Hey, Just thought I would share my recent article with you so you can have the opportunity to try out a few exercises if you think your voice needs a boost- especially when you're trying to achieve your message but your voice falls apart on you.
Does your voice match your inner personal message to the world? Indeed, you may have a truthful message that you deliver with passion to effectively mesmerize your audience to action. However, does the passion of your story match the sound of your voice or is it out-of-whack with your inner zeal? For example, do you speak with energy to lead the listener into the pivotal moment of the story – when suddenly your voice cracks, or your pitch level sounds too timid, or too high, that it sounds like a total disparity to the intended robust message that you wished to convey. The audience becomes distracted by this.
To remedy this situation you could take some tips from actors who train their voices daily as part of their artistic skills. Actors during their vocal training develop strong foundational steps to express their character’s personality, such as a king commanding his court or troops, in an authoritative loud voice, not the voice of a shy young actor who cannot project his sound or resonant a full tone. The three key areas of strengthening your voice encompass extending breath support, improving diction, and increasing the range of resonation with the presenter’s body. Here are some simple exercises to get you started on strengthening your voice to empower your passionate message.
Breath-Support Exercise 1: Make your breath more effective using your diaphragm to repeat aloud your vowel sounds and extend them for a longer duration. Read aloud lines of your speech or some poetry, gradually including more words on one breath so you can do it easily, and not run out of air. Imagine what would happen if a trumpet player suddenly ran out of air, there would be no sound; so that is why musicians also increase the strength of their breath.
Clear Diction Exercise 2: Practise changing your word emphasis, stress, and clear articulation of specific words. Repeat one key line from your speech that is important to your audience’s take-away. Ask yourself: how many different meanings can I put on that one line of my speech? This exercise shows you how delivery of one word could alter the entire essence of your line. If you are sloppy with your diction, particularly slurring the end sounds or rushing words together, the audience only hears bits and pieces, not the entire content clearly. Take the time to focus on clear enunciation to enhance your meaning and nuances.
Full Resonation Exercise 3: Move your tone from resonating too much in your head, nasal, and throat areas down to your chest area. Place your hand on your chest and repeat aloud “low” extending the vowel sound so that you can physically feel the vibration of the sound being resonated. This requires mind-directed focus supported by your breath. Finding your best voice will necessitate you to practise a range of sounds from high to low until you feel the point where it resonates fully, and is most comfortable for you. Wow! This is your inner personal voice that will impact the audience and be free of any tension or disconnection with your passion.
As a presenter take the time to discover and free your vocal sound to find your true or optimal voice that will enhance and definitely match your inner message, so the audience can experience and share your passion. Let your audience truly hear the inner essence of your powerful voice.