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Using Your Voice

Although I am the first to say that actions speak louder than words, your vocal delivery plays the role of interpreter for the message. If the visual medium is truly the content and the body is definitely the delivery, then the voice is a combination of both. Words carry information and action. To develop the action in your voice, a few issues should be considered, including proper breathing and how to phrase and pause effectively.

Breathing Properly

Sometimes your choice of where to take the next breath can disrupt the flow of your words. By breathing between phrases rather than during a phrase, you vocalize better. The key to this is having enough air in your lungs to sustain a longer phrase. For example, I have been known to deliver very long phrases with volume and emphasis. I believe that's from knowing how to breathe properly.


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