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Tip 43 Imitate Commercials to Improve Your Voice “Music”

Did you know that when you speak, you’re actually singing? The average speaker ranges through more than an octave of notes, just in everyday speech. You may not notice this because in speech, your “notes” are not usually sustained as they would be if you were singing a song. Rather, your voice slides through its “music”—called the “intonations” (or “inflections” of your voice.

The wider the range of intonations, the better. Sometimes the only difference between a good presenter and a boring one is the range of voice intonation. In fact, the word monotonous comes from monotone—one note. So a key to the dynamism of your voice is the musicality of your intonations.


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