Do you want to win a three-hour coaching session in a recording studio with Hong Kong’s top voice coach? And then record a professional voiceover?
All Voice Talent, in association with Top Schools is running a Speak Up! Voice Competition.
To enter, just answer this simple question:
Why is vocal confidence a crucial skill not just for school, but for life?
For full details on how to enter go to the competition webpage here.
Speak Up! for teenagers
Speaking with clarity and confidence is a skill that is not only essential for acing your oral exams but will also make you more influential, a stronger leader, and a more persuasive speaker. It will prepare you for internships, university life and your future career. In short, it is a skill for life.
David Pope is the Founder and Managing Director of All Voice Talent, a voice coaching and voiceover agency in Hong Kong. Pope has dedicated his career to helping people find their voice.
"I want people to understand their voice and know how they can increase their vocal impact," Pope explains. "It's really all about authenticity and finding your own voice." When many executives he'd coached remarked "if only I'd had this voice training when I was young," Pope had a 'lightbulb moment'.
He realised there was a real need for these skills among younger people, so he created Speak Up! Voice Coaching Programs designed specifically for teenagers.
There is a lot of pressure among students not only to perform well academically but to communicate their ideas with confidence and ease. This includes debating, presenting school projects, public speaking, and interviews.
Ryan Ho, a 15-year-old student at Australian International School who took the Speak Up! Voice and Confidence Program, notes that "vocal confidence is something that schools don't teach much, but I think it's really important because it affects how people perceive and see you as a person".
Renee Conklin, HR consultant and accomplished Toastmaster says that when interviewing interns she thinks vocal confidence is critical. "I make a decision about whether or not to hire someone within the first few seconds of meeting them".
Pope sums it up nicely, "In today's competitive world, speaking confidently can give you that extra boost."
Speak with Ease
Here are David Pope's top tips to become a more confident speaker:
- Plan what you want to say and practice.
- Use the right voice for the right audience.
- Think about your volume, pitch, pace and articulation.
- And don't forget, eye contact, posture and gesture are also very important.