Smile

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Ok, so you’re nervous, trying to remember your notes, attempting to make eye contact with your audience and one hundred other things whilst you’re presenting.

It’s likely that your voice might sound a bit nervous.

But a monotone? A depressed voice? A dull voice?

Unforgivable.

Why?

Because it’s so easy to solve.

Just smile. Smile at your audience, smile while you speak, more than likely see your audience smile back too.

It’s amazing how much more positive the voice that comes out of your smiling face will sound and how much more intonation, expression and impact that voice will subsequently have.

Don’t believe me – test it next time you’re on the phone – how different does your voice sound when you answer the phone with a smile on your face compared to when you do not?

Just a thought.

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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