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A to Z Challenge: V is for Voice and Vocal Variety

Some people have voices that carry naturally to all corners of the room. Others need training and practice.

This post is all about the technique of finding your voice, and will not go into any psychological aspects of “finding your voice”. I am not qualified to provide information in this regard. So, to the techniques…

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A to Z Challenge: U is for Unassuming

Unassuming: modest, not arrogant or presumptuous, humble, unpretentious...

One of the most important pieces of homework a speaker has to do is to know who their audience is, even to the extent of knowing who is going to be in the audience (journalists, other experts, your peers…).

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A to Z Challenge: T is for Time

A TED Talk is 18 minutes long. Whether you are Bono, Bill Gates or Bill Clinton – no more, no less.

A Toastmaster speech is generally 5 to 7 minutes long.

How long can I listen to a speech or presentation before zoning out? Not more than 18 minutes…and it had better be good!

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