What Executives can Learn from "Silent-Screen" Stars

Imagine you’re a young “silent screen” actor such as Charlie Chaplin or Greta Garbo. Your focus is ONE thing – getting the role that will make you a star.

After weeks, months, and years of dance classes, acting classes, mime classes, diets, skin treatments, and many auditions, you manage to master the necessary skills and you look great.

Leastways, you are good enough to break into big-time Hollywood movies, and eventually you rise to movie star fame and become a household bankable name.

No matter the business, whether you are an executive, salesperson, entrepreneur, lawyer, doctor, you need to master the necessary skills and make your way in the world with that.

However, in any business things change and change fast and not always in your favor!

Silent screen actors were not prepared for the “talkies” to take over the film industry. Many had voices that did not match their silent screen personas. Some were nasal sounding. Others were soft spoken and mumbled or talked way too fast. Voice coaching was the answer to maintaining their careers.

Today, technology has made business easier, more efficient and productive. However, it has also made the human voice pivotal to communicating powerfully, confidently and persuasively in webinars, teleconferences, training films & videos, online courses and much, much more.

Here are just a few of the basic speaking voice techniques you need to know. First, is to recognize the importance of your voice to both your professional and personal success. Most people have no idea. They take their voice for granted.

  1. Your voice is an important tool that carries your message to your client. You can train your voice to work for you. It is the sound of your voice that makes you sound confident and persuasive.
  2. Your voice tells your client how much you care about them. They hear the caring in the sound of your voice. No more matter of fact and no nonsense communication.
  3. You need to complete your words and never clip them off. Words are our common language and they are used to convey the message. So they must be heard and understood clearly.
  4. Wherever you put your attention is where you put your energy. Project your vocal energy directly to your audience/client. It is all about the connection. Words are important but not as important as the emotional connection.  
  5. People love to listen to a low-pitched resonant voice because it is soothing to their ears and keeps their attention. A harsh, nasal sounding voice can be off putting.
  6. Finally energy and charisma galvanize an audience. Clients are attracted to vocal energy which comes from your breathing. The breath gives your voice the power to influence.

To learn more about how to make your speaking voice work for you, sign up for a free 25 minute voice consultation. It is the best 20 minute investment you can make in your career. https://www.voicepowerstudios.com/coaching1/executivespeechcoaching.html