Week four – Performance

According to Ames, (2018), to make improvements on public speaking, is to practice.  Focusing on “physical elements of speech communication and improving confidence,” said Ames, (2018).

This is exactly how I feel about my recording of the news script.  The more you have an opportunity to practice, the more I feel that you get use to it, improve and feel more confident and sound professional.

When re-recording the new voice over of the news script the second time around, I was in a smaller room which I think effected the acoustics and sound.

I found myself over thinking the voicing more and I tended to go over the script a lot more this time round.

While recording the voice over this week, my intention was to voice at a slower pace, while ensuring that I articulated and pronounced each word, maintained consistent expression and emphasis on key words.  I believe, I managed to achieve this.

Outside the room where I was recording the voice over this time round, there were people walking past where they could likely hear me recording my voice over.  Ha.  This was a little distracting.   I went for a walk to get a drink to refresh and recorded the voice over again from the top.  This helped and finally, I finished the voice over.


Film review on The King’s Speech, (Hooper, 2010).


The King’s Speech movie showed, the King George V character as a leader, impaired, struggling to speak fluently and get his words out when having a conversation or speaking during a speech.  With awkward pauses, frequent stuttering and stammer.  As the movie progresses, the King undertakes speech therapy lessons privately with  intentions to improve his speech, (Hooper, 2010).

The importance of performance in any speech is essential.  When you relate performing a speech as a King, someone with a significantly important role with great responsibilities.  Delivering his speech to the people would be considered to be one of the most important jobs in that role.


There were a few techniques in the movie during the lessons between the Speech Therapist and the King.  Including reading, pronunciation and projection exercises, articulating tongue twisters, vowel exercises, breathing exercises and listening to voice recordings, (Hooper, 2010).

Another interesting technique, the King had to listen to loud music with headphones, while reading a book out loud and being recorded.  The out come of that was surprising, where the King’s voice recording was spoken fluently without any stutters, (Hooper, 2010).

Altering voice techniques that can impact on professional speech.

Being assertive and aware of voice techniques can assist someone to articulate their words to deliver their speech with an impact.  Taking control of your voice can contribute to the overall success of any speaking presentation, conversation or speech, (Piazza, 2009).

According to Ames, (2018a), some of the elements which can attribute in making an impact in a speech can include breathing correctly, volume levels and projection.  If the facial muscles are relaxed and flexible, the use of good posture which effects breathing.  And deliver the speech to the audience with emotion and gesture showing an authentic sense of energy and enthusiasm.

If a speaker can calm their nerves and relax with a deep breath this can prevent the high pitch, fast pace speaking and can contribute to better professional speech, (Piazza, 2009).



Ames, K. (2018). Week 4 – Performance, CQUniversity e-courses, Retrieved from https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/1296976/mod_resource/content/1/COMM12033_Week4_Mod.pdf

Ames, K.  (2018a).  Week 4 – Speech study guide, CQUniversity e-courses, Retrieved from https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/1206327/mod_resource/content/9/COMM12033_Week2_Mod.pdf

Hooper, T.  (2010).  The King’s Speech [Video file].  Retrieved from SBS OnDemand https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1153256515974/the-kings-speech 

Piazza, F. (2009).   How to improve your voice [Video file].  Retrieved from YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAjKfL-upvo&feature=related



One thought on “Week four – Performance

  1. Good reflections generally. A couple of examples of your writing to consider:

    1) One sentence started with ‘Including’ which meant that the sentence was incomplete.
    2) Tighten your writing. For example, you wrote:

    Another interesting technique, the King had to listen to loud music with headphones, while reading a book out loud and being recorded. The out come of that was surprising, where the King’s voice recording was spoken fluently without any stutters, (Hooper, 2010).

    This is really passive and verbose. Better as:

    Another interesting and successful technique required the King to listen to loud music with headphones while reading a book aloud while being recorded. The King spoke fluently, which was a surprising outcome (Hooper, 2010).

    I won’t edit further, but working on this as a general comment will be useful to ‘professionalise’ your writing.


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