Vocal Variety

Speech Project 6 from the Competent Communication Manual


Your voice is the link between you and our listeners.  It is the primary medium for conveying your message.  What kind of voice do you have?  Is it rich, exciting and easy to listen to?  All speakers should work to develop a voice that enhances their words and attracts listeners’ attention.

Executive Summary:

Your voice has a major effect on your audience.  A lively, exciting voice attracts and keeps listeners’ attention.  A speaking voice should be pleasant, natural, forceful, expressive and easily heard.  Use volume, pitch, rate and quality as well as appropriate pauses to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.  Your voice should reflect the thoughts you are presenting.  Review Your Speaking voice which you received in your New Member Kit.


  • Use voice volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.
  • Use pauses to enhance your message.
  • Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally.

Time: Five to seven minutes

For more details on this speech project, see the Competent Communication Manual from Toastmasters International.

The Competent Communication Manual

You may be more comfortable communicating by electronic mail or telephone than in person.  Speaking to large or small groups, or even one-to-one, may intimidate or frighten you.  Yet good communication skills are vital if you want to be successful.  Corporate leaders say that the ability to communicate well orally is one of the most important skills their recruiters look for in job candidates.  Businesses want people who express themselves clearly and confidently, and are persuasive and comfortable communicating with a wide range of people, from top executives to assembly-line workers.