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.


I hope you enjoy reading this article and if you have any feedback or suggestions, we welcome your writing in.

Remember to also subscribe to our FREE Voice and Presentation Tips by completing the form here.

If you do like my posts, please feel free to share them!

Are you ready to train up your voice for your next speaking engagement?


The Voice Room specialized in providing a practical approach to Voice, Presentation and Communication Skills Coaching. We help you develop your leadership voice, present and communicate with confidence as you grow in your career​.

Feel free to Contact Us to know more.

Top 10 Voice Skills Questions and Answers You MUST Know (Part 2)

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

1.      How long will it take to learn how to sing?

Well, that depends on how much time you spent time practicing the voice skills.  Our vocal folds have to be conditioned to enable them to stretch through our vocal registers.  Our lung capacity needs to be enhanced to store more air in our chest cavity, and our diaphragm is a muscle that needs to be strengthened to work at its best condition.  These are only the fundamentals skills in singing.  Not forgetting that we also need to study the lyrics, put in our emotions, and other singing techniques.  So, practice hard and you will able to sing well.

2.      How do I make my low notes stronger?

Try humming to your lowest chest possible.  Keep the airflow constant, controlled, and relax.

3.        How practical is voice skills training for improving one’s singing?

Many students are not sure how to project their voice correctly for singing or presenting (public speaking).  An experienced coach will be able to “listen” to your voice from inside out and make adjustments if the projection is wrong.  Most of the time, students will not be able to identify whether they project their voice correctly.  Hence, it is crucial to find an experienced coach who can go in-depth to hear the tone placement and provide prudent advice on how to do it correctly.

4.        What qualities of one’s singing voice are most likely to be improved? Will improving voice skills help?

The quality of your voice cannot be altered unless you want to go under the knife, such as reconstruction surgery.  You can use correct voice projection and singing skills to create unique styles with your voice.  Many singers and speakers have their unique styles and have created a persona for them.

5.        Singing well has always been my dream, but my voice falls very short. What is a way I can substantially improve my vocal capacities?

Find your style.  If your vocal range is limited, choose songs that are composed with a short register.   As you practice your voice skills, your vocal range will be broadened gradually.  As the vocal folds are elastic, and it will be conditioned to perform,  apply singing techniques to bring out the inner emotions and create visuals that your audience can resonate with.

6. How can I learn to sing better?

You may learn to sing better by engaging an experienced voice coach. Although numerous articles and resources that you could download from the internet, such as YouTube tutorials, it is never the same compared to having a coach standing beside you, listening and guiding you through the correct steps in voice projection. I have a student who spent hundreds of dollars buying online learning materials on voice projection skills, but soon he realized that he learned nothing from them. 

He spent 2 hours with me, and he understood and learned the new voice skills almost instantly.

7. Is it possible to train your voice to sing like professional singers?

Every individual is different.  Of course, you can train your voice to sing like professional singers, however, the construction of our voice anatomy varies.  Adult men and women typically have different sizes of the vocal fold; reflecting the male-female differences in larynx size. The vocal folds have a three-layer construction of an epithelium, vocal ligament, then muscle (vocals muscle), which can shorten and bulge the folds. (Source: Wikipedia). Hence, you can sing like professional singers, with your own personality and persona.

In Conclusion

Working on developing your voice stamina and quality can sometimes be frustrating. Especially when too many questions are running through your mind and trying hard to find the right answers.

Online tutorials and books can offer some help. However, there are other areas when face-to-face training can be a more effective approach.

If you have any questions that you are not finding any answers to, feel free to drop me a note and I will do my best to answer them.

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


I hope you enjoy reading this article and if you have any feedback or suggestions, we welcome your writing in.

If you do like my posts, please feel free to share them!

Remember to also subscribe to our FREE Voice and Presentation Tips by completing the form here.

Do you have any questions on voice skills that you are not getting any answers?


The Voice Room specialized in providing a practical approach to Voice, Presentation, and Communication Skills Coaching. We help you develop your leadership voice, present, and communicate with confidence as you grow in your career​.

Feel free to Contact Us to know more.

Top 10 Voice Skills Questions and Answers You MUST Know (Part 1)

Voice Skills Q&a (Part 1)
Anything you want to know on Voice Skills.

Voice Skills #1: Is it possible to increase my vocal range?

Yes. Our vocal folds are like an elastic band. They are stretchable. Vocal Pitch is determined by the tightness and size of your vocal folds.

During oscillation, the tighter the vocal folds, the higher the vocal pitch. Hence, by doing Vocal Siren Exercises, you will be able to increase your range over time

Voice Skills #2: What if I’m tone-deaf? Can I learn to sing?

Although it can be challenging for a person with tone-deaf to achieve a perfect pitch, it is not impossible. Do visit my article on “Sing with Tone-Deaf. 100% Yes! This is absolutely possible!” for more insights on how you can train to listen and process a sound before executing it. And before you know it, you will be on your way to delivering a perfect pitch.

Voice Skills #3: Why do I run out of air when I sing?

No doubt, our lungs are the primary organ for respiration; but they perform little help in voice projection.

Many singers and speakers use their lungs to speak, especially when they need to vocalize and sustain a long sound. The vacuum of air in our chest cavity is insufficient to sustain a long sound without grasping another breath. And every time a singer or a speaker trying to catch another breath, it is audible, especially when they have a microphone with them. To make things worse, voice tension and nervousness can result in a rapid heartbeat and make it even harder to breathe.

Hence, we need to extend the air vacuums from the chest cavity downwards to the diaphragm. Once the chest and the lower abdominal cavity expand, more air will be deposited while releasing it when singing or speaking.

Question #4: How do I get rid of the break or crack in my voice?

