PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

A speaking voice people want to listen to has something in common with music people want to listen to: It has variety.

For example, an engaging piano piece includes shifts in both volume and rate.  Strong, quick-paced portions often mix with slow, quieter segments. 

If a piece of music has no variety, if its defining characteristic is sameness, we tune it out.  It has committed the sin of monotony.

 If a speaker’s voice lacks pitch variety, and stays fixed at the same rate and volume for long stretches, we stop listening.

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