Oct 12 2015

An interview with your voice

Published by under Vocal Health

dreamstime_m_21918617How well do you know your voice? Seems like a funny question, right? Just today, I told someone what I do for a living and they said, “There’s nothing you can do about your voice. It is what it is.” And I responded, “Not true. There’s a lot you can do to create a voice that is attractive and healthy– one that serves you well.” (Thank God, or this blog would be pointless!) Yet, you can’t just change your voice. First you have to know what you have to work with.

Some of us are obsessed with learning about our own voices. Singers and great actors and others who love to preach or entertain are well acquainted with what their voices can and cannot do, and what to do to strengthen and keep them healthy. That might sound narcissistic, and perhaps it is, but it’s also important when you count on your voice to represent and sustain you.  I have found that most people don’t know their voices at all except whether or not they like them– and most people don’t like them!

If you are one of the many who find that your voice is a stranger in spite of the fact that you use it as much as or more than any talk show host, stop being strangers. Below is an opportunity to start building a relationship with your voice. Write the questions and answers in a journal or notebook. And have fun! If you have questions about what to do with what you’ve learned, ask me a question in the comments below.  I’d be happy to make suggestions for how you can make the most of your new relationship.

  • How do you use your voice at work?
  • How do you express love with it?
  • How does your voice sound when you feel powerful?
  • How healthy is your voice?
  • How old does your voice sound?
  • Do others like your voice? What do they say about it?
  • What would you like people to say about your voice?
  • When your voice isn’t feeling well, what do you do for it?
  • Has your voice ever betrayed you? Do you ever abuse your voice?
  • What does your laughter sound like?
  • How do you sound when you are sad?
  • When you talk about your dreams, what does your voice say about them? What do others hear about them through your voice?
  • When you are angry, what happens to your voice? Does it get loud? Does it go away? Does your voice want to speak out or go into hiding?
  • Does your voice need air or does it have too much?
  • What happens to your voice when you meet someone new? What happens to it when you have to speak in front of others?
  • Do you have an accent? Does it serve you?
  • Does your voice like to sing? What does it like to sing? Do you encourage it?
  • If there’s one thing about your voice that you’d like to change, what is it?

This post was inspired by other online inventories such as: How well do you know yourself?

Oprah’s inventory for self discovery (not to be confused with the inventory, How well do you actually know Oprah?)

And then of course there are countless online personality tests…I’m a sucker for them all.

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Jul 09 2015

A voice lesson from the soccer field

Published by under Delivery

dreamstime_m_11013710I loved seeing the US team win the women’s world cup of soccer. What an amazing display of skill and strategy, and what fun! I passed by restaurants and sports bars that day, and they were full of people shouting and carrying on about the victory. But no one expressed enthusiasm about Carli Lloyd’s performance better than the commentator in this clip.

His vocalisms point out how a voice can be unique and expressive and make a much greater impact than others when one chooses an extraordinary way to say something. There are more than a dozen characteristics of sound that you can use for “vocal variety,” or inflection. This commentator used elongation of words to make his point. He also played with volume. The next time you have something important to say, say it like you mean it. And try some new ways to say what’s on your mind. It’s all about hitting your goooooooooaaaallll!

For more on this topic, please see my post, 5 Colors for Vibrant Vocal Variety

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