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Interview with Alfred Poor: Better Online Presentations — 3 Comments

  1. Great tips! With this pandemic going on too long, we really need to pivot online and do those things mentioned. Thank you!

  2. For some reason, my voice always cracks when speaking to an audience, even online. Is this normal? What can I do to prevent this from happening?

  3. Melissa, I know lots of people whose voices crack when they speak (and not just 14 year old boys, though I remember going through that stage myself!) To some extent, it’s just a part of their charm, their personality, what makes them an individual just as a lopsided nose or dimpled chin might. If it’s not to the point that it’s distracting to the audience, I would just accept it and go with it.

    If it’s bothering you to the point where it’s distracting you, I have a couple suggestions to try. First, your voice may crack because you’re tense. Work at relaxing before you start to speak. A little meditation or breathing exercises might help keep everything loose when you start to speak.

    Another idea would be to rehearse more. I also perform music, and I know that I’m stiff and awkward the first time I try to play a new song. But after I’ve practiced it dozens of times, it becomes familiar and comfortable and I can relax and have fun with it. I find the same thing holds for my speaking engagements.

    If these don’t help, I recommend that you seek out a voice coach who can help you with your breathing and voice control to help reduce the cracking.

    In any case, don’t let this hold you back. Whether you choose to accept it or change it, you can still deliver your message.


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