Communicate with your voice

Many business presenters have a dispassionate vocal style, assuming that it makes them sound objective and authoritative. But a flat delivery will bore your audience. Instead, create contrast—and emphasis—through vocal variation. You can do this on your own or by tag-teaming with someone else. When Nancy Duarte and her husband co-present their company’s vision each year, their contrasting styles come through: He’s soft-spoken and charmingly funny, whereas she is dramatic and passionate. That mix works well for our content. He gets everyone to reflect on the firm’s success, and Nancy talks about the future with bold enthusiasm.

To learn more about delivering a persuasive presentation, check out Harvard Business Review’s The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations.

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