The vocal break occurs when we need to sing high notes or speak with a higher resonance. The higher the frequency, the higher the pressure we need, to expel the air out of the vocal folds. If you are able to record the position that the vocal break is likely to occur, try reducing the outbound air pressure. Too much pressure will cause the voice to crack or break.

Voice Skills #5: Can I take my chest voice up into my high range?

We all have six voice resonances: chest, larynx, pharynx, mouth, nasal, and upper skull. These six resonances have their unique characteristics. Of course, you can take chest voice into the high range, but it will sound terrible. Do visit my article on “Achieve Excellent Presentations with Voice Resonance” for more reading.

In Conclusion

Working on developing your voice stamina and quality can sometimes be frustrating. Especially when too many questions are running through your mind and trying hard to find the right answers.

Online tutorials and books can offer some help. However, there are other areas when face-to-face training can be a more effective approach.

If you have any questions that you are not finding any answers to, feel free to drop me a note and I will do my best to answer them.

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


I hope you enjoy reading this article and if you have any feedback or suggestions, we welcome your writing in.

If you do like my posts, please feel free to share them!

Remember to also subscribe to our FREE Voice and Presentation Tips by completing the form here.

Do you have any questions on voice skills that you are not getting any answers?


The Voice Room specialized in providing a practical approach to Voice, Presentation, and Communication Skills Coaching. We help you develop your leadership voice, present, and communicate with confidence as you grow in your career​.

Feel free to Contact Us to know more.

8 Secrets To Developing A Voice You Love

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
Everyone has a unique voice.

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.

Love Your Voice
Ensure Good Posture For A Smooth Vocal Flow

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. 

Hence:

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.”

10 Ways To Love Your Voice
Source: The Voice Room

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

(Source: penandthepad.com)

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.

In Conclusion

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.


I hope you like today’s blog. If you have any feedback or suggestions, we welcome your writing in.

Remember to also subscribe to our FREE Voice and Presentation Tips by completing the form here.

So, which famous singer’s voice do you like most?


The Voice Room specialized in providing a practical approach to Voice, Presentation, and Communication Skills Coaching. We help you develop your leadership voice, present, and communicate with confidence as you grow in your career​.

Feel free to Contact Us to know more.

Sing with Tone-Deaf. 100% Yes! This is absolutely possible!

Learning to Sing with Tone-Deaf

I am Tone-Deaf. Can I still sing?

In my journey as a voice coach, I often came across tone-deaf students. The clinical term for Tone Deaf is Amusia.

Symptoms of receptive Amusia sometimes referred to as “musical deafness” or “tone-deafness,” include the inability to recognize familiar melodies, the loss of ability to read musical notation, and the inability to detect wrong or out-of-tune notes.”  Source: Wikipedia

All the above all sound too technical. Let me simplify it.

For a person to be tone-deaf, there are 2 possibilities:

  • Genetic 
  • Accidental brain damage at birth (might be due to insufficient oxygen going to the brain at birth) 

What does the above tell us?

It tells us that if your case does not belong to the above 2 possibilities, you might just be having an insensitive in musical memory.

This means, unless your tone-deaf is related to the above clinical condition, you can be pitch-perfect too. 

I am going to share with you how you can achieve that.

Case Story

My mum loves to sing. 

But she was tone-deaf. I recalled, when I was younger, she asked me to teach her a song. I tried. 

But I gave up, and I was convinced that she would be tone-deaf forever. So, I stop coaching her altogether.  

A few years later, she enrolled herself in a group singing class and kept singing since. She knew she had a tone-deaf problem, but it is non-clinical.

She was determined to perfect her pitch.

This was what she did

She sang day and night. She sang while she was doing her chores, she sang while she was cooking, she even sang while she is watching TV stations, well, more like humming the tune.

She would sing and record and playback and listen.

She would repeat this like a loop.

And after many years of perseverance (10 years maybe?), she is now 80% pitch-perfect.

Amazing!

For those who are “suffering” from tone-deaf, you might want to do what my mum did.

I Am Tone-Deaf. Can I Still Sing?
I Am Tone-Deaf, Can I Still Sing?

Here is how you should do.

The first thing you should do is sing, record, playback, and listen.

Most of my tone-deaf students are not able to listen to their own pitch while singing.

They are unable to differentiate between a wrong pitch and a correct pitch.

But, they can tell if others are singing out of tune!

Hence, by doing, record, playback, and listen to your own rendition, you will be able to hear the pitch that you execute. 

The second thing you should start doing is, use a keyboard (download a virtual keyboard if you don’t have one).  

Here are the steps to follow:

Start with one note at a time, Record and playback each time.

Step 1: Play a note

Step 2: Let your brain process the note internally.

Step 3: Executive the note

Next, play other notes, and repeat Step 2 and 3

Next, play 2 notes, and repeat Ste 2 and 3

Next, play another 2 notes, try using jumping notes, for example, C and E or E and G, and repeat Step 2 and 3

Try doing this every day – record and playback.

This exercise aims to train your mind to be more sensitive to tones and thus strengthen your musical memory.

In Conclusion

Don’t feel despair when your friends tell you that you sing “out-of-tune. All you need is a good voice coach who will guide you through step-by-step, note-by-note, to achieve the right pitch.

In my coming blogs, I will cover more voice techniques used in speaking and singing.  


I hope you enjoy reading this article and if you have any feedback or suggestions, we welcome your writing in.

If you do like my posts, please feel free to share them!

Remember to also subscribe to our FREE Voice and Presentation Tips by completing the form here.

Are you ready to challenge your friends that you are not tone-deaf?


The Voice Room specialized in providing a practical approach to Voice, Interpersonal and Communication Skills Coaching. We help you develop your leadership voice, present and communicate with confidence as you grow in your career​.

Feel free to Contact Us to know more.