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Do you ever feel like you are not being listened to? Many people struggle to create powerful communication. By learning to read your own voice you can make some changes that will improve your communication skills, so you can communicate more powerfully in any environment. You cause your voice so people want to listen
Last Sunday, I was invited to teach a workshop for a group of politicians about to go into the campaign.
In my preparation for it, I obviously focused my attention on the spoken voice instead of the singing voice.
My main interest is always the singing voice and its true expression capacity; however, learning how to use your speaking voice can help you get what you want and sing better and more expressively by giving clarity to your message.
How we speak is a big part of our body language, so paying attention to it is worth it if you wish your communication skills were better.
One of the exercises we practiced in the workshop was, of course, observing how our posture changes our voice.
When the participants had a rigid posture, their voices became more rigid. When they were leaning back (weight focused on the heels), their breathing capacity became more shallow, and so their voice.
When you have a stance in which your muscles have to overwork, you will see your breathing restricted.
Your breathing is directly linked to your voice. The way you breathe determines the way you speak or sing. If your breathing is restricted, you will find yourself breathing more frequently and shallow during your speech, which creates a more tense voice and makes you sound rushed and anxious.
The sound of your voice will also be weaker, which means that people will have to do an extra effort to listen to you.
If you want to be heard and understood easily, make sure you make it easier for them.
This is also linked to posture. In one of the exercises we experimented with speaking while adopting an “open” posture, and then a “closed” posture. The differences in the tone of the voice were strong. With closed postures, people automatically sounded less confident and that was rapidly perceived by all the listeners.
This one is perceived somewhat unconsciously. We tend to choose politicians that have a low pitch voice rather than a high pitch. Lower voices tend to be perceived with more authority, while higher voices tend to be perceived as a bit more submissive. The same is true with the level of “breathiness” in your voice. Breathy voices are perceived as weak, so it is something to have in mind if you want to be taken more seriously. Also, having a breathy voice regularly leads to voice damage so it is something you want to avoid unless you are doing it for a specific purpose.
This has to do with how your pitch changes and moves when you are speaking. What we call “monotone” voices are really hard to listen to because it is easier to get distracted. If you want people to pay attention to what you are saying you want to let your voice move freely and expressively through your range. Voices that have a more dynamic pitch change are also perceived as more friendly and trustworthy, something to consider if you want to sound more inviting.
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