Make Your Message Heard Clearly: 3 Vocal Techniques from an Expert

How do you use your voice to its full potential?

For this week’s Show-N-Tell, I interviewed a special guest — Graig Russell from Yokohama Theatre Group — my voice coach! I had so much fun doing this interview.

We are lucky to have Graig Russell share 3 vocal techniques with us, so our audience can clearly understand the message that we are trying to get across. What’s the point of coming up with brilliant words when your audience couldn’t hear or understand them anyway?

The interview had so much valuable content in it — we had to split it into two parts. Watch out for Part 2 next week!

AND you just might encounter more special guests in the near future! So stay tuned and be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss anything!

In the meantime, without further ado, here’s my interview with Graig about the 3 Vocal Techniques to make sure everyone is clearly hearing your message.

Great and easy tips, aren’t they? Here are the three techniques again, outlined simply:

1. Breathe properly. (More on how to do this next week!)

2. Relax, stretch and yawn away.

3. Speak up — imagine throwing your voice into an arc across the room — and speak slowly.

Now, evaluate your voice and the way you sound during presentations. The best way to do this is to watch a video or listen to an audio recording of yourself. If you don’t have a recording yet, it’s a great idea to make one! That way, you could immediately see and hear what you need to improve on for your next speaking gig.

Does your voice sound too soft? Does it sound like you’re straining?

How about the speed of your speech? Do you think your audience could make out the words you say?

Which of the three techniques do you think would benefit you the most?