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Part: 5 Master of Your Domain > Smashing the Sound Barrier - Pg. 232

232 Chapter 28. Smashing the Sound Barrier In This Chapter · Voice quality · Clarity, articulation, rate, pitch, and inflection · Pace and rhythm · Those annoying speech "fillers" · Speech volume · The hearing impaired Do you know this voice trivia? · Cats have more than 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10. · Giraffes have no vocal cords. · The letter combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed." Now that you have the basics of speaking in public with confidence (and some useful trivia for your next cocktail party), it's time to focus on your voice, including its quality, clarity, articulation, rate, pitch, inflection, pace, and rhythm. In this chapter, you'll also find a section on "fillers"--those annoying "uhs," "ehs," and "huhs" that distract your listeners. Then comes a section on the volume of your speech. The chapter concludes with hints for addressing hearing-impaired people. You'll discover how an effective voice helps speakers make their message more interesting and meaningful. Read My Lips: Voice