for the problem. These are things like you not knowing how to exercise your voice and make it louder in a jiffy when needed, nervousness getting the best of you and thirdly, not looking out to the audience who you are directly speaking to.
How Good Are You When Using Your Voice?
The first thing that you need to do is learn how to use your voice. This is not something that you can master in one night. To increase the volume that you project is a natural skill. It is not the same as the intensive practice a soprano might need. Most probably you are already good with using your voice, so you do not have to start from scratch.
You can experiment with how good you already are by playing with your voice in a large room. Remember that you need to have someone who you know will give you the brutal truth as feedback. You should be checking for things like the following:
- How loud can you speak?
- How low can you speak with people understanding what you say?
- Can you make your voice boom?
- Can you make your voice squeak when needed?
Also remember that your voice is carried by the way you breathe, so play with that when practicing.
Nervousness Getting the Best OF You?
So now you know how you can use your voice to the best of its potential. What if you are in front of an audience and that ability literally fails you? Fear is a normal part of public speaking and you might need tips or simply experience on the podium. The best strategy that most speakers and presenters use is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Give it a try!