Week one – The importance of voice

This week’s first activity is to listen to two Youtube video’s about Julia Gillard’s voice in the first video, and about the delivery and content of the second video.  Then discuss my opinion (Ames, 2018).

Video one:

After listening to the audio recording, it left me thinking more about how people perceive things differently about what is a good speech for them? Considering my opinion verses a voice coach professional’s opinion.

The delivery of the speech was executed well and held my interest which influenced me to engage and listen.  Julia Gillard’s voice is unique and is easily recognised.   As a New Zealand born lady, she has a New Zealand accent, which among Australians it does also stand on.

I thought Julia delivered of her speech in this interview with articulation, with the use of clear diction pronunciation and expression.  In a warm and friend professional tone at a good volume level to get her messages across, (Cenre, 2015).

Professional voice coach Lucy Cornell had different opinion to me.  Saying, Julia’s voice did not come across warm, friendly or feminine, (Voice Coach Global, 2019)?

The subject matter content of the speech in this example, was irrelevant to me when looking at the voice speech perspective.   As I was focusing on the actual voice delivery techniques that Julia used as she delivered her speech.

This activity outlined to me, that there is much more depth to ‘voice’ when delivering a speech or interview.    As to what makes a good speech delivery good or not, other than just the points you see on the surface.

Video two:

The ‘Misogyny’ speech – my reaction to this speech and how I was influenced by the delivery or content? 

My first thoughts of this speech, it was a passionate and powerful speech made from Julia Gillard.  Delivered with strength, intent, courage, focus, clear diction, expression, and confidence.  Julia engaged with the audience with regular eye contact and pauses. (Plavetich, 1992, n.p.).

In the nature of the topic and the situation, it had to be.  It did have an influence on me, in that I was interested in listening, hearing what she had to say about the content and admired the way she was standing up for women’s rights in a very controversial topic.

While I personally do not like to get into listening to the he say, she say, aspects of the speech.  I do appreciate, in this instance seeing Julia as an professional example for women, speaking with strength, keeping focused on delivering the speech the entire time, even with the distractions.

iii. Would your views be influenced if Gillard sounded different (like actress Cate Blanchett, for example)?

The answer to this question would be no, changing Julia’s voice would not change my views or influence.  From an holistic perspective, delivering a speech well is  about the actual speech content, the articulation and the delivery.

Julia Gillard’s voice is distinct and unique, which does add to the impact of the delivery in her speeches.  Coming across being well prepare and genuine creating a sense of trust in what is said and natural influence of engagement.

This weeks second task was to record a voice over for a radio SBS news script which is  below via a SoundClound link:

It was an interesting task to listen back to the recorded voice over of the news bulletin.  Looking for areas of where I could improve.

I found, trying to articulate the text initially without getting tongue-tied was challenging.  With also trying not to create any awkward pauses.  The more I read the text, the easier it was to articulate the words.  There are area’s in this voice over recording where there are a couple of awkward changes in the voice over created while recording and editing.

When I spoke, I was mindful to speak with purpose, confidence, in a serious but warm tone, noting that the news bulletin being read is covering breaking news topics about politics, finance and a natural disaster.

For this example, I used expression and an upbeat pace to differentiate between topics, speakers, paragraphs in the news bulletin voice over.

Overall, I do feel the voice over recorded was good as it included the expression, the tones, it was paced with articulation and pronunciation.  Doing it again, I would just practice a few times reading the script out loud until the words flowed better and would also work on the pronunciation while articulating the script.



ABC News.  (2012).  Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech in full [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihd7ofrwQX0

Ames, K.  (2018).  Week 1 – Workbook, COMM12033 Speech and script. CQUniversity e-courses, Retrieved from https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/1206321/mod_resource/content/6/COMM12033%20Week%201%20%E2%80%93%20Workbook.pdf

Cenere, P., Gill, R., Lawson, C., & Lewis, M. (2015). Communication skills for business professionals. Port Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press

The monthly media. (2015).  My story: Julia Gillard in conversation, Adelaide writers week 2015 [Video file].  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kf_oFYUUMw

Plavetich, R., & Kleiner, B. (1992).  How to be an effective public speaker.  Training and development.  Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=T002&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=AdvancedSearchForm&currentPosition=1&docId=GALE%7CA13769254&docType=Article&sort=RELEVANCE&contentSegment=&prodId=AONE&contentSet=GALE%7CA13769254&searchId=R1&userGroupName=cqu&inPS=true

Voice Coach Global. (2010).  Julia Gillard’s Voice  [Video file]. Retrieved from



One thought on “Week one – The importance of voice

  1. A great start Amanda! Work on tightening your writing as a minor point. There are a few technical errors in your references. Your reading was excellent – a little fast, but I’ll review Week 4 to see how you went with the re-read. 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s