Voice care #3: acoustics

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever thought about the acoustics in a room where you're speaking? Some issues are out of our control, like floor, wall and ceiling surfaces, but knowing about the bad acoustics in the room in advance will allow you to prepare better. More from the Voice Academy !

10 Ways Public Speakers Should Be Like Santa Claus

Manner of Speaking

Arrive early and check out the acoustics, especially if you are speaking to a large audience. Prepare thoroughly. Santa spends most of the year getting ready for his one big night. When he takes off in his sleigh, there’s no turning back. Similarly, when you step on that stage, be sure that you know your material. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sure, on Christmas Eve Santa is the main attraction, but the Big Man can’t do it all by himself.

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7 things good communicators must not do

Presentation Zen

We speak not very well into people who simply aren''t listening in an environment that''s all about noise and bad acoustics" Julian says in closing. In this simple but informative TED Talk , Julian Treasure offers up seven things that effective communicators must exclude from speech.

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Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

This means a sound-check beforehand to try out the acoustics. In a little more than a month’s time, I will fly to Lisbon, Portugal for the Toastmasters District 59 Spring Conference. It promises to be a fabulous time and I am looking forward to seeing many friends from across Europe.

Use the microphone when you present

Executive Speech Coach

If the room has bad acoustics. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok.

Inside Voice: Candida Fink, MD, psychiatrist and author

The Eloquent Woman

As a speaker – poor acoustics and listener questions that veer into detailed and extensive individual questions for me – looking for consultation about their child or client – even after I have tried to move back into the broader topic and flow of the talk.

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3 ways a microphone can contribute to your success as a speaker

Pivotal Public Speaking

Test the acoustics. For all sorts of reasons, speakers will decide not to use a microphone. They are not confident that they know how to use it, they believe their audience will be able to hear them, they consider that they have projection skills, they have spoken in the venue before … and more. For all sorts of reasons, though, a microphone can enhance a speaker’s success. Here are three…. It is very easy to take our voices for granted.

Famous Speech Friday: Virginia Woolf's 'Room of One's Own' lectures

The Eloquent Woman

Millions of writers claim inspiration from Virginia Woolf's 1929 A Room of One's Own , a short book of long essays about the challenges women writers face because of their lack of education and financial independence.

Speaking science: The sounds of sadness

The Eloquent Woman

Human speech and music seem to share an “acoustic code” when it comes to conveying sadness , according to an intriguing new study by Tufts University psychologists. Speakers can “certainly learn to control the acoustic features of their voice, even the pitch patterns,” says Curtis. “It

Healing vocal strain, part 1

Speak Schmeak

Voice care #3: Acoustics. Last Thursday, I did something really stupid. The five hours of coaching wasn't stupid, but I could feel my voice getting tired by the end of it.

Healing vocal strain, part 1

Speak Schmeak

Voice care #3: Acoustics. Last Thursday, I did something really stupid. The five hours of coaching wasn't stupid, but I could feel my voice getting tired by the end of it.

The Eloquent Woman: A blog on women and public speaking: The joke-teller's memory problem

The Eloquent Woman

From an acoustical perspective, music is an overstructured language, which the brain invented and which the brain loves to hear.”

Strange speaking venues, part 1

Speaker Confessions

My main question is this: how can this not have awful acoustics? I’ve given lectures in some strange places, but this venue is a new one. Scott Hanselman has this photo from a sports arena converted into a lecture hall.

Charity Gig Invite - Craig and Lois (1 night only)

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

The music varied from a quite acoustic duo, through to a full four-piece rock band, with Mike on lead guitar, and Richard on drums. Hi Friends. You have been asking us when we are going to play next, so now you have an answer, next month!

Use the Microphone

Executive Speech Coach

The room has bad acoustics. There are more than 40 people in the room. The speakers before you used the microphone. You are speaking for more than five minutes. It is a large room. You are soft spoken. You have something important to say. You want to play with your vocal nuances. If any of the above scenarios is true - Use the Microphone. Your audience will hear you better. Forget the macho “I don’t need a microphone” stuff. Use the Microphone. Your audience will hear you better.

Make a big space more intimate

Speak Schmeak

Check out these acoustically friendly and unfriendly spaces at Voice Academy for ideas. "In the boom, in the 80s, of comedy clubs, all these entrepreneurs were putting together these rooms with these high ceilings and 'Hey, look at this great comedy room!'

Make a big space more intimate

Speak Schmeak

Check out these acoustically friendly and unfriendly spaces at Voice Academy for ideas. "In the boom, in the 80s, of comedy clubs, all these entrepreneurs were putting together these rooms with these high ceilings and 'Hey, look at this great comedy room!'

