But a man cannot just gesture with an iron fist alone and expect to keep the audience’s attention for very long. After all, he is a Sith Lord set to take over the galaxy…not a Mime Lord. Yes, he can place you in a choke hold without even touching you, but that’s not the point.
In my previous article, we looked at 3 steps you can take to transform your presence into that of a commanding Sith Lord. This time, let’s take a look at what we can learn from just listening to Vader. It’s not so much his word choices that make the difference; it’s how he says them. Now, I seriously doubt, even with all the practicing in the world that many of us will ever be able to deliver a line like James Earl Jones, but we can certainly try.
Here are just 3 steps you can take to transform your vocal delivery from that of a puny human to that of an impressive dark lord.
1. Pitch/Tone – Before Vader was the Vader we all fear and love, he was Anakin Skywalker. I think everyone will agree that Vader has a slight edge [insert sarcasm here] over Anakin when it comes to having a voice that will make you pay attention. For example, Vader doesn’t whine…a characteristic that seems to have been genetically passed down from Anakin to Luke Skywalker. Now, I can hear the detractors now. “But, Vader’s tone changed because he was hooked up to an electronic voice box!” Oh, puleeeeeze. Have you ever seen Rick Moranis’s version of Dark Helmet? No amount of electronic devices would help him come even close to the same powerful projection and pitch as Vader. Nope. Vader’s vocal power comes from his ability to control his pitch and tone to deliver just the right message as he sees fit.
These are just 3 more tools you can begin practicing now in order to improve your vocal nonverbal communication skills. Take your time to master these tools and practice with them over time. After all, we cannot take over the galaxy in just a day.