Do you want people to listen and engage with you when you speak?
Do you want to be more confident when you have a conversation with others?
Are you aware that people don't always understand you when you speak?
Do you need to speak more to other people in your job?
This is the course for you!
The Speaking to Engage course is perfect for anyone who wishes to improve their speaking skills, whether they are hosting a podcast, run webinars, have media opportunities, public speaking engagements, telephone calls, meetings or even talking to friends. It is an interactive course with a series of short videos and accompanying downloadable worksheets.
The first section starts with you and your friends assessing your speaking voice. The second section includes a variety of lectures on different areas to improve your speaking voice including:
The course concludes with a 7 day challenge for you to try out your new speaking skills.
The course includes a downloadable book, which I encourage you to write notes in, and audio lectures.
We all have fabulous voices: every voice is unique. Whether it is the tone of voice, pitch, accent or speed of voice, we have our own personal voice. In this fun section, I invite you to start listening to other people's voices and see what makes you listen to them!
We all know people who engage when they speak to others. People listen to them; they appear to be more successful and are able to present themselves positively.
In the Speak to Engage course, I encourage you to listen to yourself; celebrate your voices as well as becoming aware of skills to work on - to make sure you engage your audience. At the end of each lecture, there is a supplementary worksheet for you to write notes and review the lecture.
Making a recording of yourself is invaluable if you wish to improve the quality of your speech. In this lecture and video, I give instructions on how to leave a message on a phone voice mail or computer, so that your speech can be assessed. Remember the instructions are in a supplementary worksheet.
Using the supplementry worksheet as a guide, I share how to assess your speech. Remember to focus on all the great things you are doing when you speak. However, it is always useful to consider areas that you could work on too.
Amy self assesses her voice. This is an audio example of how someone assesses their voice.
This quiz is to enable you to focus on ideas for improving your speech.
When we speak we use lots of muscles to create the sounds. In this lecture I teach you how to practice making different sounds so your speaking is clearer. There is a downloadable worksheet with diction exercises.
Part of the challenge of speaking to others is ensuring they are ready to be spoken to, and engage in a conversation. In this lecture, I share tips and ideas for ensuring the other person is ready and engaged in a conversation. Remember to take notes and to use the accompanying worksheet to consider how to start a conversation.
We all know people who speak quietly. Perhaps you had feedback that you were too quiet. In this lecture I share top tips to making your voice louder. Remember to access the supplementary material to write notes and be reminded of the main points.
Having a loud, overbearing voice is off putting for many people. We all need to be self aware and realise when it is appropriate to use a loud voice and in what environment. In this lecture, I share strategies for making your voice quieter. Remember to download the supplementary material to take notes.
A rich content of tips for making your voice clearer if you have an accent.
Whether we are going into a pressurised meeting, making a difficult telephone call or even leading an online webinar, we can feel anxious or stressed before we start. In this lecture, I share top tips to relaxing before such a situation. Remember: it is perfectly normal to be nervous before speaking, and the adrenaline gives you added energy when you speak!
Remember to download the supplementary material and write notes.
High pitched voices
Some people have naturally high voices, and it is a common characteristic of women’s voices. When we are anxious or tense, our voices rise in pitch. They can become difficult for people to listen to. In addition to this, people with high pitched voices are often perceived as being less credible. Use the downloadable worksheet to take notes.
Our voices are like musical instruments. If we vary the tone, speed, volume and intonation of our voices, they become interesting to others. In this lecture I share tips for making your voice interesting for listeners. The supplementary material and lecture gives you lots of ideas to try out.
Congratulations! You've now completed the Speak to Engage course. You will have discovered more about your speaking voice as well as developing your speaking voice. If you practice the exercises and become more aware of how you speak, you will find people listen to you and engage with you more.
Remember to download the Seven Day Challenge!
This is to summarise the course
Susan is a former professional opera singer, who uses her experience of the voice and performing, to empower individuals and teams to be effective communicators, using their voices and physical presence. Positive communication on the telephone, in meetings, public speaking, on the media, videos, online discussions and for presentations, make a significant impact on the success of engaging with clients: Susan works with clients to ensure they are using their voices and body language to create a presence and to acquire charisma in a variety of business situations. Susan is a graduate of Durham University and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Geographical Society. She regularly appears on the radio and TV as a vocal expert and regularly contributes to professional publications on vocal communication as well as being a regular blogger for 'We Are The City”.