How to Project Confidence

In this video, I interview celebrity voice coach Roger Love on how to project confidence in a case interview. Roger is the voice coach to the A-List of high profile public speakers, actors, and singers. His clients and students include:

  • Tony Robbins
  • Suze Orman
  • John Gray
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Jeff Bridges
  • The Cast of Glee
  • Keira Knightley
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Mandy Moore
  • John Mayer
  • Demi Lovato
  • Tyra Banks
  • Selena Gomez

In the first 10 minutes of the video, Roger explains (at my request) what it's like to work with the super-stars and what commonalities or traits they shared. From about 11 minutes on ward, we discuss the components of voice and confidence. It was a fascinating interview as I haven't learned this much so fast in a long time.

One note: This video is a recording of a live web conference using a new technology and video editing approach I hadn't used before. As a result, you'll notice that I never make "eye contact" -- so my apologies for that.

In the video, Roger references his website which can be found at:

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57 comments… add one
  • Sai Charan Tej Oct 4, 2012, 2:06 pm

    Fabulous!! Thanks a lot Victor and Roger for showcasing the subtleties of our voice. I can relate myself to every thing mentioned in the video. Thanks again!!

  • Siddharth Menon Oct 4, 2012, 2:04 pm


    Thank you for sharing this video with us! This was a very insightful and illustrative conversation. It was also unique in that I was fully engaged in the video for it’s entire duration, and that is something that doesn’t happen very often. Usually, one’s attention wanes around the 20-25 minute mark but Roger’s points about observing and mastering the nuances of melody, pace and connectedness of one’s speech were very interesting.

  • Bob Regnerus Oct 4, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Awesome, Victor. I’ve been focusing on improving my speaking for many applications. Roger explained the voice in so much detail here. I’ve listened through once, and I will be listening again with a notepad and pen. It’s such a great “right angle” you’ve provided the case interview crowd. While everyone focuses on mechanics, you are equipping us to not only give the right answers, you are adding an element of production and performance that will turbo-charge our ability to stand out in a competitive crowd.

  • Shannon Oct 4, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Very insightful! As a musician I’ve always been aware of the how these concepts work. It was making the connection to speaking in a dynamic way that was amazing! I like how he uses different tones and word lengths to intrigue and capture the audience.

    I might very well buy his training pack. Thank you very much for sharing!

    • Victor Cheng Oct 4, 2012, 4:00 pm

      You’re quite welcome.

      The training pack has two pieces to it. One is a 2 – 3 CD’s which covers concepts and examples. This overlaps a bit with what we covered in the interview. These CD’s explain more thoroughly how the voice works and why it is worth improving it.

      The other component is the training exercise CD. That doesn’t overlap at all with the video and very much focuses on HOW to improve. The practice routine is basically a 12 – 15 minutes. I basically play it while driving my car when my kids aren’t in the car.

      I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now, I have noticed an improvement. There are certain pitches that I just could not hit before, that I can do comfortably now. In addition to the training, I try to practice in real world settings. In particular, I try to use the techniques when reading a bed time story to my kids.

      They’ve noticed that my story telling is SO much more INTERESTING… Will the little bear get wet yes or no? Even though they know the story, they’re much more engaged. My rule is whatever works for 5 year old kids often works for Fortune 500 CEO’s (there’s more truth in that statement than one might realize!)

      Anyways, Roger’s website has a bunch of stuff on it so it is sometimes hard to find what you’re looking for. Here’s the direct link to his training CD set:


  • Anna Oct 4, 2012, 1:24 pm

    Simple and great voice manual! That’s a priceless gift, thank you!!

  • Daria Oct 4, 2012, 1:22 pm

    This is a wonderful video! I watched it twice and I am going to watch it again.
    I am planning to use my Toastmasters club speeches to practice these skills.

    Thank you, Victor, for this matchless material.

  • Catherine Oct 4, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much for this awesome and downright delightful video!

  • Ofir Goldberger Oct 4, 2012, 12:08 pm

    Thanks Victor, great video!

    I wonder what comments Roger would have about using laughter in a conversation. Laughter is an important social tool (rarely used comically in a conversation), and I find it can really make or break a conversation depending on how it is used.

    Another important point is public speaking for those who are not as fluent and may find they need to speak s-l-o-w-e-r, as many of my scientist peers do. How do you use your voice to overcome this apparent obstacle in bringing your fullest self out?

    Finally, and this may just take practice, there is a fine balance that needs to be struck between being animated, outgoing, and personable and being comical. The distinction may very well depend on the audience, and in business (and academic) settings, there is an important distinction between professional speaking and motivational speaking. The two can be combined no doubt, but the right balance must be struck. Surely that is an art as much as it is a skill.

    Thank you for all the great career resources, including this video.


    • Victor Cheng Oct 4, 2012, 12:42 pm


      In more formal situations like an interview, I refrain from deliberately making jokes. But sometimes there’s just something funny in the moment that I’ll comment on (especially if it is “safe” humor and would in no way offend a potential client).

      For non-native language speakers, pay attention to what Roger says about using pauses, using voice infection going up or down depending on where you are in the sentence, and “connecting your words”. Of the non-English speakers I’ve spoken with recently, other than accent or pronunciation which is difficult to improve overnight, the biggest problem that had was “not connecting” their words, so they spoke two words at a time, rather than in complete sentences or thoughts.

      The unusual pausing pattern is a “tell” that the speaker isn’t fluent (even though his pronunciation and accent were excellent for a non-native speaker). There is an example of this in the video recordings in my consulting resume toolkit — I think it is the recording of the resume rewrite for engineer from Purdue or Cornell (I forget which one).


      • Ofir Goldberger Oct 4, 2012, 1:06 pm

        Thank you for the reply Victor,
        Laughter is very important in a conversation. It shows you relate to the person on the other end. In these settings, laughter is seldom a result of a comic remarks, but more a social tool.
        If you watch your video interview, you will note that both you and Roger laugh a lot, although not a single joke is used.

        Thanks again for making this video available to us.


        • Victor Cheng Oct 4, 2012, 3:53 pm

          Ofir – Yes, there is a lot of laughter but not from jokes… you are very observant.

          I find that’s more natural that trying to intentionally “tell jokes”. The outcome of a tell a joke approach has high variance. 50% of the time it works great, 50% you’re totally dead — not worth the risk.


  • Anastasia Oct 4, 2012, 11:21 am

    Priceless advice!! Thank you very much!

  • Rose Oct 4, 2012, 11:07 am

    Thank you for throwing light on so many aspects of voice and how it influences ones thinking:)

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