Thursday, May 28, 2009

Conference Call 911

Yesterday I gave a presentation to the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association. (WALRAA) I asked two volunteers to tell a story to each other - at the same time. The goal for each was to distract the other.

The first time, I had them tell the story only with their voice.

The second time, I encouraged them to use movement.

It was remarkable to see the contast. The ability to move around dramatically increased the power of their voices. Somehow the physical motion set their voices free.

This is a particularly useful point to remember when you are speaking on a conference call. Stand up. Move around the room. Your voice will sound all the more animated and expressive.

From the Green Room: Move around. And set your voice free.


Anonymous said...

Is there any way to compensate when it's impossible to move around -- as, for example, when speakers in a panel discussion have to address the audience while seated behind a table?

Sarah Gershman said...

Speaking on a panel is one of the most challenging - and potentially awful speaking situations. Stay tuned for future blogs on this very subject...

StocksHaven said...


This was really interesting to read and I will definitely add it as a mental note to my repertoire. Very, very cool!


Sarah Gershman said...

Thank you for reading Michael!