Voice coach reveals tricks to sounding more confident when speaking

Never ‘upspeak’ and ditch the filler words: Voice coach reveals her tips and tricks to help you sound more confident when you’re public speaking

  • Sally Prosser is a voice coach and has shared how to speak with confidence 
  • She said you should avoid ‘vocal fry’, don’t use filler words and don’t ‘upspeak’
  • After posting a TikTok video, the post has been seen more than 1.6 million times  

An Australian voice coach and former broadcast journalist has revealed how to improve your speech and sound more confident.

Brisbane-based Sally Prosser shared a video on TikTok and said three easy steps is all it takes to make your public speaking infinitely better.

In the video, Sally said you should always avoid ‘vocal fry’ by taking breaths while speaking, you shouldn’t use too many filler words such as ‘like’, and you shouldn’t ‘upspeak’ at the end of every sentence.

‘Don’t do these three things if you want to sound confident, competent and credible,’ Sally said.

Since publishing the post online, the video has gone viral and has been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

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Sally Prosser (pictured) shared a video on TikTok and said three easy steps can be implemented to improve speech

Sally told FEMAIL the reason why people upspeak is often because the ‘little voice’ inside their head is doubting what they’re saying

Sally told FEMAIL the reason why people upspeak is often because the ‘little voice’ inside their head is doubting what they’re saying.

Sally’s tips to sound more confident  

1. Avoid ‘vocal fry’ and breathe in between sentences 

2. Don’t use too many filler words such as ‘like’, ‘um’, ‘so’ or ‘and’

3. Avoid ‘upspeaking’ or a rising inflection at the end of a sentence

She explained in order to avoid upspeaking, you should first begin with your mindset and what it is that you’re saying.

‘Start with your mindset because your real voice is a megaphone for your inner voice,’ Sally said.

In addition to the three simple tips, Sally said the ‘most important thing’ you can do to sound confident is ‘develop a relationship with your voice’ and learn to control it.

‘Having confidence in the ability to control your voice means you can use it to the best effect,’ she said.

‘People often think about how the world sees them, but forget how the world hears them. Your voice matters,’ she said.

Other tips to improve speech and sound confident

Tell yourself you have something valuable to say

Breathe low and deep – away from your shoulders

Open your jaw and let the sound out

‘If people know how to control their voice, they’re able to make such a better impact and feel more confident to speak’.

Sally explained her main goal is to educate as many people as possible to speak with confidence, clarity and charisma.

Sally said she has a range of clients including journalists, business owners, corporates and anyone who hasn’t sworn themselves to a lifetime vow of silence.


‘People often think about how the world sees them, but forget how the world hears them. Your voice matters,’ Sally said

Sally offers a range of various individual and group training for anyone wanting to improve their voice or speech.

Starting on Monday May 25 Sally is also hosting her Six Week Voice Makeover course for anyone wanting to improve their voice.

Those interested can sign up on Sally’s website at sallyprosser.com

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