Your voice is a fair indicator of your personality- the way you feel,your attitude, and your moods. If you are the irritable type, your voice will have an edgy note. If you are under confident or a chronic-worrier, your voice will have a tendency to whine. Maybe you find life devoid of any excitement and end up speaking in a dull monotonous tone. Poor health and fatigue could give you a dreary flat voice.
There are good reasons for you to consider how you sound because even a well-groomed, beautiful woman could give a nasty knock to her personality if her voice is shrill and thin or loud and coarse- all the more so, because these voice defects can be corrected with a little conscious effort and self-training to make the voice sound soft, nice, and pleasant.
If you doubt the power of effective and engaging speech, listen carefully to the calls you get in the course of the day. You will be amazed by the range of patterns you hear, and realize how instantly you judge a person by the quality of her voice. And of course, if you are making your judgment of a person, based only on hearing the voice, it could be a let down too; but the impression you create with your voice matters a lot. In the book, “Winning with your voice”, Morton Cooper says, “We depend on the voice for up to 80 percent of all communications, but in our quest for self-improvement, it’s one detail we usually overlook. Most of us work day after day with a voice that sells us short”. But how to improve the voice? Here are some tips to start off. But do remember you rarely hear yourself as others do.
To test the quality of your voice:
- Stand in the corner of a room with face close to the wall.
- Hold your hands behind your ears, thumbs under the chin and bring the ears gently forward.
- Now start talking as you normally do.
- If you feel your voice is good, keep in mind that, most women have high-pitched voices and could speak in a lower volume and more beautifully with minimal effort.
Now check you voice:
- If it is high, try lowering it slightly.
- If it is too loud and some what harsh, try to soften it.
And, when you begin to correct your voice defect, make it a habit to talk pleasantly all the time, not just on special occasions. Using different tones on different occasions makes no sense and labels you as an artificial person. Many women with naturally lovely voices ruin them by speaking very fast. Even when you are in a hurry, there is little excuse for not speaking slowly. If you always think before you speak, you can eliminate words, and have time to speak clearly and beautifully. Your voice will automatically pitch itself correctly. To nurture a compelling voice, you may even seek professional help. Undergo a course to learn voice modulation to make the voice sound more interesting and not grumpy or monotonous. Other strategy is to enroll in a voice culture class. Give your voice a chance to improve. You have nothing to lose, and hopefully, a new world to gain.
(Guest Post by Smitha)
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