Dear Voice Master,

‘Your Speaking Voice’ manual and the following guidelines will help you prepare for your role:

You will observe the speakers and audience and point to individual speakers in your report to make them aware of how they control their voice.

The purpose of this role is to make the speakers conscious of their voice and help them control their voice emission and breathing and to practise leadership skills and constructive evaluation.

You are expected to give a clear and useful report on the use of voice in the Evaluation Session, so:

PRIOR TO THE MEETING

You should

  • prepare a brief explanation of your duties for the benefit of guests,
  • think how to structure your presentation in the Evaluation Session.

You might

  • prepare some useful information and exercises concerning voice emission and, if necessary, arrange with the VPE and the TM to book a specified amount of time on the agenda for a training session.

UPON ARRIVAL AT THE MEETING

You should

  • assume a seat situated further from the lectern to encourage people to speak more clearly and loudly.

You might

  • want to ask the audience members to sit at the back of the room to make speakers speak more loudly.

DURING THE MEETING

You should

  • be ready to explain clearly and briefly your role (the purpose and the activities),
    observe carefully all the people who participate in the meeting,
  • write down comments on how the speakers use their voice and how they control their breathing,
  • when you give your report point to individual speakers to make them aware how they could improve their voice control or how well they can manage it,
  • give practical advice, if something needs improvement, say how it could be done.

You might

  • include some advice on how to improve the flow of your speech, breathing and voice emission, when you give your report in the evaluation session.

IDEAS

You might

  • use the form from the booklet ‘Your Speaking Voice’,

Breathing

You might observe if or how the speakers control their breathing:

  • can you hear them breathing?
  • is their voice smooth and clear or does it break because of lack of air?
  • do they breathe with the diaphragm (stomach)?
  • is the voice reinforced by deep, controlled breathing?

Voice Emission and Control

You might observe if or how the speakers control their voice:

  • volume – can you hear them well? is their voice strong enough / dynamic? is it too loud or too soft?
  • is it natural, reflecting true personality and sincerity?
  • rate – is it varied? or is it too fast or too slow?
  • pitch – varied? too high? monotonous? does it convey authority?
  • quality – friendly, pleasant, confident? harsh, nasal, tense?
  • expressiveness – does it show wide range of emotion?

Diction and Intonation

  • do the speakers articulate words correctly – clearly and understandably? or do they swallow, suppress, or mumble them through a half-opened mouth?
  • do they use proper intonation?