Aug 02 2011
Everyone has a gift to bring to the world. We are all unique with unique talents and perspectives. We are part of the whole, and as such, we are all important. This is what I believe, and it influences my work with voices. I am not interested in helping people develop a sound that is a cookie cutter of someone else, even if that someone else is a magnificent orator or singer. I look for individual strengths and character, and encourage my clients to create a voice that is authentically theirs so that they can bring their gifts to the world. However, voices are created, so if you can create any voice you want, how do you create…or rather reveal one that is authentically yours?
Authenticity in intention:
Intention is an aim that guides action. There are many possible intentions for getting up in front of an audience or for having a conversation. However, being genuine means that your intention is clear and you are aware of it, expressing your message in complete alignment with that intention. Getting clear about intention is an exercise in and of itself, but one well worth taking on.
Connection to your content:
You have to be aware of what you are saying or singing. What are you talking about? What is the story? How do you feel about it? Pay attention to expressive words and phrases. One way to do this is to use emotional recall to connect with your feelings. This connection is not acting. It is a connection to your own memories and very real feelings that may be in the past, but are nonetheless a part of you. You can call on them to express genuine feelings today.
Speech level speaking and singing.
Last time, I wrote about singing like you speak and speaking like you sing. Unless you have a completely affected speaking or singing voice, this approach will help you develop a genuine delivery that is comfortable. As for affectations, it is even possible to be genuine with an affectation if you are in alignment with your intention. People who imitate others well usually do so with the intention to entertain or have fun.
You don’t need to be someone else in order to be you. The world needs what you have to offer and will hear it best if you say it in your own very special, unique voice.
Denise Graveline has a related post called “Finding Your Voice as a Speaker.”
Erin Reel is a guest on Rachelle Gardner’s blog and addresses the topic from a writer’s perspective, “Finding Your Authentic Voice.”
And from Decker, Faith in Your Voice.
And here’s an interesting pole on authenticity. Where do you stand?