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How Visual Rhythm can improve the power of your speech

Written by Jan Fox on .

When you speak, you have an Auditory Rhythm. Your audience settles in and decides whether or not they like it. But did you know your speech also has a Visual Rhythm? Find out what Visual Rhythm is and how it can increase your audience's ability to remember and use your message. 

When you speak, you have an Auditory Rhythm. Your audience settles in and decides whether or not they like it. Did you know your speech also has a Visual Rhythm? This pattern and power can increase your audience's ability to remember and use your message, ultimately making you more likeable and effective as a speaker.  Isn't that what every speaker wants?

Your word choice and what you say set up an Auditory Rhythm for your viewers or audience to follow. They settle into it. Even if it has unpredictable moments, which is ideal, where you yell or smack your hands or whisper, your viewers get used to your unpredictable rhythm and like it. They watch for it.

Your guest spot on TV or any speech you are giving also has what I call a "Visual Rhythm". Your body language provides the visual rhythm. This, too, needs to be unpredictable, but never too unsettling.

Your visual rhythm should augment your auditory rhythm. It helps your viewers understand your message more quickly. It aids them in securing that ever important "retainability" you want to give them.

If you are on a stage or standing at the TV demo table, your visual rhythm needs to bigger, broader, more sweeping than when you are sitting in a chair on the TV set or presenting while seated at a bigconference table.

Your gestures are like mini punctuation marks. You can't read a story without them. Your viewers or your audience can't understand your message as well without them.

Everything your body does on the stage or the TV set is just as important, or more so, than the words you say. The viewers will remember what they SAW before they will remember what you say.

Practice your Visual Rhythm as much as you practice your words. Video yourself. If you don't like what you see, CTRL ALT DEL and start over. Your viewers will thank you.

More importantly, they will hear your message more deeply making it easier to apply it to their lives. Isn't that what every speaker wants?!

 

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