The sixth speech in the Toastmasters Competent Communicator Manual is entitled “Vocal Variety” and focuses on the different ways a speaker can use his or her voice in order to make a speech more effective. The first objective of speech number six is for the speaker to use voice volume, pitch, rate and quality in order to reflect as well as to add meaning and interest to the message of the speech. For example, if a speaker chose to deliver a speech about the benefits of hiring a house cleaning Vancouver service, he or she may want to speak loudly or in a voice that sounds relieved regarding how the burden of house cleaning has been lifted.
The second objective of speech number six is for the speaker to employ the use of pauses in order to enhance the message of the speech. Using the speech topic example in the first paragraph on the topic of the benefits of hiring a cleaning service Vancouver, the speaker might first introduce the idea of hiring the service and then pause for a few moments. This type of pregnant pause can be highly effective in getting the audience’s attention because they are waiting for what is about to come next. In a sense it makes the audience uncomfortable for the purpose of grabbing their attention.
The final objective of speech number six is to employ the use of vocal variety in such a manner that appears to be both smooth and natural. When a speaker uses vocal variety awkwardly it can make the audience uncomfortable. Unlike the pause which is designed to make the audience uncomfortable for the purpose of obtaining their attention this type of uncomfortability will serve to turn the audience off and is thus counterproductive to the goal of the speech.