Achieve Excellent Presentations with Great Voice Resonance

In my earlier blog, I talk about the differences between vocal training for speech and for singing. Let’s dive in a little further to talk about how to improve your presentation with voice resonance.

What is Voice Resonance?

“Resonant voice is described as a pattern of voice use with oral vibratory sensations during easy voicing.”

Source: Verdolini K, Druker DG, Palmer PM, Samawi H. Laryngeal Adduction in Resonant Voice. Journal of Voice 1998, 12(3): 315-327.

Vocal resonance occurs when two vocal folds oscillate (or vibrate). The buzzing sound will travel from your vocal cords either down to the chest or out to your mouth, or up to your head.

Achieve Excellent Presentations With Voice Resonance
Achieve Excellent Presentations with Voice Resonance

Various Parts of Vocal Resonance

There are 6 resonance altogether that will help you be more expressive when presenting:

Resonance TypeDescription and Behavior
LarynxWhen the vocal cords vibrate, the air passes over the folds and travels through the larynx, causing a wave response chain.

It travels to other parts of the resonating points, changing the sound’s intensity depending on the diaphragm, throat, and mouth muscles.

It is important to keep your larynx relaxed so that the air can travel without straining it.
PharynxThe next resonating point after the Larynx is the Pharynx.

It is located between the nasal cavity and the Larynx. It forms a little passageway for the air to pass through.

By lifting the soft palate in the mouth, it will heighten the resonance.

Hence, raising your soft palate when speaking or singing is crucial to avoid the nasal sound.
MouthAs the air pass through the Larynx and Pharynx, it will execute out from the mouth and produce a sound.

The speech organs, namely lips, jaws, tongue, teeth, soft and hard palettes, and uvula, will form sounds of vowels and consonants.

Thus, to articulate clearly, speakers and singers have to focus on shaping the speech organs to enhance enunciation.
Nasal
Cavity
In English Pronunciation, there will be a need to allow the air to pass through your nose via the Nasal Cavity.

Such as the consonant sounds “n,” “ng,” and the “m” in English Pronunciation.

Speakers and singers will only use this resonance when they have to executive the above-mentioned consonant sounds.
Upper SkullThe Upper Skull resonance is also commonly known as “head voice.”

The chain wave travels up to the top of your head to produce a high pitch.

This resonance is commonly used by opera singers, where they need to sing their repertoire with the highest pitch they can find.

However, in speech, we will hardly use it, other than when you tell a story to engage the younger kids where you need to raise your voice to the top

For female speakers, you must avoid engaging the upper skills for a long period as it can be perceived as noise and can have an irritating effect on your audience.
ChestThe chest voice is the lowest resonance among all. It gives the speaker a rich and low tonality.

Some females have low chest resonance. However, as a speaker, low resonance can be perceived as low energy or being lethargic.

In Conclusion

Voice resonators form the uniqueness of each individuals’ voice quality. No two persons’ vocal is the same.

Sometimes, speakers might need to wake up the resonators before utilizing them.

In my next blogs, I will teach you how to wake up your voice resonance before a presentation.


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Amazing Voice In 3 Steps

Acing Your Next Gig with an Amazing Voice

In this blog, we will talk about how you can condition your voice for your next BIG EVENT!

If you have an upcoming presentation or performing (singing) gig and wish to deliver it with an amazing voice, please continue reading.

Amazing Voice In 3 Steps (Photo Source: By Fransa From Pexels)
Amazing Voice In 3 Steps (Photo Source: By Frans A From Pexels)

Conditioning Your Voice

You will need to start conditioning and training your voice two months before the gig for any voice-engaging gigs. As you might have known, voice stamina involves using our Vocal Folds, Vocal Muscles, Lungs, and Diaphragm.  

STEP 1: CONDITIONING YOUR VOCAL FOLDS OR VOCAL CORDS

Vocal Cords – Source: Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School)
Vocal Cords – Source: Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School)

The vocal cords are like a rubber band. You can condition it to produce a high pitch or low pitch. You have to prepare it gradually, or else it will be like a rubber band, being suddenly stretched and snap.

Here is an exercise that helps you to condition your vocal cords:

Using the “oo” sound.

