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Communicating using the voice ideas



I'm brainstorming ideas for a session on 'communicating using the voice' with the objective of showing how the voice impacts communciation (tone, pitch etc).  It's a 20 minutes top section of a program.

Any ideas & suggestions would be great!



5 Responses

  1. Storytelling

    Hi Colette

    Split your group up and give them each a copy of the same children’s storybook. One for very young children is probably better as they’re shorter. Get one group to read out the book as if they were reading to a class of children. They have to almost over-exaggerate for kids, doing all the different voices etc. Get another group to read it out in a totally monotone voice.

    Then discuss the impact of both and what makes it better or worse. Gets the message across and is also a bit of fun.


  2. Voice power

    Hi there Colette

    An idea along the lines of Sue’s is the "I didn’t say you stole the money" activity – in small groups everyone gets the same sentence but with a different word in bold which they have to add extra inflection to.  Upon reading each one out aloud, it becomes clear how the use of inflection can completely change the meaning of the sentence! 




  3. famous phrases……

    collect a series of famous phrases……. or even whole speeches

    eg Go on punk, make my day

    once more into the breach dear friends once more…….

    I only told you to blow the b****y doors off

    in flanders fields the poppies blow……..

    they think it’s all over, it is now

    I have a dream , that one day…….

    I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil tears and sweat

    come up and see me some time

    I didn’t do it nobody saw me do it you can’t prove anything

    and get people to read them out with different inflections/tones and volumes……it shows how different they sound …..and how different they are in terms of "listenability" and desire to hear to the end.


  4. thanks
    Thanks guys for the great ideas….love a group brainstorm! Really appreciated,

  5. oh, and one other thing…..

    you didn’t mention accent but that does make a difference as well…….

    Arnold Shwarzenegger (if that is the right spelling) apparently wanted to dub his own voice onto the Terminator films for their release in the German language….but was apparently rejected because his accent is the Germanic equivalent of a member of Wurzels!

    "oooooohh aaaaaaar, Oil b’ needin’ yer, goon, yer booots an’ yer motorcycle, me dearie-oh"

    Not quite as threatening!



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