According to Webster’s online dictionary, cadence is defined as “the way a person’s voice changes by gently rising and falling while he or she is speaking.”
As a speaker, if you can incorporate (and maybe even try to master) the use of cadence into your speech delivery, by varying your vocal inflection – up or down – to pronounce or call attention to a word or group of words in a sentence to stress their meaning, you will begin to see how well this technique works to make your speech more memorable.
Can you put a name with a speech?
“Free at last, Free at last, God almighty we are free at last.”
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
See what I mean. You probably got both of those right. You know why, because these orators were masters of incorporating eloquent pitches of cadence into their speeches.
By using the power of cadence, such as in Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963, “I Have a Dream” speech, or in President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration address, one can see how both of these men mastered their ability to use different vocal inflections to set a tone for how they wanted their words to be remembered, after all, these two works are some of the most memorable speeches of all time by American orators.
From time to time, I actually read along with speeches like these. This makes me learn how to slow down more and talk from a normal voice. Take a moment and listen to the top 100 speeches of all time at this link: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html
Well, here is one proven way to have the crowd in your hand…Learn to apply the use of cadence into your speech delivery, and you, too, can potentially make your speeches more memorable.
Keep on Speaking!