A Voice Without Expression Is Like a Garden Without Color
For 5 months of the year, my garden is brown, lifeless, and dull.
Were it to remain so throughout the rest of the year,
I would have no passion or interest in gardening.
The great Roman orator, Cicero, said that a mediocre presentation with a dynamic delivery is more effective than the most scholarly presentation with a mediocre delivery.
What Cicero was referring to is color, that which makes the voice interesting to listen to. Color also refers to facial expression and body language. It is what all listeners want to see and hear. If those we watched on TV and in the movies had no expression, Hollywood would not exist.You can have the greatest voice in the world, but if you speak with little or no expression, then you are boring. And, nothing puts a listener to sleep faster than a monotone or boring delivery.
While many people are very colorful in conversation, some experience such fear or nervousness at the lectern or on the podium that the color drains from their voice, their facial expression, and their body language. In situations like this, remembering to treat your audience as if you were having a conversation in your living is one of the means by which you can take control of your nervousness and speak with the same color you use when in normal conversation.
Of course, there are others who speak in a monotone in all situations. Only when these people see and hear themselves on video, allowing their expression to come through, can they appreciate that speaking with color, with life, and with emotion actually looks and sounds more natural than their former monotone, lackluster delivery.
Once again that saying comes to mind, "It's not what you say but how you say it." There is no doubt, however, that people are more impressed by those who speak with expression than by those who do not.
Life is filled with color and so is your speaking voice. Don’t be afraid of it. It’s in there. Give yourself permission to make use of it and you will be surprised at the positive reinforcement you’ll receive from your listeners!
With Voicing It! or in a group workshop, you will learn how to be expressive so that your presentations are interesting and dynamic, be it to a group of 4 or 400. As Nancy says, "when you speak to your audience, to the board members, or in a sales conference on the phone, try talking to them, not at them."
Watch The Voice Lady as she reads a nonsense paragraph from her Voicing It! DVDs.
You can speak in full color with all of the layers of emotion that you feel.