I’ve seen quite a number of Ted talks but when I finally downloaded the app, this was the first I saw and I was really impressed. Julian is such a captivating speaker and he sure knows how to keep people spellbound, so when it comes to a topic like this; he should be the one talking! Julian Treasure is a sound consultant.

For those of you that can’t be bothered to watch (I know you guys), I’ll summarise his points. You’re welcome.

Seven deadly sins of speaking (Habits to move away from)

  1. Gossip
  2. Judging
  3. Negativity
  4. Complaining
  5. Excuses
  6. Exaggeration/lying
  7. Dogmatism

Four foundations to stand on for powerful speeches

  1. H – Honesty
  2. A – Authenticity
  3. I – Integrity
  4. L – Love

Tools that will increase your power of speaking

  1. Register – the range of your voice
  2. Timbre – the way your voice feels
  3. Prosody – the singsong, the meta-language that we use in order to impart meaning
  4. Pace
  5. Pitch
  6. Volume

Six vocal warm-up exercises

  1. Arms up, deep breath in and sigh out ahhhh.
  2. Warm up your lips by going ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba
  3. Then brrrrrrrrr brrrrrrr
  4. Tongue next. Do an exaggerated la, la, la, la, la, la
  5. Still on the tongue, roll an R Rrrrrrrrrr, Rrrrrr
  6. Then do the siren. Start with a “we” and go “aw” the “we” is high, the “aw” is low. Go weeeeeaaawwww, weeeeawwww.

Dr. Mima’s input: You do not have to wait till you’re about to get in front of a crowd to give a speech before you decide to develop a good way of speaking. You should start now, practice the vocal warm-up exercises, and start speaking with confidence to people around you. Most importantly, do away with the seven deadly sins of speaking, I personally need to do away with Nos 2, 5 and 7. Lest I forget, hello ladies, speaking with your nose is not cute. xx


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