Enhance Your Speaking Voice
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Enhance Your Speaking Voice

Your voice says a lot about you - improve your delivery, confidence and performance.
4.4 (180 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
2,837 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2018
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of this course students will understand the fundamentals of voice production and clear speech delivery for a variety of situations.
  • In this course students will learn the basics of breath control, articulation, resonance, pitch and tone colour and the part these play in effective speaking.
Requirements
  • No prerequisite knowledge is required but a willingness and desire to practice is highly recommended.
Description

The sound quality and use of the voice is a fundamental factor in the lives and success of many prominent professional people. Far more so than many of us appreciate. Actors of Stage Screen and Television, Broadcasters, Politicians, Business leaders, Teachers, Clergy and many others, use their voices consciously and deliberately and to inform, persuade or entertain us.

What many of us don't realise is that many of these people have worked very hard to master skills and techniques in voice production. Non-professional voice users may not earn their living through their speaking voice but, nevertheless, still want to create a positive and pleasant effect when they speak. You too can familiarise yourself with these techniques and learn how to use your voice to best effect.

This course is a basic introduction to voice production and effective speaking. It explains the processes involved in speech and how we can use the speaking voice to best effect whilst taking care of this most valuable asset.

Lectures are varied between audio, video and support text. Exercises and reference material are included.

This course can be completed initially within 2 - 3 hours and that includes a basic familiarising oneself with exercises. This time would be average for an Introductory Voice and Speech Awareness session with a Voice Tutor.

The course is structured logically and all lectures follow on and are discrete enabling the student to return to any section or lecture for skill reinforcement or revision.

This course will benefit all voice users and of course anyone who uses their voice professionally - teachers, lecturers, clergy, managers and public speakers.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who is interested in making the most of their speaking voice or uses their voice for their professional wellbeing.
Course content
Expand all 30 lectures 02:32:11
+ Introduction and Welcome
1 lecture 03:56

Hello and welcome! We all use our voices all of the time in our personal and professional life. It makes sense therefore to make the most of this fundamental asset and I will show you how.

Preview 03:56
+ How The Voice Works
3 lectures 14:44

In order to use your voice to your best advantage a little knowledge of how sound is made will help you to understand the mechanics of breathing and speech production

Preview 03:02

The vocal folds are crucial to vocal health and flexible speaking. Learn how they work and how to take care of them.

Preview 04:11

Before we speak lifestyle and environment can affect the vocal folds - learn how to avoid damage and look after your vocal health.

The Vocal Folds (2)
07:31
+ Body and Breath
7 lectures 24:39

Before we open our mouths to speak we can do much to help ourselves to use our physical and mental energy wisely and economically. A key factor is body posture and in this section we will look at the importance of body awareness.

Posture - Introduction
02:20

Posture can either work for us or against us! Learn how incorrect posture limits and restricts vocal delivery whilst correct posture and alignment will complement and enhance the speaking voice.

Posture - Illustrating how it affects the voice
07:14

A reminder of what good physical alignment is and how it makes speaking easier to deliver and listen to.

Posture - Conclusion
02:00

Breath control underpins all voice use. To have sufficient breath and to control the outbreath is fundamental to good voice production.

Breathing - Introduction
02:49

Simple exercises to encourage deeper breathing and the controlled outbreath.

Breathing - Exercises
06:37

Using the diaphragm and not shallow breathing will help to facilitate controlled and stronger vocal delivery.

Breathing - Conclusion
03:39

A recap of the exercises looked at enabling you to practice breathing from the diaphragm and extending the outbreath in your own time.

Breath Control - Support Text
3 pages
+ Vocal Clarity
5 lectures 27:07

Good, clear diction depends on crisp articulation. This lecture explains what that really means and how you can achieve clarity and disctinction.

Articulation - Introduction
04:10

Vowels carry sound. This lecture explains how vowels are formed and the part they play in clear, easy-to-listen-to speech.

Articulation - Vowel Sounds
09:04

This lecture explains how consonants define our words and how they help our speech to reach the listener with clarity.

Articulation - Consonant Sounds
10:03

This lecture shows the work articulation does for us in colouring and clarifying our speech.

Articulation: Examples and Conclusion
03:50

Summary and some tongue twisters to encourage flexibility of organs of articulation.

Articulation - Support Text
2 pages
+ Techniques for Vocal Delivery
9 lectures 25:03

Three levels of speech are used in speech - learn how to extend your pitch range and why pitch variation is important.

Pitch - Introduction
04:49

How vocal range and inflexion used correctly helps to make for effective delivery.

Pitch - Exercises and Conclusion
04:08

Summary and exercises to encourage pitch range.

Pitch - Support Text
3 pages

Resonance explained and how it colours the individual voice.

Resonance
04:19

Exercises to open up the resonators.

Resonance - Support Text
2 pages

Tone colour explained and the role it plays in adding authenticity to the speaking voice.

Tone Colour - Introduction
01:32

Summary and exercises.

Tone Colour - Support Text
3 pages

Students are encouraged to listen very attentively to the sound of voice tone colour demonstrated in these examples and exercises.

Tone Colour : Examples and Exercises
10:15

This lecture explains how a variation of pace, pause and emphasis helps to modulate the speaking voice and aids the listener's understanding.

Modulation and Projection
3 pages
+ Daily Workout and Checklist
3 lectures 05:05

A short and enjoyable warm up to help you keep your voice flexible and healthy.

Daily Workout
05:05

Your daily work out - why not add your own tongue twisters?

Daily Workout - Support Text
2 pages

Simple tips to help you to stay on track and monitor your progress.

Checklist
1 page
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 02:37

What we have covered in this course and why it is important to enjoy using your voice and working on it.

Conclusion
02:37
+ Revision
1 lecture 00:00

Revision of the key points of the course.

Revision
30 pages
Test Your Vocal Knowledge
10 questions