The power of voice: 6 tips for better speech


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Now you have learned a lot about the power of voice and speech. But what can you do to improve your own voice performance? Here are some tips:

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Dr. Roland Forster Roland-forsterDr. Roland Forster is a lecturer at the University of Saarbrücken and communication trainer.

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Look outside the box

In general, it is advisable to think outside the box and to be informed about current developments in politics, culture, sports and business.

This is particularly important in intercultural situations, because consultants are often understood here as representatives of Germany.

Develop vocabulary

Thus, professional idiocy can be avoided to a certain extent, as it not only enlarges its range of topics, but also develops its active and passive vocabulary.

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The own expressiveness should be optimized in writing and verbal constantly, it would be wrong to believe that this process is completed at some point.

Targeted communication

Above all else, working on the direction of one's own communication is to separate only phrases and text chunks and to produce social noises is not enough.

It is central to want to achieve something by means of entirely individual forms of communication, which are effective and above all goal-oriented.

Find a good consultant

If you want qualified feedback on your own communication behavior, you should look for a good coach or consultant.

Very different forms are common today, which do not always require a personal presence; Advice by email and phone has become commonplace. This does not have to take a long time and thus become very expensive, an occasional 'technical stop' is usually sufficient.

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What brings professional help

Above all, time and money should be invested in concrete further education in conversation and speech skills, that is to participate in seminars, events, trainings.

The topic should be broad, soft skills are also advisable in the broadest sense Sense such as Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, yoga (among other things because of breathing work).

How to find a good trainer?

For this, one should look for coaches who work very individually, in rather small groups. Such a trainer,

  • that he does not send an agenda weeks before the event, but waits until he has seen the participants for the first time,
  • that he does not make recipes but makes suggestions,
  • and that he does not react immediately to questions and problems, but first says nothing and thinks.

6 tips for better speech

Many of these phenomena are habitual, that is, they are trained, trained and therefore can be unlearned again, often with little effort.

What remains surprising: why has a teacher or lecturer never pointed out the subject? The following points describe standards or refer to norms and answer the question: What should be mastered?

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1. articulation

Articulation = standardized, to be checked in pronunciation. There you can find, for example, that it is actually [Könich] and not [Könick]. Large-scale mouth movements are central to the articulation of the sounds of the German language, so you have to do something right if you want to be understood. Otherwise someone sounds quickly mumbled, almost mouth lazy, especially if he 'swallows' all the end syllables.

2. melody

The goal is an intonation (= melody line) that is rated as 'interesting'; the voice 'works' at different pitches, appears very agile and therefore not monotonous and boring; you can imagine it like singing notes on a sheet of music.

This also prevents the stereotypical questionnaire at which, at the end of each sentence, whether it fits or not, the voice goes up. Problem: there is no standard that is verifiable or can be learned.

3. Emphasis

The emphasis on the individual words of the German language is meticulously regulated.

4. speech rate

The goal here is to be able to vary, ie to be able to speak faster or slower, depending on the requirements in the concrete communication situation.

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Especially in speeches, for example, this is an important factor with which the attention of the audience can be influenced. Especially beginners, as well as consultants, who rarely work with larger groups often tend to speak very quickly.

5. Pauses

You can have a few breaks in a presentation or many, short or long breaks and - very important because you can hardly master them - exciting and relaxing breaks. The aim should be that the breaks do not simply 'happen' to the lecturer, but that he wants them to be at a certain point - so that the audience has the chance to understand him even better.

By the way: Exciting pauses mean that the voice (in the middle of an utterance or at the end) remains 'up' and maintains the tension through the very short pause that follows. Releasing pauses are the opposite of this, the voice moves downwards at the end of the utterance and dissolves the tension with the following pause. - Difficulty: For most people, breaks are a question of courage!

6. Pay attention to the indifferent situation

The so-called indifference situation is of crucial importance in the topic of voice; in this area the voice is indifferent, so not stressed, does not tire so easily. It sounds pleasant, neither too high nor too deep, everyone can listen well.

A trained ear can recognize deviations from the indifference situation immediately, for the speaker himself is difficult, the diagnosis is more a matter for experts. Thus, men's voices are often too deep in exposed situations - for example, in front of the public.

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Indications that something should be done can be a constantly strained and hoarse-sounding voice, frequent vocal 'discomfort', clearing of the throat.


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