Convention Spotlight: How Did Mitt Romney Do?
It is tempting in a setting as large as a convention hall for a speaker to maintain a high level of intensity throughout. Romney’s speech worked precisely because he avoided this temptation and instead spoke calmly and clearly to the audience, as if he were having a personal conversation with them.
Then, when he finally raised his volume and intensity at the end, it felt truly dramatic.
From the Green Room: Don’t assume that you have to be loud in order to be heard. If you speak at a high intensity throughout, you desensitize the audience to the power of your words. Sometimes it is the quieter moments (as long as the audience can hear you, of course!) which draw the most attention.