In the first episode i explained that public speaking is not confined to speaking on the stage or to a large crowd. Even when we are speaking one on one or to a small group; it is public speaking. Some of the features of articulation in speech were explained and I had also given an actual case study of one of my students.
In this episode I will described voice modulation.1. What is voice modulation? 2. Why voice modulation is necessary? 3. How voice modulation can be achieved? 4. And how voice modulation makes the speech more interesting?
1. What is voice modulation it is your ability to bring in variance in pace, pause, pitch, emphasis on the key word and the tone. Though these sound familiar words, yet it is necessary to understand clearly the meaning of each, and the effect these create.
Pace is a number of words which you speak per minute. We must keep on changing the pace. If we speak very fast we will not be understood. If we speak very slowly we will be dull and people may not like to listen to us. Yet if we speak neither too fast nor too slow but at the same pace; even that is not recommended. This will make the speech monotonous.
Pause represents the quiet space between the two spoken words. In written communication pause represents a ‘coma’ or full stop or a new paragraph. To make the speech interesting the pause also must change.
Pitch denotes the note i.e. Do, Re, Me… Or Sa, Re, Ga, Ma… Knowledge of pitch is extremely important for the singers. But it is also important for the public speakers. Change in pitch enables you to keep the audience connected.
Emphasis on the key words is like keying Google. If the key is right, you get the desired site. Otherwise you will land up at a site which you didn’t look for. The key word is emphasized by putting extra stress on that particular word. So if you emphasize the key word, you will be able to project the idea which you have in mind. But if you emphasize a wrong word; the meaning of the sentence will change. You may want the audience to understand one idea but they may visualize another.
Lastly, Tone represents your emotions: anger, cordiality, friendliness, politeness etc. Tone is very dicey. It’s difficult to control. Often times even between the spouses the word or the message may be appropriate but if the tone is not correct it may become offensive. Likewise among the friends if you do not use the proper tone, it leaves a hard feeling. As they say, tongue is very strong organ of the human body. Tongue rarely falls sick and even if does the healing process is extremely fast. But the wounds the tongue can create do not heal even during a lifetime. That is the importance of tone.
To be continued…. 3