How can I sound like a human being when I talk?
May 7, 2012 1:38 PM Subscribe
I would like my voice to be engaging and interesting sounding. Difficulty: I currently have the tonal range of a garbage truck.
posted by peachfuzz to grab bag (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
How do you learn to speak with a flexible, engaging-sounding voice? I tend to speak in a sort of almost-sarcastic monotone, and my voice goes kind of flat at the end of nearly all my sentences. When I'm excited, I talk a little faster, or my voice goes up in pitch infinitesimally. If I try deliberately to "interpret" more as I speak, it sounds like iambic pentameter written by an idiot, with EMphaSIS in ALL the STRANgest PLACEs.
This is a problem in the various public-facing things that I do, but especially with public speaking. It's really hard for me to bring ideas I'm passionate about to life, because I have this constant flatness to my voice. What are some specific exercises I can do, or people I can watch, to understand how to use my voice more as an instrument and less as a white noise machine?
I've looked at the Toastmasters PDF about voice and speaking, but I must be a few levels behind—their exercises have little arrows that go up and down over words to indicate pitch, but I sound like a poorly-programmed robot when I try to read them. It's like my voice just doesn't want to go up or down.