- Write any 3 failures in your past. They can be curious situations, the ones that you managed to laugh about as a result.
- Write at least 5 lessons learned from these failures. What should be done differently next time? What should be prepared better?
- Everyone performs in front of their group speaking publicly in 3 different intonations/voices: daily, public and bathroom (see description below). Begin your speech by standing with arms open and spread in front of you – as if you were showing someone your room, car or the view out the window. Try out all 3 voices interchangeably.
- Share your findings. Was it difficult to keep your voice in the same intonation? At what point was the audience’s attention the strongest? Which is the weakest? Why? How can you change it?
Simply put, this is the more common intonation. This is how we talk to friends, loved ones, at work and at home when we don’t particularly think about the meaning of the message we want to deliver. If we use such intonation in public speaking, there is a risk that the audience will not be able to keep their attention throughout the speech. If someone in the audience turns away, uses the phone, or otherwise expresses disinterest or inattention, it also negatively affects the power of the speaker.
When you use the public voice, everyone hears what you’re saying, and you control the attention. In order to tune in and maintain the public voice , various breathing practices, stretching, and voice exercises help. Public speaking is an art form on its own that takes weeks, months and years to master. It is important to remember on average we can maintain a convincing tone for 3-4 minutes, after that it must be restarted. Pausing for a few seconds to look at the audience and breathing helps.
Loud intonation, which we can well imagine if we remember ourselves at home, being in our room and wanting to call a family member, but being too lazy to get up and go to another room to do it. The voice is loud, shrill. In public speaking, in moments of excitement, such “shouting episodes” sometimes occur, which you can observe by the alarming and surprised reaction of the audience.
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