Pitch is the “highness or lowness of the sound of your voice on a musical scale” (Verderber). There are people who have a warm and welcoming quality to their voice that has a positive effect on others while others have a flat, monotone and purely droning quality to their voice that has a negative effect on others. The standard of tone is seen as deeper voices possess authority while shrill and high-pitched tone can completely turn an audience off and plain ...view middle of the document...
…When you very your tone, you inject life and energy into your message.” (Corporate Coach Group)
Volume is “how loudly or softly you speak” (Verderber). The speaker should never appear to be shouting at the audience in order to have his or her message be heard. If the speaker is speaking too loud, the audience becomes uncomfortable. If the speaker is not speaking loud enough, any part of the message may not be heard at all. An effective speaker “should still be able to change the volume of his or her voice for emphasis” and added enthusiasm (Dyer).
Pace or Rate is “how fast you talk” (Verderber) and Quality is “the tone or timbre of your voice and what distinguishes it from the voices of others” (Verderber). It is important to slow down so the audience is under the understanding of what is being said. When you slow down “[the speaker] has more time to select the right words and phrases to express your meaning exactly” (Corporate Coach Group). Individuals who speak slower are seen to have authority and intelligent.
In conclusion: speak in the lower tones of your vocal spectrum, use a variety of tones to express importance, slow down, be articulate and always speak loud enough to get your message across.