24 Voice Mistakes that Might be Keeping Your Pitch/Presentation From Making Maximum Impact
24 things might be keeping you from captivating and connecting to your audience and they are all about what you are doing (or not doing) with your voice.
If you believe you might not be captivating and engaging your audience, take a look at the list below. It’s possible that just one or two things could be having a massive impact on the success of your presentation, promo video or pitch.
I’m a voice expert, I listen to every sound every human mutters. Being around me and the way I listen to voices is probably like being around Scorsese at a movie. After 30 years, I’ve got the voice figured out and I know it’s the most powerful tool we have, if we know how to use it. The funny thing is, we completely don’t even think about it’s power. It’s not uncommon at all for people to be so focused on the words they forget about the piece that brings them to life, the voice.
In this article, I’ve put together a list of the common voice technique issues that I see people struggle with when they come to work with me on their pitches, promos and presentations. If you are struggling with any of these, please make note, all of them can be fixed and adjusting them is truly game changing! If you are struggling with any of these, you could potentially not be making the impact that you could. Our audiences are tougher than ever. Today, we have a 90 second check out rate which means if you are not captivating me, then every 90 seconds when my brain tells me to check out, I will. But, here’s the good news, you can be captivating and confident, anyone can. With a piece of voice technique you will have an anchor to hold onto so you strengthen your area of weakness and out of that will come tremendous confidence that you can do this! All of these items have an easy solution, just like everything else, you just need to learn the solution, the technique and apply it. Once you enlist the power of your voice, the beautiful orchestra it’s capable of, you’ll be set free to make the impact that you want to make…I can guarantee you that.
You find yourself not breathing
You aren’t connecting to the breath, allowing for vulnerability
You are flat lining with your voice, no variety
You aren’t’ stressing enough words
Your voice is predictable with not enough variety variables
You are not utilizing variables in speed, volume, and pitch to full capacity
You aren’t speaking in your true voice
You are block speaking/choppy because you go to slow
You are speaking to fast because you’re nervous
You are trying to pack in too many words on one breath
You are speaking at your audience not to them
You are struggling to connect to yourself, your material, your audience
You aren’t able to recreate the authentic, conversational way you normally speak
You are lacking vulnerability which means not connecting to audience or them to you
You are using loud as your go to every time
You are completely predictable, giving everything the same value
You are not getting your words out clearly
You are getting stuck in your script, focusing too much on the words
Your accent is affecting your ability to be understood or your confidence
You end up reading your script or Power Point
You aren’t able to bring the material to life so it can affect and engage me
Your audience is struggling to follow your message
You’re struggling to make dense or technical material interesting
Your thinking you just might be boring
If you are struggling with any of these, then stay tuned or don’t hesitate to reach out. I can give you the solution you need for any of these problems and when they are fixed, game changing!
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