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The volume at which you speak is rather important to your speech giving. It's one of the "have to get right" factors when you speak in public. Your audience won't be able to get all the wondrous words you have to give to them if they can't hear you or if you blow their hair back with excessive amplification.
Think about your voice. Are you a loud talker or soft spoken? If you have a booming voice then you're in luck. Your audience will hear you loud and clear. Just be mindful to not blow them away, especially if you're using a microphone.
Here are the three ways to get your volume set to just the right level.
"Can you hear me at the back?" is a common question speakers will ask of their audience. If you have absolutely NO other way to find out then you could ask them this. Asking this leads to a few drawbacks.
Many are able to speak a bit louder then they thought they could with some effort and practice. Yet at times it can take a vocal specialist to help get some to where they need to be. There are a few ways to increase your projection.
Microphone it up. If you have an audience of 50 or more or if there are other distracting noises nearby, try to utilize a microphone. Even though it can be strange to hear your own voice reverberating, the audience being able to actually HEAR you is worth the risk. If the audience even exhibits the slightest struggle to hear you, you will lose them.
Remember that volume is one of the most important tools in your speaker's toolkit. If they cant' hear you, you're finished before you start.
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