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The 5 Ps of Vocal Impact in Presentations


When delivering a presentation, voice projection is essential. The 5 P's is a way of maximising all the vocal aspects.

P ower

- Too loud a voice can be annoying particularly for those at the front of the audience

- Too quiet can say that the Presenter lacks confidence and others at the back can't hear

P itch

- Inject some energy into the voice to show enthusiasm for your message. The pitch or tone will vary more and the speech sounds more interesting to listen to

- Remember to inflect the voice i.e. stamp vocally on certain words. For example, saying 'Thank you very much' is less impactful than saying 'Thank YOU very much!'

P ace

- A good guide is an average of 120 words per minute in presentations

- Most people talk too fast (probably because they want to get it over with as quickly as possible!)

P ause

- Pausing is good for emphasis on key quality points. Pre-empting a quality point with a "Now this next point is very important", and a 3 second pause before making the point, is impactful

"The most precious thing in speech are the pauses"


P ronunciation

- 'E's and 'P's ; 'B's and 'D's are very similar sounds, and need to be enunced clearly

- Slowing the pace can help the Pronunciation

"Talk low, talk slow, and don't talk too much"


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Bryan Edwards is Managing Director of ABC Training Solutions Ltd ( which delivers training throughout the U.K. and markets a range of fully-designed, ready to deliver workshops, self study packs and other training exercises for the busy trainer. He can be contacted on 07747 602215 or [email protected]

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