PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

If someone doesn’t want to attract attention they will “lay low.”  We say they are keeping a low profile.

Some speakers unconsciously lay low with their voice.  Uncomfortable with the attention public speaking brings, they lower their volume and minimize vocal animation.  At some instinctual level, they are trying to become a smaller target.  Maybe if they are not “out there” with a strong, lively voice, they won’t face as much scrutiny.

A low profile voice does not create a safer speaking environment.  It can, however, create the impression of low confidence or a lack of full engagement in the topic.

Interestingly, if someone who is using a low-profile voice makes an effort to project better, they will often report feeling more confident.  Instead of letting insecurity take away from their voice, they find that they can use their voice to take away insecurity.

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