When it comes to image, everyone is concerned about how they look, how they project themselves, what they say and what they wear. Yet few are aware that the sound of their speaking voice accounts for a large part of that image. So, my question to you is, do you like hearing your voice on your voicemail or your answering machine? Most people do not.
My second question is, if you knew you had a great speaking voice inside, would you be interested in discovering it? You probably are unaware that you possess a better sound. It is what I refer to as your ‘real’ voice. Many in Hollywood work with voice coaches in order to find their special sound. And what they discover is something magical, almost mysterious because it is a sound that is richer, fuller, deeper in pitch and makes a statement about them.
Imagine walking into a room and capturing the attention of the group just by the sound of your speaking voice. Imagine standing at the lectern and captivating your audience just by the sound of your speaking voice. Imagine speaking to someone in a club and that person looks at you with obvious interest because of how warm and inviting your voice is.
Think this isn’t possible? Think again. Those who have voices that draw your attention are people like Peter Coyote, Cher, Sean Connery, George Clooney, Diane Sawyer, and James Earl Jones. Not to be missed in this list is the late Barry White – a voice that was sensuous and warm whether he was singing to you or speaking.
We all have a better inside but in order to discover it, you will need to use your chest to power your sound because those deep resonant voices you find attractive are the result of chest vibration. Right now, I can tell you whether you are using your chest sound or not just by asking you a question. When you take a deep breath, do you suck in your gut, throw out your chest and lift up your shoulders. If you answered yes, then your ‘habitual’ voice is not going to typify those who speak in such glorious tones.
What do you need to do to find your ‘real’ voice? Find the optimum pitch or your speaking voice and allow your chest to do the rest of the work. This doesn’t mean that your voice box and pharynx won’t be part of the process…it just means that they won’t be working quite as hard which will lessen the wear and tear on those delicate organs. In addition, the resulting sound will be much more pleasant for your listeners.
Imagine sounding even better than you look just by discovering your ‘real’ voice. Imagine being able to increase your volume without shouting. Imagine being able to control those nervous jitters when you stand at the lectern, interview for a job, or are approaching that someone special in a club. In truth, your ‘real’ voice is just a breath away!
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 to sounding more mature.