2.c. Reflect on these videos on your blog. As a minimum, respond to the following questions: i. What are your views on Julia Gillard’s voice? Consider her ‘Misogyny’ speech – what is your reaction to this speech?
Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) states that first impressions are important because audiences are quick to decide whether to pay attention to the speaker or not. Thus when we look at the first impressions of Julia Gillard I find that I do not like listening to her as Julia Gillard’s voice seems to sound very nasal. Also it sounds too quiet and when Julia raises her voice it seems to sound like its cracking under strain. This makes it hard for me to want to listen to her.
My personal opinion on her voice is that it is annoying to hear and so whenever I hear her voice I tend to change the tv channel or mute it so that I do not have to listen to her. This could also be due to the fact that I am a bit biased when it comes to my opinion due to what happened with Kevin Rudd when she took over. However, Gillard’s voice has been frequently described as annoying and excruciating by the public and also commentators (Priestley 2014).
The misogyny speech seems to start very personal and passionate about the opposition being sexist and a misogynist, which could easily offend a feminist.
I found the subject of this speech rather offensive as in the 21st century women equality is something which is a cause that is supported by many women (including myself) across Australia and the world.
ii. Is your reaction influenced by the content or delivery of the speech (or both)? Explain your answer.
It is a bit of both. The content of the speech with the “evidence” provided and also the delivery of the speech, this is because with the content no amount of delivery would matter. However, without the delivery the content would become boring or dull. According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) there are a number of aspects which make up a good speech, if the speaker knows what should be said, if they know their audience, and have researched the topic.
iii. Would your views be influenced if Gillard sounded different (like actress Cate Blanchett, for example)?
The sound of the voice can make a big difference in the way a speech is received and interpreted. Eunson (2012) states that pitch is the height or depth of voice. Audiences associate a deeper pitch with authority and formality.
Thereby, the change in voice for me would have an influence on my views of the speech. It could add more authority and have more of a soothing effect rather than the effect that Julia Gillard had when I was listening to the sound of her voice. If Gillard’s voice was deeper and fuller then it would make it more authoritative and less annoying.
3. Record your reading of the news script, and upload it to your blog. In 250 – 500 words, critique your voice. What can you improve? What are your strengths? Record your reflections on your blog.
It is easy to hear in the recording that I am not use to reading from a script in a professional manner. As although there were some strengths I found when listening to the recording; it was mostly made up of points which needed improvement. There may also be certain parts of my reading that may need improvement that I have not yet realised.
One of my strengths I found is that in the recording there were no ums or ahs. Another strength I found was that I spoke clearly and precisely; however, there is plenty of things in my reading of the script that need improvement. The pace which I read was not consistent as at certain times I read faster or slower than others, also at certain points I reread because I had made several mistakes.
The volume of which I read the script started off loud enough but as soon as I made a couple of mistakes I became a bit too quiet. I was not too sure about how to pronounce some of the names which you can tell as my voice came through as a little nervous. I also sounded a little like a robot reading the script. This is another improvement which needs to be made.
Schaefer (2012) provides a number of tips such as never reading a script cold. This means always warming up the voice and the body with exercises such as tongue-twisters, deep breathing and stretching. Practising the script several times aloud especially names and places which are unfamiliar (Schaefer 2012). Also to be standing with the script above eye level and if you are quiet then try read the script loudly like you are trying to talk over a crowd (Schaefer 2012). Schaefer (2012) states not to drink coffee or milk products or soda before reading a script as this can affect the sound of your voice.
I believe if I follow these tips that I can improve dramatically upon how I sound when reading a news script.
Figure Reference List
ABC News Australia 2012, Gillard labels Abbott a misogynist, video, 8 October, viewed 12 March 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihd7ofrwQX0
Dusevic, T 2010, This is utilitarian old-school politics, digital image, viewed 10 April 2016, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/archive/politics/this-is-utilitarian-old-school-politics/story-e6frgczf-1225884036898
Voice Coach Global 2010, Julia Gillard’s voice, video, 24 June, viewed 12 March 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEybGzg1Nxs
Eunson, B 2012, Communicating in the 21st century, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton.
Priestley, A 2014, The sound of a voice in power Bob Carr’s reflections on Julia Gillard, viewed 11 April 2016, http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/item/3863-the-sound-of-a-voice-in-power-bob-carr-s-reflections-on-julia-gillard
Schaefer, K 2012, Voicing your script tips and techniques, viewed 12 March 2016, http://www.sej.org/sites/default/files/VoicingYourScript101912.pdf
Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.