Voice Energy Lesson from Green Eggs and Ham

When it first appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1991 (to commemorate the death of Dr. Suess), this classic bit was one of those television moments that everyone was talking about.

As wonderful as it still is, it’s also a great lesson in how to use your voice effectively. Notice how Rev. Jackson’s voice is like a roller coaster. The voice rises and falls, speeds up and slows down. His pauses are wonderful.

Too many people in business speak in a flat monotone. Whether or not you like his politics, I think we all have to admit that our listeners would all be much happier if more of us would try to speak with the wonderful ebb and flow of Rev. Jesse Jackson reading “Green Eggs and Ham”.

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