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Whatcha Giggling For?: Tips for Women Speakers to Command the Room

Sis, you know, you know your stuff, now it's time to own your voice and own the room.

In the world of public speaking, your voice is not just a medium of communication—it's a powerful tool that shapes the audience's perception. I asked this question on Facebook: "What are some topics you would want me to cover in a YouTube / Facebook Live regarding media prep and communication skills" and this was one of the comments from a Facebook friend.

"Vocal Delivery! I've attended two conference talks recently where the female speaker giggled nervously (and inappropriately!) and talked too fast. Speakers should record their practice and correct their mistakes before sharing it with the world!"

Whew, let me tell you, this comment triggered me on so many levels. Let's unpack this issue and explore strategies to help you harness the full potential of your voice.

The Challenge: Nervous Giggles and Rapid Speech

Given that my Facebook friend noticed female speakers giggling nervously and speaking too quickly, it's likely these behaviors were involuntary responses to nervousness. or worse, low self-esteem. Nevertheless, regardless of the reason, these actions undermined the speakers' authority and hindered that audience member's ability to fully grasp their message.

The Impact of Suboptimal Vocal Delivery

When you giggle or speak too quickly, it can signal insecurity and reduce your credibility. For women, who may already face stereotypes about their assertiveness and competence, these vocal tics can reinforce negative biases. It's crucial to address these issues not just to improve communication, but also to enhance personal presence and impact.

Strategies to Enhance Vocal Delivery

1. Record and Review: My Facebook friend was spot on about this technique. Start by recording your practice sessions. This allows you to hear what your audience hears. Listen critically for any nervous laughter, the pace of your speech, and the clarity of your articulation. Identifying these issues is the first step toward correcting them.

2. Slow Down: Speaking too quickly can be overwhelming for your audience. Practice pacing your speech. A good rule of thumb is to breathe naturally and allow brief pauses after completing a thought. This not only helps in maintaining a comfortable pace but also gives your audience time to digest the information.

3. Embrace Pauses: Many speakers fear silence, filling every gap with sound, including nervous giggles. Learn to be comfortable with pauses. They are powerful tools for emphasizing points and creating rhythm in your speech.

4. Focus on Breathing: Proper breathing techniques are essential for steady and confident voice projection. Practice diaphragmatic breathing to support your voice and reduce speech anxiety.

5. Work on Your Pitch: Women’s voices naturally have a higher pitch, but varying your pitch can help maintain audience interest and convey confidence. Avoid a monotone by incorporating pitch variations to emphasize key points.

6. Seek Feedback: Gather feedback from trusted peers or mentors. They can provide insights into your vocal performance that you might have missed.

7. Professional Coaching: Consider investing in a communication coach who specializes in vocal training. Personalized coaching can transform your delivery by addressing specific concerns, from eliminating nervous habits to enhancing voice modulation.

8. Care About Your Audience: As a speaker, your primary responsibility is to your audience. Prioritizing their needs means moving beyond your self-consciousness into mindfulness to anchor yourself. This level of attentiveness isn't just about improving your delivery; it's a profound act of care. Owning your voice and the room shows that you are committed to ensuring that your message not only reaches the audience but also resonates deeply.

My Approach: Empowering Women to Speak with Confidence

In my own practice, I emphasize the importance of authenticity and emotional connection. However, mastering technical skills like vocal delivery is also crucial. In my private sessions and workshops, we focus on exercises and affirmations that build confidence and presence, ensuring that every speaker is ready to step onto any stage with assurance and impact.


Improving vocal delivery is more than just correcting bad habits—it's about finding and refining your unique voice. For women in professional settings, the ability to deliver a message clearly and confidently can open doors and break ceilings. Remember, your voice has the power to inspire, persuade, and lead. Let's make sure it's heard loud and clear.

Call to Action: Overcome Social Conditioning

Much of the nervous laughter and fast talking can stem from deep-seated social conditioning. Women are often socially conditioned to appear less threatening and more agreeable, which can manifest in minimizing their presence through giggles or rushed speech. If these issues resonate with you, it may be time to dig deeper into the internal reasons and mindsets behind these behaviors. Book a Communication Coaching session to develop a voice that's not only heard but also respected.


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