Developing a Pleasing Voice: The Properties of the Voice
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Developing a Pleasing Voice: The Properties of the Voice

Voice consists of vibrations which have four physical properties: volume, pitch, quality, and duration. Pauses are also effective aids to promoting interest in the speech. For this reason, the speaker must learn how to use his pauses to produce the desired effect on the audience.
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Voice consists of vibrations which have four physical properties:

Volume - whose primary function is to make words audible and whose secondary function is to emphasize words in their representation of ideas in a sequence. Since volume implies the loudness or the carrying power of the voice, the speaker must speak loud enough to be heard but not so loud as to shout. He must be heard by every member of the audience.

Pitch - is the relative highness or lowness of a tone. This property of the voice makes a speech more interesting and eliminates monotony through flexible use and control of it. By varying the pitch of his voice during speaking, a speaker will not only enhance the melody and inflection of his speech pattern so conducive to holding audience attention but he will also eliminate voice monotony so deadly to achieving spontaneous response from the listening group.

Quality - is that characteristic which distinguishes one tone from another when the volume, pitch, and length of the tones are the same. This voice quality is determined by the physical structure of the throat, by the way in which the throat is used to produce voice, and by the speaker's mental and emotional reaction to his own ideas and by his desire to express them.

In order to produce a pleasant voice during speaking, the speaker must relax in order to cultivate an easy, natural and conversational style of speaking conducive to effective audience contact. Tight and constricted throat produces unpleasant voice quality and is indicative of tension, nervousness, and fear which contribute to strained atmosphere during speech delivery.

Duration - implies the rate of words spoken per minute and the length of pauses between words. The rate of speech is determined by the speed of the speaker's thinking, including the extent to which he will concentrate on some ideas more than in others, and the speed of audience comprehension is determined by their cultural and intellectual background, the type of speech material and the manner of delivery of the speaker.

As a general rule, most speakers standing in front of an audience to speak in a uniformly fast rate because they are a bit excited and the ordinary rate of daily conversation is speeded up. However, the rate of speech is dependent upon the speaker. Some speakers use a fast rate of speaking at the beginning of their speech and maintain it throughout while others establish a moderate rate of speaking all throughout; varying the rate of speech will cultivate interest and attention while a monotony of rate will certainly be fatal to audience's attention.

Pauses are also effective aids to promoting interest in the speech. For this reason, the speaker must learn how to use his pauses to produce the desired effect on the audience. A slight pause that occurs between phrases will aid in the comprehension of the audience and will give the speaker a chance to breathe. Correctly used pauses at certain points of his speech will produce emphasis on some ideas, will create a sense of the dramatic, and will give the impression that the speaker is a master of the situation.

 

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Very informative and useful information. I have been told I have a unique voice and now with your help I can evaluate those statements.

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