We all know that first impressions can make a lasting impact and hence most of us pay attention to our attire and overall appearance—but what about the most important tool we use to communicate, i.e. our voice?
The ancient Greeks and Romans taught us that elocution can be a key element in getting your point across and making the right kind of impression on others.
Traits such as confidence, professionalism and maturity are not only important in business environments, they can come in handy in every day life, too. A Better Speaker is an app that sets out to help you prove your elocution skills and make the kind of impression you are looking to make. Find out more after the jump.
As always, we inspected the permissions before installing the app and are pleased to report that they strike us as being kosher.
A Better Speaker is an application for people who are looking to improve their speech and delivery skills. Jonathan Tilley, a professional speaker and voice actor who has voice-acted in commercials for Google, Sprite and many other companies, guides users through the different exercises. Tilley is highly qualified and hence the exercises feel authentic as well as personable. It kind of feels like you've got a personal voice coach at your disposal, which is pretty neat.
The app's basic package contains 10 exercises and is a good foundation course in voice training. Though they are relatively brief the lessons are in-depth and concise. Every lesson comes with visual aids that help you get the exercise correct.
The lessons are all set up in a similar way. You will see a written text for which there is also an audio and some images.
It wasn't possible for me to test this application over a longer period of time but I got an overall very positive impression. I won't go into too much detail regarding the exercises but let me just give you an example: the helicopter, an exercise that's popular with singers and other vocalists as it loosens up the lips and mouth (it consists in pressing the lips together and then blowing air through them).
A Better Speaker is a good option for professionals looking to improve their elocution skills, but it also makes perfect sense for users who want to take voice lessons (to lose a regional accent, for instance). This is a good way to prepare for interviews, presentations or any other occasion that calls for public speaking.
The app itself is not the main focus, but rather the content it provides users with. And the content is great, which is why we feel the app is well worth it's price.
Screen & Controls
A Better Speaker is set up in a very user friendly way. The main focus is clearly on the quality of the speech lessons and everything, including controls, is geared towards facilitating this.
Skipping ahead or revisiting certain passages is made possible thanks to the player mode and there is an option to enlarge images.
The basic A Better Speaker package costs EUR 2.99. Each additional package can then be downloaded for EUR 1.59. If you want to get all of the packages in one go they will set you back EUR 6.99. This may sound like a lot but keep in mind that you are purchasing professional speech exercises and the app is therefor, to my mind, well worth its price tag.