Get Your Voice Out of Your Throat and Let Your Chest Do Your Talking
Through the years, I have been amazed at how many people are totally unaware that they have a richer, warmer, resonant, and even sexier speaking voice inside. Most people believe that the voice they are using out of habit is something they cannot change. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Unless you are already powering your voice from your chest cavity, you do have a better voice inside. There are some changes on the ‘before’ and ‘after’ video clips of my clients that are so dramatic you might think it was two different people speaking. The fact that it is on video however is the proof that indeed they are one and the same.
So how do get rid of your habitual voice and discover your ‘real’ one?
1. Learn to breathe diaphragmatically so that you can use your chest to do your talking thereby eliminating the wear and tear on your vocal folds (cords). If you suffer any form of vocal abuse, it will not go away on its own until you change this placement of your voice. Constant abuse will only get worse over time. Power your voice from your chest and you will be amazed at the difference in the immediate elimination of the soreness or pain you often feel after speaking in a loud volume of sound or just speaking for great lengths of time.
2. Discover the optimum pitch of your speaking voice. Individual to you, your optimum pitch will probably be lower than your habitual pitch which will make your voice sound more mature – not too old, not too young – ageless. In addition, you will find your voice continually improving with age.
Then, take the above 2 techniques and make them a habit so you don’t have to think about it anymore. You will sound better; you will probably look better; and, you most definitely feel better about yourself.
You cannot imagine the amazing changes that will occur in your life, both professionally and personally, just by allowing your chest to do your talking. It’s a marvelous feeling, the best means of controlling nervousness in any form of public speaking, and you will finally enjoy hearing yourself on your voicemail!