VOICE – A KEY AND OVERLOOKED COMMUNICATIONS TOOL

Consider the following. As teachers and leaders, our voices are our most significant asset. Don’t mute that talent.

* Vocal qualities. VOICE IS YOUR MAJOR WORKING TOOL

* Speech flow, including pitch, rhythm and speed.

* ‘Ah’s’, ‘um’s’, ‘er’s’, ‘aw’s’, and other speech fillers.

* Recognising and using punctuation.

* PRONUNCIATION and word usage

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* A CONVERSATIONAL VOICE is engaging. A listening audience is reassured to hear program presenters speaking in a relaxed manner. Many listeners are working through the hassles of the day. A calm and relaxed manner coming at them over the airwaves is relaxing and reassuring.

* USING PAUSE, allowing your audience time to digest and reflect on what you have said.

* PROJECTION and outreach, avoiding ear burst and fade-out, which imposes ear strain.

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