Does this sound familiar? You go to a loud club and your friends tell you that they can’t hear you even though you’ve been talking in a louder voice. Your throat feels raw and sore or perhaps you have lost your voice after an hour or two of straining to be heard.

What you are experiencing is vocal abuse. You’ve been pushing your voice, which is not only straining your vocal cords and throat, but is not being heard in the process. This is tiring, frustrating and can lead to permanent damage.

  • Your friends don’t have this problem so why do you?

Your vocal cords are as individual to you as are your fingerprints. Some people can yell all day; some cannot. In truth, most people are unable to push their voice forcefully from their throat for an extended period of time without noticing some discomfort especially as they age.

If you are experiencing this problem, there is something you can do to not only prevent the abuse but be heard comfortably as well. Learn to power your voice by means of your chest cavity. You have 5 vocal resonators used to produce voiced sound. A resonator is a cavity in your body which vibrates your sound. The 4 cavities which everyone uses without fail include the voice box (larynx), throat (pharynx), mouth and nose. The one resonator which most people are unaware of is the chest cavity which is larger in capacity than the other 4 resonators combined.

When you change your voice placement, in which you allow your chest to become your primary sounding board, the vocal abuse will end immediately and you will be able to increase your volume without shouting. This is called projection and is only possible if you are powering your voice correctly.

You will also discover a difference in the quality of your speaking voice. The pitch will be deeper; and, the sound will be fuller and richer. I call it your ‘real’ voice. Those who speak in this manner sound like George Clooney, James Earl Jones, Kate Beckinsale, Felicia Rashad, Cher, Morgan Freeman, Julia Ormond, Vin Diesel, and Peter Coyote.

Your vocal problem will not go away on its own as long you continue to power your voice in the same manner you have in the past. Train your voice and you will be surprised at how much easier it is to be heard in clubs and in other loud environments. And, you will sound better to boot!

Author's Bio: 

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 on voice improvement. If you would like to see a dramatic ‘before & after’ clip, visit Voice Training Website and check out Craig’s video.