Humming Exercises for Increased Vocal Stamina
In order to exercise the muscles you use for speech, try humming. The simplest way to practice this is to hum the scales up and down. You start by saying “ha” out loud to make sure your diaphragm is “hooked up.” Then you start to hum. Once your voice warms up you’ll notice that you can create a lot more volume with the “ha” just by pushing out more air. You can learn more about this method from my video.
The Power of Voice Tonality, Modulation, and Intonation
Voice control is valuable when it comes to communicating a message to others. The way you control your tonality, modulation, and intonation affects the way your message is perceived. Tonality is the tone or pitch of your voice. It is not something easily controlled as it depends on such things as dialect. However, doing the exercise above can help your voice develop a more attractive tone. Modulation refers to the peaks and valleys of your voice. Using your range while speaking creates interest. It is the change in your voice that makes your stories interesting. The opposite of modulation is monotone. Monotone is how robots speak in the movies. Let’s just say this tone is not exactly compelling.
Intonation is a clever tool as it conveys intent. If your intonation goes up, you are conveying a question. If your intonation is flat, you are conveying a statement. And if your intonation goes downward, you are conveying a command. This is very helpful in directing people to your booth at a trade show event. Instead of saying “Come try our demo?” with the usual up question intonation, try going down on the end and using the command tone. Watch and see how your compliance will go up. You can become more persuasive with the proper application of these three tones.
Use your voice to deliver the message you really want to send. Take care of your voice and protect it. Use it as a tool to connect with prospects and turn them into quality leads. Your voice is an instrument. Treat it like a valuable Stradivarius and it will serve you well. Use these tips to keep your voice strong and solid at trade shows and other speaking engagements.