Friday, 19 February 2016

What does your voice say about you?

As vocal coaches, Danny and I consistently hear from so many people of how they dislike the sound of their own voice.  Ask yourself the question, "What am I doing about it?" Do I just accept that this is my sound and do nothing about it?

While doing my study and research this week, I found an article by the world renowned *Renee Grant-Williams, who Danny and I had the opportunity to see in Melbourne last year,  which has prompted this week's blog.

The way we speak and deliver lines of communication, like our personal  image, is one of the very first impressions we leave with people. Not happy with your look? You change your look.  

What if we consider our voice as our very own trademark to separate us from everyone else, to get that job we really want, or make that presentation or  to get that promotion we are after?  

Why not work on your voice to achieve an improved vocal identity?

Here are a few simple ways to improve the quality of the way we sound, and how we execute them.

1/  Breath control -

When we speak, we very rarely think about breathing, let alone controlling it This causes our breaths to be shallow and therefore our sound to be quite breathy and weak.  Engaging the diaphragm will provide the control and support needed to give fuel to the vocal cords to make your vocal footprint. 

"If you breath shallow, you sound shallow", says* Renee.

2/ Tonal control -

 "I sound like a whiny cat when I sing", is something Danny and I hear a lot. What people are actually referring too is the "tone" of the voice. When we speak don't think of getting the richest, most beautiful tone we can, therefore it can sound thin and white.

3/ Pitch - 

Rise and fall in our conversation makes us more interesting to listen too, and makes "what" we say more convincing.

4/ Be present - 

We have all had the phone calls with someone where the "vocal drone" on the other end  becomes hypnotic  and we just "ah huh, yes, Ok etc" every now and then during the conversation. Meanwhile we are thinking about  other things. Being present in mind and thinking, while communicating with people can keep them engaged or make them feel like they are being ignored and not important to us.

5/ Passion - 

Do you think about what you say before you say it? "Believing" the things you say and feeling passionate about it, changes the way you sound and the delivery of your information.

Give Danny and Kylie a call to discuss further how we can help you improve your voice. 

Check out Renee's article for tips that she suggests.