We all have one – a voice that has resonance and depth. It sounds more mature but not old. It is ageless. In fact, it will continue to improve as you age. Unfortunately, 99% of the population is unaware that they have a better voice inside; and, that same percentage is unaware that their ‘real’ voice will be a vast improvement over their habitual one.
Actors and a handful of politicians have learned good voice training techniques but it is not a prerequisite for Hollywood or Washington, DC. Before the advent of the microphone, however, those addressing an audience had to be able to project their voice (without yelling or shouting) to be able to be heard in theaters, auditoriums, or even the steps of City Hall. And, that is only possible if you are using your ‘real’ voice.
If you would like to discover the marvelous voice inside of you just waiting to come out, you will need to do 2 things:
1. Learn to breathe with the support of your diaphragm.
Presently you are probably breathing using the upper portion of your chest. This is known as shallow or lazy breathing. In order for your voice to resonate in your chest, however, like that of Kathleen Turner, George Clooney, Sean Connery, or Cher, you will need your chest cavity to power your sound. Lazy or shallow breathing makes that impossible. Diaphragmatic breathing, on the other hand, allows for your entire mid-torso region to become your primary sounding board, thereby alleviating much of the ‘wear and tear’ on your throat and vocal folds.
2. Find the optimum pitch of your voice.
Pitch refers to the highness or lowness of sound, not the volume, which deals with loudness and softness. Most people will find that their optimum pitch is lower than their ‘habitual’ pitch; thus, your voice will be deeper than it is currently, no matter how you hear it on your voicemail or in your head. In addition, it will have a warm, rich, resonant quality, again, only possible if you are breathing with the support of your diaphragm.
One of the tremendous benefits of this approach to voice training is that whatever problems you may have been experiencing in the past; i.e. gravel, hoarseness, weak, breathy, loud, soft, fast or slow, they will automatically be resolved once you make the change.
You have a better inside. All it takes is the desire to break you old breathing and vocal habits and instill the correct ones.
The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. Visit Voice Dynamic and discover the best means of sounding more mature.