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Practice Your Vocal Variety

Here are seven sentences you can use to practice vocal variety. Say each sentence several times, each time using different pitch, rhythm, and word emphasis.

  • Why aren't you all lying on the beach in Hawaii right now?

    (Try this as if you were angry, then as if you were motivating your team.)

  • How many of you paid all of your income tax last year?

    (How does the sentence change if you emphasize the word "all"?)

  • What would you do if you knew you only had one month to live?

    (Say this in a slow, measured tone. Then repeat it at a faster pace, emphasizing the words "one month." See the difference?)

  • This occasion will go down in history.

    (There are two interpretations to this statement: the "occasion" might be a happy one, or it could be a day of infamy. Convey the two different meanings using pitch, volume, and attitude.)

  • I'm going to tell you how you can make $25,000 in 25 minutes.

    (Pauses can make this sentence quite effective. Where would you put them?)

  • I was told two years ago I had three months to live.

    (Emphasis can bring out the contrast between the words "two years" and "three months.")

  • Let me tell you how I won the lottery!

    (Use all the tools to vary this sentence in as many ways as possible.)


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