Week One: Introduction
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?
ii. Is your reaction influenced by the content or delivery of the speech (or both)? Explain your answer.
iii. Would your views be influenced if Gillard sounded different (like actress Cate Blanchett, for example)?
i. As the Prime Minister of Australia and voice of our country; Julia Gillard has a reputation for being ‘annoying’ (Madigan, 2010). Coined as the “Gillard twang” by Australian journalists Frenzal (2011) and Madigan 2011) Gillard’s voice has as a nasal quality to it that screams unprofessional, at times rough and has often been a linguistic point of conversation.
i. After initially watching Julia’s notorious Misogyny speech last year, it made me sit up and pay attention to our first female Prime Minister.
How Gillard delivers such a passionate and personal speech whilst remaining composed and professional is inspiring. Her flow, clarity and lack of errors is commendable.
Gillard’s speech has structure, is simple and clear in addition to being exciting and engaging (Dean 2011). Gillard barely looks at her notes, only referring to them for hard facts. She is precise and has constant conviction in her delivering.
The speech itself gives an insight into the world of what it’s like to be a female in Australian politics and to be the target within a misogynistic society.
ii. My reaction is mainly influenced by the content of said speech. Sexism in Australian politics interests me and is a topic that I would listen to regardless of the way it is being presented. How our country’s leaders treat women is something that needs to be addressed and put on the public agenda.
iii. What I find most interesting about this speech is how personal and sincere the content is. Julia’s impressive delivery is a bonus. Therefore, if Cate Blanchett delivered this speech with as much passion and sincerity; in her smooth and well rounded voice then my views could be persuaded to like the speech even more.
Record your voice:
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.
In this recording my voice has a nasal sound and my accent is at times broad.
Initially it’s hard to tell what I’m reading, it sounds like it could be anything- not specifically a news script.
After listening to news readers and other public figures, what I’m really lacking is inflection. Inflection gives your voice meaning and keeps readers interested, it also helps them understand the content quicker by you emphasizing key words (Bates Communications Blog 2013).
My flow is disjointed and lacks character and volume. I find it boring and also cringe worthy to listen to.
When I read things out loud, I have a tendency to get ahead of myself which results in me sounding confused. This happens quite a lot.
When I read in front of people I pay attention to the speed of what I’m saying, however I become overwhelmed and consequently falter.
Who would have thought that a simple task such as reading aloud could include so many variables to take into consideration.
The things that I could improve on:
- Practice; a successful public speaker rehearses and prepares (Ames 2016).
- Improve my articulation. Develop my clarity and enunciation by engaging my mouth, tongue and lips (Ames 2016).
- Conduct breathing exercises. By breathing in the right places will allow the sentence to flow, instead of stopping in starting in random places. Therefore, enhancing overall projection and resonance (Ames 2016).
- Establish an imaginary wall between myself and listeners in order to disassociate from them so I can feel comfortable to perform (Ames 2016). Effective public speakers add drama to inform and entertain their listeners (Ames 2016).
ABC News Australia 2012, Gillard labels Abbot a misogynist, video, 8 October, viewed 15 March 2016
Ames, K 2016, Module 4: Performance, course notes, COMM12033: Speech and Script, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au
Bates Communications Blog 2013, ‘Does Your Voice Say Energetic, Intelligent, and Professional?’, blog post 21 February, viewed 19 March 2016, http://www.bates-communications.com/articles-and-newsletters/articles-and-newsletters/bid/59787/Does-Your-Voice-Say-Energetic-Intelligent-and-Professional
Dean, F 2011, ‘5 Steps to a Successful Speech’, 1 December 2011, http://thespeechwriter.typepad.com/onspeechwriting/2011/12/5-steps-to-a-successful-speech-part-1.html
Fenkel, D 2011, ‘Drop the Gillard twang: it’s beginning to annoy’, viewed 9th March 2016,
Julia Gillard Question time, digital time, viewed 8 March 2016, http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2012/10/09/1226492/274979-prime-minister-julia-gillard.jpg
Madigan, M 2016, ‘Julia Gillard: How broad is my accent?’ November 25 2010, viewed 15 March 2016, http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/julia-gillard-how-broad-is-my-accent/story-fn6ck620-1225960339814
Voice Coach Global’s channel 2010, Julia Gillard’s voice, video, 24 June, viewed 15th March 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEybGzg1Nxs
Women in cabinet around the world, digital image, viewed 8 March 2016, http://www.davidsmerdon.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/alp.png