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:
www.ThePerfectVoice.com

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57 comments… add one
  • Jun Nov 12, 2019, 9:01 am

    For such a long time, I searched to improve my voice, and this one video did it. I sing, and this definitely stepped up my musicality. Thank you so much Victor!

  • MARISH May 30, 2017, 12:50 pm

    Thank you Victor, this is an awesome video and a big thanks to your sincere efforts (in between your busy schedule) to bring in content most relevant to your subscribers and the student community. Learnt a lot today just like I have from all your past emails. Thank you once again.

  • Veronika May 8, 2017, 11:15 am

    Many thanks to you and Roger for that great video and all ideas how we could simply apply arts (music, storytelling, acting) in business!
    It would be also great to connect with breathing as a base, which supports the melody.

    Good luck in all you do!

    Sincerely yours,
    Veronika

  • Jean R. Apr 17, 2016, 6:44 am

    Thank you for sharing with me this amazing video! You’ve given much to think about !

  • Ryan Aug 26, 2015, 2:00 am

    I think your voice is great Victor and your email writing is Awesome.

    If anything sometimes you talk too fast probably because you are so smart and get things so quickly.

    Look at the video and this guy Roger speaks well because he is always very calm and keeps that ‘sing songy’ quality.

    I think Victor when you get this down your next step should be a consulting version of shark tank.

  • Samir Jul 30, 2013, 5:43 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this video. It is very relevant to me. When I speak, I’m concious about my soft monotone voice and I don’t like it. Thanks to this video I’m confident that I can change this in a way that it will not stop me from reaching my full potential.

    I can’t thank you enough, Victor and Roger, for opening my eyes to ways to improving my speaking performance.

    – Samir

  • Iskander May 7, 2013, 5:00 pm

    Thank you so much!
    So, have you finished with Your “As” and “AMMMs” spaces? :)

    • Victor Cheng May 9, 2013, 1:11 am

      Iskander

      I’m much better, but not yet 100% perfect. So I keep working on it.

      -Victor

  • Xiaofei Mar 27, 2013, 10:36 pm

    Hi Victor- From your description and the audience’s comments , it sounds like this is a terrific video. However, the video couldn’t be loaded; I suspect it’s because it’s a youtube video and youtube is blocked where I am.. Is it possible for you to re-post this video on your website for those who live or travel to where youtube is not available? Thanks much!

  • VIJAYASENA P Mar 6, 2013, 8:20 pm

    The video was good which may come long way in moulding myself(57 years) and my son (10 years) in public speaking. I am not aware that My son’s talents in vocal and instrument(keyboard) can be useful for him to mould himself as a good public speaker
    Vijayasenan P, Senior Manager, Indian Overseas Bank
    Senior Vice President
    Indian Overseas Bank Officers’ Assocation

  • Tyrone Jan 15, 2013, 11:58 am

    This stuff really works! Victor you are so much easier to listen to in this video compared with LOMS! Sounds like you are adopting this advice. As helpful as LOMS is you can be hard to listen to in it.

    • Victor Cheng Jan 15, 2013, 12:35 pm

      Tyrone – thanks for the feedback on both the video and LOMS. Like I suggest to you and others, always be improving right?
      Victor

  • Helen Xiao Nov 28, 2012, 5:17 am

    Hi Victor,

    I listened to this video because I have a presentation soon to senior people at work.

    It is interesting to consider that it is not entirely WHAT you say but HOW you say it that is most likely to determines the successful relay of your message.

    I wonder when you present with aids like PowerPoint and if having a great voice like Roger, would that message be diminished by other things that might be around you when you present e.g. Audience distracted by bulletpoints or pictures on the PowerPoint.

    If so, would you recommend minimizing the use of slides?

    Thanks in advance,

    Helen Xiao

    • Victor Cheng Nov 28, 2012, 10:44 am

      Helen

      Most people over use PowerPoint and when they do use it, they often use it incorrectly.

      Things like PowerPoint can be useful as a visual AID to make a specific point. Way too many people use it as speaker notes where they just read the slide out loud. This is a completely pointless way to present.

      When someone just reads the slide out loud, the audience gets really bored, really fastbecause they too can read the slide…. And they can read three times faster than the presenter can speak.

      The better approach is to make YOU the presentation, and use slides to ASSIST in making a point that is too complicated to explain verbally, and EASIER to see visually…. THAT’s when you use slide.

      I have given 4 hour presentations off of 10 slides before… Because 10 was all that was needed to get then job done. I have given 1 hour presentations that needed 100 slides, because in that case thats what it took to get the job done.

      Consulting presentations tend to be very data heavy, and as a result the legitimately do warrant the use of slides to help visualize data so the audience can SEE your point.

      Whatever you do, don’t just read the slide word for word when presenting to a live audience.

      Victor

  • NancyM Nov 21, 2012, 9:44 am

    Excellent!!!

  • GIANLUCA Oct 14, 2012, 9:05 am

    Dear Victor,

    1000 Cheers for these unique 51 minutes of pleasure!

    While listening through the video I jotted down few notes and came up with this:
    1. Melody
    2. Volume
    3. Grateful
    4. Keep words connected like in a song
    1+2+3+4=effective and confident communication of your content to your listening audience!

    The takeaway of this video is a lesson for my life.
    I am not an english native speaker and the field I work in requires extensive skills in the art of public speaking.

    Then after this video, although I often get compliments for my speaking abilities by my peers, superiors and clients, I realized I usually speak with only 1+2 and pretty much miss out 3+4 … which is a big part :-/

    Outstanding lesson! Now I am going to listen to Martin Luther King recording.

    All the best,
    Gianluca

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