Category: Week 2 Blog Activities

COMM12033 Speech and Script Week 2 Workbook Activities

Figure 1: The importance of a professional voice over Source: Lingel (n.d.)

In 300 words, define in your own words what you think makes a ‘professional voice’; ie. What makes a voice sound professional (or otherwise)?Record your views on your blog.

I would describe the professional voice as one with a formal tone which is very different from the informal voice which is normally used when speaking to others. The professional voice is confined as a person with authority and most people who speak in public or via/in a business have an authority to them which says ‘listen to me because I know what I’m saying.’

Does this mean that the person has to be in a profession which requires the professional voice; subsequently, for me I do not believe it does mean that they need to be in a profession that requires this skill. In fact, in my opinion sometimes even parents can have a professional voice as they often have to speak with authority and formality. The professional voice can be achieved by a person who is able to use their ability to control the use of tone, pace etc to make the audience connect with them which again is one of the major aspects that make the “professional voice”. They use a certain tone and often are consistent with their pace.

Another factor that makes a voice professional in my opinion is that we often do not hear um’s and ah’s when professionals are speaking. Correct pronunciation is a requirement when trying to sound professional as each word needs to be said with precision and clarity. Knowing when to pause, take breaths and when to speak is part of the role of being a professional voice. I do not believe that the ability to control is a skill which is just gained from life but one which is taught to someone so that they know how to control their volume, pace, tone etc.

Some examples of voice roles which sound professional may be: Broadcaster, Journalist, Public speaker.


Figure 2: How to make a great speech Source: Salmi (2013)


2. What makes a great speech?: Reflect on some of the speeches to which you were referred in this week’s study guide.

What makes a great speech in my opinion is the personal input that people put into it. When you can hear that they have personally experienced it, this adds an ability to connect to the subject of the speech. Being able to connect to the speech means that it will have more of an impact on you which is what makes speeches great, the fact that they can impact you and possibly change how you see something. Between Nick’s speech and the other two I found nothing common; however, between the last two speeches their pace, tone and lack of personality was common between them.

In order for a speech to be great it requires the speaker to know their audience (Eunson 2012). Using Rhetoric devices to persuade the audience of your argument (Hicks 2013). When rhetoric is used effectively it can mean a successful persuasion of your argument to convince the audience that you are right. Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) provide a number of suggestions in their speech writing guidelines.

3. Record Emphasis in Professional News Reading:

Figure 3: COMM12033: Week 1 News Read Source: Zoe Mears (2016)



Figure 4: COMM12033: Week 1 News Read Source: Zoe Mears (2016)


d. Is there a pattern? Does the emphasis occur every four to five words, three to four words, for example? Or is it more random?

I cannot actually see a pattern. The closest thing that I can find to a pattern is that it is often at the beginning or the end of a sentence and usually there is at least one per line/sentence.

According to Bainbridge, Goc & Tynan (2011) pacing your stories correctly can help make your broadcast easy for the listener to comprehend. News presenters and experienced reporters speak at about three words a second, or about 180 words a minute (Bainbridge, Goc & Tynan 2011).

Figure 5: The professional voice Source: NYOG 2015

e. What are the features of this recording that are different to your own?

The features of the recording that are different to my own recording are the difference in tone, pace, and accent. You can tell that it is professional; whereas, mine you can tell is amateur.

Figure Reference List

Lingel, G n.d., The importance of a professional voice over, digital image, viewed 15 May 2016,

NYOG 2015, The professional voice, digital image, viewed 6 May 2016,

Salmi, M 2013, How to make a great speech, digital image, 15 May 2016,

Reference List

Bainbridge, J, Goc, N & Tynan, L 2011, Media & Journalism, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.

Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.

Eunson, B 2012, Communicating in the 21st century, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton.

Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.