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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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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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.


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Top 5 Presenters’ Hacks – Expect The Unexpected

Presenters’ Hacks Revealed!

Many times, when we look at speakers on the stage, have you ever think in your mind, wow! They are so good.  They are so confident, so well-prepared and so charismatic. What presenters’ hacks do they have?

Today, I am going to share with you:

Top 5 Presenters’ Hacks

1.     Forget What to Say.  Most new trainers experience butterflies in the stomach when they come to their first few presentations.  Because of that, they tend to speed up their presentation so that they can close the file and move away.

Our thoughts run faster than we speak.  As a result, points got missed out.  And when this happens, new presenters will have a gust of panic and lose it all.  So, don’t panic if you missed the point.  Your audience is not going to know at all.

Just maintain your calm and proceed to the next point.  You can always come back to the point later by saying: “Oh yes, there is an important point that I have missed out earlier, let me bring you back to the slides.”

2.     Looking Nervous.  As a seasoned presenter, feeling nervous on each gig is inevitable, especially you are in a new environment with a group audience with unknown demographics.  When this happens, your mind will start to build the worst scenario that you can think of, such as, “oh dear, so many people looking at me, what if I made mistakes…” or “Will they like the stuff that I present, what if they don’t?” etc.  Feeling nervous is normal due to the hormones cortisol and adrenaline.   Next time, if this happens, transform nervous to energy as if you are on a battlefield.

It is either lives or die.  You might as well give a good fight and live.

3.     Speaking Too FastSpeaking too fast and rambling can be a post-effect of nervousness—your speech speed tally with your heartbeat.  When your heart beats fast, your speech will go fast.  And when you start to ramble, you start to confuse the audience.  So, next time, when you are speaking too fast, slow down your breathing.  This will slow down your heartbeat and thus slowing down your speech.

4.     Audience Playing with Mobile Phones.  Presenters have to keep their eyes on their audience constantly.  Observe their body language.  Most of the time, the body movement and hand gestures send you a message.  Playing and meddling with the mobile phone is contagious.

Presenters' Hacks
No Need To Feel Embarrassed About The Unexpected

If you start seeing some audience to that, you need to interject your presentation with some creative games or exercises or get them to talk about their experience.  Audiences are more receptive to stories.  So, start gathering stories that you can use to combat the audience’s boredom. 

5      Unable to Answer Questions.  When being prob questions that you can’t answer, feeling incompetence is the least thing that should happen.  Although you are not able to answer them now, you can always answer them later by saying: “thank you very much for the great questions.  It is definitely a good source for me to research on.  Let me work on the details, and I will get back to you ____ (give a time frame that you are comfortable with)

In Conclusion

If you are well-prepared for your event, anticipate and visualize the unexpected, you will be able to go through the ordeal.

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