This past week, I had the pleasure of working with a group of oncologists from all over Europe. One thing that stood out was the need for many of them to project their voices more effectively. Whether it's nerves, lack of practice, or cultural conditioning, speaking softly on stage can be a hurdle.
So what do you do? If you're looking to up your speaking game, I've got some key takeaways and exercises for you. Let's get you projecting with confidence:
1. Being Audible Equals Being Memorable
Exercise: Try the "Wall Test." Stand about 5 feet away from a wall and speak a sentence. Gradually move back, aiming to have your voice "hit" the wall each time. This helps you gauge and adjust your projection.
2. Confidence Radiates
Exercise: Practice the "Power Pose," a concept popularized by Amy Cuddy, before you speak. Stand with your feet apart, hands on hips, and chest out for two minutes. This physical stance not only boosts your confidence but also enhances your voice.
3. Nerves Can Lower Your Volume
Exercise: Use the "4-7-8" breathing technique. Inhale through the nose for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 7 seconds, and exhale through the mouth for 8 seconds. This calms your nerves and prepares your diaphragm for better projection.
Your voice is a powerful tool in presentations. Vocal projection isn't just about being loud; it's about being present. Make sure you're heard the next time you present and tell me how it goes! ✨