Make me care: TEDxSB Part 3

Speak Schmeak

Electric or acoustic?" Now for the fun stuff! There were several speakers at TEDxSB who knocked my socks off, and I want to talk about what made them effective and successful at rousing the crowd. Read here for part 1 and part 2 of my TEDxSB experience.

Make me care: TEDxSB Part 3

Speak Schmeak

Electric or acoustic?" Now for the fun stuff! There were several speakers at TEDxSB who knocked my socks off, and I want to talk about what made them effective and successful at rousing the crowd. Read here for part 1 and part 2 of my TEDxSB experience.

tuesday’s child perform charity gig

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

The music varied from a quite acoustic duo, through to a full four-piece rock band. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Person: Craig Strachan. Company Name: The John Whiffen Golden City Memorial Trust. Phone Number: 082 789 3899. FAX Number: 021 788 3884. Email Address: craig@johnwhiffen.co.za. Website URL: www.johnwhiffen.co.za.

How Room Design May Affect Your Presentation

Pro Humorist

I’ve performed open air theatre a few times and unless the set is specifically designed for adequate acoustics , then you haven’t got a hope in hell of people hearing you. “…the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in San Diego are encouraging interdisciplinary research into how a planned ­environment influences the mind…&# Scientific American Mind, April 09. It’s interesting that research is being done into how the architecture of buildings affects mental ability.

How Room Design May Affect Your Presentation

Pro Humorist

I’ve performed open air theatre a few times and unless the set is specifically designed for adequate acoustics , then you haven’t got a hope in hell of people hearing you. “…the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in San Diego are encouraging interdisciplinary research into how a planned ­environment influences the mind…&# Scientific American Mind, April 09. It’s interesting that research is being done into how the architecture of buildings affects mental ability.

How Room Design May Affect Your Presentation

Pro Humorist

I’ve performed open air theatre a few times and unless the set is specifically designed for adequate acoustics , then you haven’t got a hope in hell of people hearing you. “…the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in San Diego are encouraging interdisciplinary research into how a planned ­environment influences the mind…&# Scientific American Mind, April 09. It’s interesting that research is being done into how the architecture of buildings affects mental ability.

10 Ways Public Speakers Should Be Like Santa Claus

Manner of Speaking

Arrive early and check out the acoustics, especially if you are speaking to a large audience. Prepare thoroughly. Santa spends most of the year getting ready for his one big night. When he takes off in his sleigh, there’s no turning back. Similarly, when you step on that stage, be sure that you know your material. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sure, on Christmas Eve Santa is the main attraction, but the Big Man can’t do it all by himself.

10 Ways Public Speakers Should Be Like Santa Claus

Manner of Speaking

Arrive early and check out the acoustics, especially if you are speaking to a large audience. Prepare thoroughly. Santa spends most of the year getting ready for his one big night. When he takes off in his sleigh, there’s no turning back. Similarly, when you step on that stage, be sure that you know your material. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sure, on Christmas Eve Santa is the main attraction, but the Big Man can’t do it all by himself.

What guitar lessons are teaching me about public speaking--and training

The Eloquent Woman

Case in point: I predicted for Leah that I wouldn't be able to handle a dreadnought, the largest acoustic guitar, but it's what I own now. "You can't stop when you make a mistake," he said. You're pausing to think what you did wrong and how to fix it. But you've got to keep going.

Bridging the Gap

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

U2, who know a thing or two about connecting with an audience, use a ‘B-stage’, a small, catwalk-style stage extension that takes them out into the middle of the audience when it’s time to play something acoustic and intimate.

speaking situations: tour guide

The Eloquent Woman

Last week, I made a pilgrimage to the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania--as thousands do each year--to see firsthand how these revered acoustic guitars are made. Could you talk me through your workplace?

Speaking Season - 23 to 28 of 107

Speak and Deliver

Lighting, access to lighting controls, colors, layout of seating, age of the facility, speaker quality, acoustics, stage vs. floor space, parking lots, distance from parking to venue, accuracy of maps and signage, bathroom access - the list of factors is long and not always in our control.

The power of Audio in your presentation!

Duarte Blog

What was your favorite movie? What made it so memorable? Recently I was asking a few Duartians at work what sound in a movie was most memorable to them? I got a great response from the crew. The variety was interesting because some people most remembered the orchestral sound score of a film. Audio pieces like the Superman theme, or Star Wars, came up in the list. There was even a mention of Harry Potter and the Pink Panther.

The Only Reason to Give A Speech in 2011

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Where you ended up more familiar with the number of acoustic tiles in the ceiling than the number of points in the outline of the speech? “The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.” An old friend of mine, a speechwriter, used to say that to me. He meant it as a challenge. It was his way of saying that, if you’re going to take all the trouble to prepare and deliver a speech, make it worthwhile. Change the world. Otherwise, why bother?