Slide the sound from the bottom of your chest voice up to the head voice.  Here we go:

Inhale, execute the breath with an “oo” sound from the chest (low resonance) to head (high resonance)

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Next,

Inhale again, execute the breath with an “oo” sound from the head (high resonance) back to the chest (low resonance)

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Next,

Inhale, execute with one breath with “oo” sound from the chest (low resonance) to head (high resonance) and then from head (high resonance) back to the chest (low resonance)

Make a loop.

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Well done!

STEP 2: EXPANDING THE LUNGS

(note: inhale means breathe in through your nose and exhale means breathe out through your mouth)

Undoubtedly, the lungs are the only respiratory organ we have; it doesn’t help us produce a good grounded sound.  But we can expand our lung capacity to “store” more air so that we can sustain our breath longer with the help of our diaphragm.  Sustaining breath is crucial in both speaking and singing.  Are you ready? Here we go:

Inhale (count to 5 seconds), exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds and then relax.

Repeat 4 times

Excellent!

Here comes our last exercise.

STEP 3: STRENGTHENING THE DIAPHRAGM

What is the Diaphragm?
(Source: Columbia University Department of Surgery)

As the diaphragm is a unique respiration muscle, you need to train this muscle to work for you to achieve an amazing voice with excellent breath control.

Below are some exercises that you can do to engage and strengthen your diaphragm muscles. If you are new to voice training, I would advise that you do these exercises lying down.

Making short and fast “oo” sound

Panting (yes, like a dog)

Good job!

In Conclusion

It is essential to spend some time every day doing the above exercises.

You may do it any time of the day, and I can guarantee, if you are doing it correctly, you will develop an amazing voice for your upcoming gig!

In my coming blogs, I will cover more voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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Voice Training For A Great Voice

Training Your Voice for Speaking

As we have covered in my earlier blog, our vocal folds play a role, especially for speakers and singers. Please don’t get me wrong; everyone needs a voice to speak. But with proper voice training, your voice can help you drive extra miles.

Whether you are a speaker or singer, part-time or full-time, you need to condition your voice to produce a grounded sound that will travel directly to your audience’s ear.

Always be reminded that a well-controlled sound is a good sound. Larynx plays an important role in facilitating this sound.

When we execute a sound, it collaborates with our speech organs, namely, vocal folds, trachea, pharynx, soft and hard palettes, tongue, jaw and teeth, lips, and uvula, to form articulation.

Voice Training and Sound Wave

“There are several sources of sound in speaking. The energy usually comes from air expelled from the lungs. At the larynx, this flow passes between the vocal folds.”

“In voiced speech, the vocal folds vibrate. This allows puffs of air to pass, which produces sound waves.”

Source: Voice Acoustics: An Introduction

The sound wave has to travel straight or else, it will become unbearable noise.

Suppose you could recall at Karaoke Rooms. Many karaoke-goers are not trained in using their voice properly; thus, the sound wave doesn’t travel straight. Instead, it is being dispersed all over the place and becomes noise.

This noise is then amplified, with the help of a microphone and results in more noise.

Voice Training For A Great Voice
Voice Training For A Great Voice

You don’t have to shout to produce a loud sound. You just need to project it properly. Voice training can help you condition your voice and make it sound unique.

Vocal Training does the job of training your voice to the ground, and together with the building of the diaphragm muscle, the sound wave will then move smoothly and directly to your audience’s ears.

Voice In Communication Skills

Based on Professor Albert Mehrabian’s “7%-38%-55% Rule”, our voice takes up 38 per cent of the total Communication Model. Therefore, training up your voice to speak will better connect with your audience. After all, our objective speaking is to pass messages. If your listeners are unable to connect with you, then what is the point of speaking.

In Conclusion

Many speakers and singers are not aware that voice stamina can be trained. 

“The quality of the voice is dependent on many factors; however, barring a physical vocal disability, everyone can learn to sing well enough to sing basic songs.”

Source: Probing Question: Can anyone be taught how to sing?:

Of course, you need to find a vocal coach who understands voice anatomy and constantly utilizes their voice for their profession. Focus on application-based learning rather than theoretical-based. After all, what you want to achieve is the instant application of the skills.

In my later blogs, I will cover more on the various voice techniques vastly used in speaking and singing.


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