Speak Up: Classes in Speech, Voice and Elocution

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Speak-Up! © Breath, Vocal, and Elocution Exercises for Speakers

Put the music back in your speaking! English is a beat driven, three note language. Most speakers of English use two tones or notes – at best. Some use only one tone => monotone => monotonous. This introductory Vocal Exercise video will teach you how to reach those three notes with ease and grace. You will learn exercises to strengthen your voice through diaphragmatic and vocal cord exercises. You will be given elocution exercises to correct sloppy speech patterns.

Many of you have heard the old expression, “It’s not what you say but how you say it!” In today’s world of International Communication, we have to add on to that saying: “It’s not what you say but how you are heard!”

How do you sound when you speak? Is there rhythm to your speech and depth to your voice? Do you hear music when you speak? Or do you speak in one tone only? Do you know that English has three tones, or three notes? Have you ever taped yourself just to listen to the qualities and tones of your voice? Because, if you haven’t, please be prepared to begin doing so.

It is imperative that you become self-aware; that you know how you sound, how you are being heard. Because, oftentimes, we sound very differently from what we mean to sound like.

Many men from the Mid-West of the United States speak with the same quick cadence, the same two notes, the same abrupt tones, and the same tendency to sloppy endings to their words. There are others who speak many languages besides English and they will often speak with everything on the same note. There are many mono-tone speakers in the speaking world. I would like you to not be one of them. Mono-tone is also known as monotonous.

A very common example I find is the number of young women who come to me for voice and elocution lessons with the same problem: they use the rising intonation pattern reserved for questions when in fact they are making declarative statements:

“I have a new idea that might solve the problem?  I’d like to try it?”

We have all heard this questioning intonation pattern when the person is meaning to make a statement. It is becoming increasingly common among young speakers. It undermines the speaker’s message and is very easy to correct – once you become aware of your own voice and vocal patterns.

I am always amazed how surprised students are when I tell them that they sound like they lack confidence. When I tell them it’s because it’s as if they are always asking for permission to make the statement. They have never heard themselves this way. Once they actually hear it and stop using that questioning pattern for a statement, people begin to listen to them differently. People actually begin to hear them – because they are speaking with conviction, with musicality, with life breathed into everything they say.

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