Want to learn the skills of voice presenting for business?
When you look online for services or products, you’re either hearing or watching content that’s being delivered by the people behind, or in the business.
The digital world has driven the business world to make substantial changes in the way it provides information. Today, businesses must create and deliver communication that engages and connects with their audience.
Many of you may already be doing:
- boardroom presentations,
- webinars, or
- even speaking from the stage.
But, here’s the thing…
When you work in this way, you’re often just speaking from your expertise with prompts from notes or Powerpoint.
It’s totally different when you’re reading copy (a script) for a screencast, a training or how-to video.
When you’re speaking about the benefits of working with yourself or your company (in voiceover or directly to camera) there’s a totally different set of rules to follow.
If you want to be an engaging, entertaining or charismatic presenter, it’s important that you understand the rules and learn new skills and techniques.
And with many employers now looking for staff with on-camera and voice presentation it makes sense to learn how to do it!
I work with a lot of people who want to be trained in voice presenting skills.
Here are the common problems I see with voice presenting, plus some tips on how to fix them.
1 Too loud
When you’re speaking from the stage or in a boardroom, your words need to reach everyone’s ears.
But when you’re using the digital medium, the microphone picks up everything really clearly.
When you think about delivering your message to a captive audience looking at a computer screen, it’s best to imagine that you’re just talking to one person.
2 Talking too fast
When you’re delivering material from the stage or face-to-face, you probably allow for pauses between one thought or idea – so that your message lands with people.
The same needs to happen when you’re reading from a script or an auto-cue. Practice this one!
When you’re reading from a script, you’ll always feel that any pause is too long – but it’s probably not!
Imagine the person you’re directing the information to is right there in front of you, taking in what you just said.
3 Not understanding where to place the emphasis
Being a skilled sight-reader (being able to convert anything you’re reading into something that sounds like you’re just making it up) isn’t easy.
But you can make it sound as though you know what you’re doing, by identifying the words or phrases in what you’re reading that are key to the central message.
This takes time to perfect. Firstly identify the central reason or concept in what you’re reading or saying, then find the words and phrases that are about that.
Give emphasis to those words or phrases, by slowing down through them. All the other words, just say without any emphasis.
When you use this technique, your audience will be able to clearly hear the message and respond accordingly.
The new age of voice and video presentations is here to stay, so learning how to do it well is important.
Look for good coaches and training that works with your individual strengths and refines weaknesses.
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