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Using volume to get the best presentation.
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Volume, like pace and intonation, can reveal the mood and mindset of a presenter.

It is important that your delivery is at an appropriate noise level. Speaking too loudly might annoy the audience and a low volume will leave the listeners equally frustrated. Aim to adjust your volume based on the location of the presentation and the audience.

Some presenters check that the people at the back of the venue can hear them before they start their talk to ensure that they are talking at the correct volume for everyone to hear.

Your task

Review the volume of your own speech. Prepare and record a one-minute speech on a familiar topic.
Play it back and consider how well your voice can be heard from different distances away from the recording device.
Do you think the volume of your voice would be at a suitable level for a medium-sized room?
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