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.
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.
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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