Week one

Workbook activities

Importance of voice

  1. In summery, I believe talk is merely conversing ideas and thoughts where as speech is a formal address of thoughts to an audience (Oxford Dictionaries 2016).
  2. I believe a speech is more formal than a talk.  The Oxford Dictionaries (2016) suggests that a speech is a formal address of discourse delivered to an audience and a talk is a conversation or discussion. Yes, I would prepare differently for a speech compared to a talk.  I would do this by carefully considering the way I delivered my speech to a chosen audience, such as sounds and expressions in my voice.

Julia Gillard discussion

Personally, Julia Gillard’s voice and speech manner never done her any favours.  During her three years as Australia’s Prime Minister, I found her voice to be grating, robotic and unemotional.  She does, however, speak with intent and intellect. Frankel (2011) reports that Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd had similar speech styles. Both have highly accomplished speech skills, both can deliver monologues with articulation clarity and stumble-free fluency, and both are highly intelligent. Both also have an annoying dominant characteristic to their speech that dissonates with the public.

In comparison, her famous “Misogyny” speech was quite different. Her voice at times waivers but for the most part she owned the floor in Parliament that day.  The drive and anger in her voice commanded attention and not only did she receive it but the Opposition was completely intimidated and overwhelmed by her.

My positive reaction to Gillard’s speech is definitely influenced by both the content and delivery of her speech. The quotes, emotion and authority in her voice created a damaging portrayal of Tony Abbott and the Opposition. Gillard’s speech has deservedly become a historical moment in Australian women’s politics.

In general, if Julia Gillard possessed a voice similar to actress Cate Blanchett I believe the public and media would have attacked her less.  Blanchett would no doubt have received years of voice training and her speech reflects this.  Her voice can be nasally but still very fluid, strong and feminine.  There is no trace of the “Gillard twang” (2011) yet she still sounds distinctly Australian.

News Script

Voice critique

I feel my voice sounds incredibly young in this recording.  I will have to learn to speak louder and more confidently to overcome this trait. I also speak too fast and don’t breath enough.  More practice will help slow my speech and improve my breathing rate. However, I do speak clearly and pronounce words accurately.



Oxford Dictionaries 2016, http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/speech, viewed 28 February 2016.

Sydney Morning Herald 2011, Drop the Gillard twang: it’s beginning to annoy, http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/drop-the-gillard-twang-its-beginning-to-annoy-20110420-1dosf.html, viewed 29 February 2016.