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.

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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. 


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.”

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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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How to Manage Panic Attacks in Presentations

Managing panic attacks in presentations instead of letting your fear take control over you.

In today’s blog, we will be discovering ways to manage this inner devil.

Amy looked through her notes for the final time before the event started. “It all seems good. I should not fine.”. “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I am Amy from ABC Company. And it is my pleasure to be your host for this afternoon.”… then a long silence….. Amy started to perspire, and her intestine started to twist, and she felt like vomiting.”

Yes, Amy just suffered a panic attack.  

“I thought I am well-prepared. But why am I still having a panic attack”.

Believe most of us who have attempted to speak at events had such an experience. Are we alone? Absolutely not! Even Hollywood and pop celebrities, which perform numerous times, have experienced it.  

Source: Psych Hub Education

What causes this anxiety and panic attack during speeches, and how can we help ourselves eliminate such incidences from happening?

According to an article written by Medical News Today:

“Panic attacks usually occur without a trigger. Anxiety is a response to a perceived stressor or threat. Panic attacks appear suddenly, while anxiety symptoms become gradually more intense over minutes, hours, or days. Panic attacks usually subside after a few minutes, while anxiety symptoms can prevail for long periods.”

For a person with panic disorder, anxiety may trigger a panic attack. Since anxiety can lead to a panic attack, why not we tackle anxiety as a priority.

Panic Attacks — A Vicious Cycle

An anxiety attack can be a vicious cycle if we do not reverse the cycle. Below is a simple illustration of a vicious negative thought process:

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Panic Attack – A Vicious Cycle

Source: The Vicious Circle Thought Form

Under the Principle of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, when a situation triggers a negative thought, it will cause our body to react negatively, both emotionally and physically:

Negative Emotions Reactions

  • Fear, dread, panic
  • Frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness

Negative Physical Reactions

  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle Tension
  • Sweating blushing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or stomach ache
  • Trembling voice

The two reactions will then lead to behavior to act negatively.  

Methods To Eliminate Negative Thoughts

One key method to eliminate fear and negative thoughts is “self-talk.” Practice positive self-talk to nourish our negative brain. The more you feed your brain with “good thoughts,” it will gain health over time. Here is some “self-talk” that you can use, particularly in public speaking:

  • “It is going to be OK. I have rehearsed many times.”
  • “It is alright to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes.”
  • “I will do what I can do best. The rest is secondary.”
  • “I will use this opportunity to gain experience.”
  • “I will do better each time.”
  • “If the boss sees me doing this, he might give me a promotion.” (self-motivation)
  • “I will treat them like kids, no threat at all.”
  • “I’m given this task because the boss knows that I can do it.”
  • “It is OK. The more I practice, the better for me.”
  • “I will stand out among my peers after this presentation.”

In Conclusion

Delivering a presentation doesn’t have to be a scary experience. If you fear public speaking, keep your mindset positive. Acknowledge your fear and manage it. Transform the negative energy into a winning attitude.

In my next blog, I will talk about how we can prepare ourselves to expect the unexpected. Stay tuned!

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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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Have you tried these hacks before?

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