I hear it all the time – people contacting me because they have a sore throat by the end of the day or are living with chronic hoarseness. There are even some who lose their voice by the end of the day.
If you are experiencing any of the above problems, you are going to have to do something about it because whatever has caused the problem will only continue unless you change how you produce your sound.
Of course, your response may be that you talk like you’ve always talked and that it is not possible to change what you are doing. Actually, that is incorrect.
You need to lessen the strain on your throat and vocal folds (cords) in order to solve the problem. And, the only way that is going to happen is to learn to use your chest cavity to power your voice. 99% of the population is unaware of this technique. Some actors are doing it correctly, like James Earl Jones, Kate Beckinsale, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Julia Ormond, and Kathleen Turner. And, some actors are not, like Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.
What distinguishes the actors who are doing it the right way is a voice that has warmth. Each of the 6 actors above has a great speaking voice. The other 2 do not.
When you learn to use your chest cavity as your primary sounding board, you will not only discover a better-sounding voice but you will also immediately lessen the discomfort on your throat and voice box. In addition, you will be able to increase your volume without shouting. This is called projection. Projection is only possible, however, if you are using your chest to power and amplify your voice.
If you already have nodes or nodules on your vocal folds, you have serious damage. And, unless you are in a situation in which you can stop talking for several months, this type of damage is not going away on its own. Even if you were able to stop talking for that length of time, the problem would return if you were to resort to the same manner of producing your sound as you did in the past.
Supporting your voice by means of your chest resonating cavity is the only answer if you are serious about ending your discomfort. The last thing you want to do is to incur permanent damage to your vocal folds. They are very delicate organs, like puffs of tissue, and need to be treated well.
Get off your throat, let your chest power your voice, and your vocal abuse will go way. It is as simple as that.
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 Nancy's Voice Training site at Voice Dynamic and discover The Power of Your Voice or watch as she describes in more detail The Truth About Vocal Abuse.