That’s something they don’t teach in law school, but they should.
I was sitting in TWO different classes today, and I couldn’t hear what other students were saying in response to questions from the professor. I don’t have the best hearing, but I guarantee that these people were mumbling under the breath, staring down at their desks or buried in their books. Apparently the professor heard them, but I don’t see how all the students in the room could.
So what’s the point? Project your voice. This doesn’t mean that you always speak in the same volume. To the contrary, it means that you always ensure that everyone who needs to hear you actually can. Projecting is to speak with a confident, full voice, talking to the person who is furthest away from you.
I can understand that being called upon in class is sometimes a frightful experience. It’s tough to respond under the gun like that. But if you speak with a clear, confident voice, you will at least appear to know what you’re talking about.
Musicians have a rule that if you play during a rest (where you shouldn’t play), make it the best, nicest sounding note you possibly can. Why? The audience will likely not know that you screwed up. That same rule applies to many things in life, especially speaking.
And yes, projecting your voice will help advance your career and improve your grades. If you exude confidence, you will do better in interviews and jobs. If you speak up in class, you will likely learn more and be more in tune with the professor.
What are you going to do next time you’re talking to someone? Project!!
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