In Toastmasters, we learn about vocal variety.
We learn about pace, rate, volume and tone.
But is that enough?
If your voice is shrill, nasal or timid, even those techniques won’t make your audience want to listen to you for very long.
See what Nancy Daniels, voice coach, has to say about your voice in The Voice Dynamic Newsletter from www.voicedynamic.com
“Your first thought might be that you didn’t know your speaking voice was lost.
No, your speaking voice is not lost; however, your ‘real’ one has yet to be found if you are like 99% of the population.
Whether you refer to it as your true voice or your real one, you do have a richer, warmer, more mature-sounding voice inside of you that is just waiting to be discovered.
When I was in graduate school many years ago, my singing professor showed me where my ‘real’ speaking voice and I was amazed at the difference in quality between my habitual voice and the new sound I heard. (Please understand I am not talking about my singing voice.)
At that time, I was waiting on tables at an exquisite French restaurant outside of Baltimore and when I heard my real voice, I knew it would make a difference in how I described the food and the specialty items I would push. The result was higher tips.
No longer possessing the voice of a teenager, I sounded confident and mature.
With my new-found discovery, I soon moved to New York City and managed to get the jobs I wanted and even a couple for which I hadn’t applied because of my vocal image.
The business world today is incredibly competitive. Have you ever considered that your speaking voice could be holding you back?
It you are working towards a promotion or even looking for employment, having a voice which displays negative characteristics may not be helping to further your career.
Let me ask you. When you hear yourself on your voicemail, answering machine, or some other form of recording equipment, how mature, how confident, do you sound?
If you are over 21 and sound like a teenager, or if your voice vibrates with excessive nasality, or if you are soft-spoken and are constantly being asked to repeat yourself, what image do you think you are projecting?
Perhaps you mumble or your voice drops off by the 2nd half of your sentences. Poor vocal habits reflect poorly on you.
If you are serious about the image you are projecting, then you might consider that your voice accounts for 37% of that image.
And, over the telephone where there is no visual, that percentage rises dramatically.
How many times have you spoken to someone on the phone, later met that individual, and were surprised by what you saw?
There are many benefits to discovering your real voice but one of the best is that you will actually like hearing yourself on your answering machine.
You’ve got a better voice inside of you. Maybe it’s time you found it.”
Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations