How to Rivet the Attention of Any Audience

By Susan Berkley

Powerful Speaking

A boring speaker isn’t just tedious for the audience. It’s embarrassing for the speaker. If you’ve ever suspected you might be putting people to sleep, never fear. You don’t need an elaborate bag of gimmicks to liven up your talks. All you need is a little more liveliness in your voice. After years of training hundreds of speakers, I have discovered that the quickest and easiest way to liven up your voice is to liven up your body language

Sit up straight, especially when speaking on the phone. If you habitually slump in your chair, I guarantee that the tone of your voice is going to sound slumped and the people you call may find it hard to concentrate on what you are saying. Why? Because there is no energy in your voice to capture their interest.

Powerful, persuasive communicators always use their bodies to express themselves, consciously or not. They speak with their hands. Their body language is fluid and alive just as it was when you were a child. Experiment on your next phone call and notice how energetic gestures add life to your voice. Try using a telephone headset so your hands can stay free and relaxed while you speak. You don’t have to look like you are conducting an orchestra. A few expressive hand gestures will do.

Do people frequently ask you what’s wrong even when you feel as though you are smiling and happy inside? If so, you are probably a “secret smiler.” Secret smilers tend to look intense and may scowl when they are concentrating. If you are in this group your voice may tend to flatten and sound monotonous to others. By developing a greater range of facial expression, you’ll develop a more interesting and captivating voice.


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Susan Berkley is a top voice over artist and founder of The Great Voice Company, a company devoted to teaching great voices around the world how to become successful voice over actors. The Great Voice Company is an international leader in voice over training and in providing top quality voice over recordings in all languages to discerning businesses and marketers. For additional information visit

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