In Love With Your Voice
Sometimes, I have students telling me that they hate their voices. Since there is no way to change your voice, why not accept it, condition it and learn to fall in love with it?
What Makes Our Voice Unique?
Researches pointed out that our vocal quality is like our fingerprints. No one is the same.
There several explanations of why everyone’s vocal is unique:
- The shape and size of the vocal folds;
- Individual’s body size;
- The size of the vocal tract;
- The stamina of an individual
Secrets to Developing A Unique Vocal Quality
Secret #1: Posture
Posture affects your breathing. If you want to drink water, would you prefer to drink from a straight straw or a bent straw? If you stand straight but not stiff, your lungs and trachea can work together without much congestion. Doing this will give you a well-sustained breath.
Secret #2: Breath Control
Try expanding your rib cage to increase the space in your chest cavity. As your lungs expand, more air is sucked in through your nose or mouth. This means that you can sustain your breath longer without constantly grasping your breath to complete a long statement.
Secret #3: Enunciation
Speech clarity helps you to project a confident voice. Make sure you open your mouth when you articulate and exaggerate your mouth movements. Doing mouth exercises will help to enhance speech clarity. After all, our speech organs, namely, jaw, palettes, teeth, tongue, vulva, and lips, shape our mouth to articulate with vowels and consonants.
Secret #4: Speaking Pitch
Make sure you place your pitch correctly while speaking. Visualize this:
Imagine your body is a 10-story elevator.
Chest Resonance will be on the first floor.
Low Resonance will be 3rd floor.
Mid-Resonance will be 5th floor.
High Resonance will be 8th floor.
Head Resonance will be a penthouse (10th floor and above)
As a speaker, we place our tone from Low resonance to High resonance. As for singers, they will have to utilize all the resonances. We also call these resonances “the registers.”
Secret #5: Speaking Speed
The ideal speaking speed is about 120 words per minute.
That will measure 2 words per seconds.
Try to record your speech and then evaluate your speaking speed. For non-native English speakers, whereby speaking too fast and with a strong native accent is a disadvantage in a presentation, this is an important technique to learn.
Here is a formula for you:
Standby a timer and start reading a paragraph.
You read 1,000 words in five minutes;
You would perform the following calculation:
1000 / 5 = 200
Therefore, you read at a rate of 200 words per minute
Secret #6: Volume
You don’t want to whisper at a presentation. No one is going to hear you. You don’t want to shout either. You want to produce a firm but loud sound. This is where proper voice projection skills come in. Use your diaphragm to speak. The diaphragm will help to push the air out of your mouth to execute a loud sound without straining your vocal cords, like shouting.
Secret #7: Record Yourself
Download a voice recording app on your mobile phone. Present or recite a script. Record it. Play it back and listen. Vary your vocal tone, your speed, and your volume. Gradually you will discover a style that you are comfortable with and suits you.
Secret #8: Diet and Medication
Avoid taking dairy products, honey, and fruits before your presentation, as it will stimulate the secretion of mucus in between your vocal folds. As a result, your vocal folds might not be able to vibrate properly, affecting your voice’s quality.
Some medication such as muscle relaxant helps relax your body muscle and relax the muscles around your vocal cord. This will result in weak vibration, and your voice will sound muffled.
There is nothing as good or bad voice. A good vocal without polishing and conditioning will not sound nice and professional. So, stop hating your voice but start conditioning it, and you will fall in love with it in no time.
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