There was another election debate last night: featuring Scottish political leaders. This proved to be an animated performance from the two main political leaders in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader.
Both leaders are passionate about their causes and at times the debate between the two leaders became heated. However, as a voice trainer, I have to mention their voices and the impact this had on the experience of the audience, both in the studio, on TV and the other debaters.
This is the fact: both women’s voices became screechy as they became more animated during the debate. Seeing the face of one of the other (male) voices says it all: namely that Sturgeon and Davidson had screechy voices as they argued. To an outsider, it appeared that the debate had got out of control and the sound of the voices as well as the finger pointing, took the debate to another level. Watch part of the debate:
Okay: this is not being sexist however, unless one is careful, most female voices CAN become screechy and this is very off putting, or in the extreme, terrifying!!!!
It is no accident that Margaret Thatcher had vocal training; she had the same challenge as Nicola Sturgeon, namely she was a screecher when she became impassioned about a topic, or when she raised her voice. A lot of the voice training focused on maintaining a lower pitched voice, that was easier to listen to and hear, when she projected her voice or was in a debate.
So the answer to the question is Sturgeon a screecher? Yes she is (as is Davidson). Ladies, the same happened during the Brexit debates where it appeared there was a massive argument going on with finger wagging to add to the mix. Please do yourself justice: be aware that your voice raises in pitch and it does your image no good. Get it trained so you can modulate the pitch far better – as Theresa May has done.
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