Apr 14 2015

Vocal Impact Tip: How to get over the sound of your voice

Published by under Vocal Image

Is that my voice?

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-screaming-image5638641The best way to know what your voice sounds like to others is to record it and listen to it. Right? Wrong! In fact you will probably never hear your voice as others hear it. That’s right, the voice you have perfected to be so incredibly sexy and powerful is NOT what others hear.  Why not, you say? Because you have created it in a vacuum.  Yes, the voice you hear in your head is produced in an acoustic environment that is yours alone, not to be duplicated.

Most people (me, too) are disturbed to hear their voice on a recording. It sounds so different from the voice in their head! However, you can’t change something you can’t hear, so I still recommend that you listen to your voice on a recording if you want to develop greater vocal impact. Here’s how to get over the sound you hear and use that recording to move forward:

1. Get your device set to record.

2. Record yourself speaking for 3 minutes about anything you like to talk about.

3. Fix yourself a stiff drink or a cup of tea. (no drinking BEFORE recording!)

4. Listen to the recording.  Wince. Take a sip of your drink.

5. Listen again.  Wince again. Take another sip.

6. Accept that you DO sound like your mother and move on.

7. Repeat the process a hundred times OR until you get used to how different you sound from what you expect. (I’m ok, you’re ok.)

Once you’ve gotten over the shock and the loathing of the sound, you will be objective enough to analyze it for characteristics of speech such as up-speak, inflection and volume to better understand what your voice is saying about you behind your back.

For more on vocal image, please see my post 5 Ways to Polish Your Vocal Image

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P.S. Happy World Voice Day 2015 on April 16!

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Mar 23 2015

Vocal Impact Tip: 3 Steps and a million reasons to share stories

Published by under Content,Public Speaking

But how do you find a story that inspires?http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-story-success-image28918268

Last week, StoryCorps was awarded the $1M TED prize.  The prize didn’t go to a technologist or an architect or a scientist. It went to a company that exists simply to instruct and encourage people to tell and record their stories. They do this to show that we are all connected. In another big nod to storytelling, SAG-AFTRA joined President Obama’s 1M hour mentoring challenge, pledging to teach storytelling to people all over the nation.   Why? Because stories connect us in ways that data never can.

Stories are conduits between people. You tell me your story and it reminds me of my own. But we also know, that doesn’t mean your story will motivate, challenge or inspire me. In order for your story to do that, you have to know WHAT motivates, challenges and inspires me. It’s not just any story that does the trick.

How do you find the right story to tell at the right time? You have to be a good story listener. Here’s how to cultivate that skill:

  1. Listen to your audience/employees/fans and discover what stories they tell. Capture their stories. Pick them apart, and use those or similar stories when you want to connect with that audience.
  2. Spend time getting clear on your intention for the stories you tell. What do you hope to accomplish? What do you want others to do as a result of hearing your stories? Make sure that your intention is in alignment with your audience.
  3. Practice. Need I say more?

For more on this topic, please read The Storyteller’s Voice is Everyone’s Business.

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