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You've Got One - A Richer, Deeper, More Mature-Sounding Speaking Voice

April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

Many people contact me because they have a voice that is too high-pitched, too soft, too loud, too nasal, too wimpy, too weak, too shrill, too childlike. In fact, the list of descriptive adjectives is much longer than that. What is fascinating about the speaking voice is that you may be part of the 99% of the population who are unaware that they have a better voice inside of them. It is known as your 'true' or 'real' voice and it is definitely better than the one you are presently using.

The difference in the 2 voices is due solely in the placement of the voice. When you speak, there are 5 resonators responsible for the vibration and power of voiced sound. These include the cavities of the chest, voice box, throat, nose and mouth.

If you have a whispery quality to your voice, then you are relying heavily on your voice box to power your sound. Over time, this can be very hard on your vocal folds (cords) and will most likely lead to a quiver and/or vocal abuse. On the other hand, if you have excessive nasality, you are pushing and amplifying your voice through your nose which can be most annoying for your listeners.

Each of your 5 resonators is vital in producing good quality. Most people, however, are not using their chest cavity when they speak. They are unaware of its power and its resonance. Those who are using it sound like Julia Ormond, George Clooney, Cher, Peter Coyote, Kevin Spacey, Diane Sawyer and, of course, James Earl Jones, to name a few.

By the way, not all actors are using their chest cavity, the largest of the 5 resonators. Don Johnson and Fran Drescher are typical of excessive nasality whereas Melanie Griffith sounds like a bimbo. What is missing in their voices is warmth. That is the one adjective that describes all voices in which the chest is the primary sounding board.

If you would like to discover your true voice, you will need to find the optimum range of your speaking voice, which is probably lower than that of your habitual range. Once you are breathing with the support of your diaphragm and speaking within your optimum range, you will feel the vibrations from your voice in your chest. That is one of the best ways you can tell that you are using your real voice.

Yes, you have a deeper, richer, more mature-sounding voice. It is merely a matter of discovering it and using it.

The Voice Lady, Nancy Daniels, offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It! the only video training on voice improvement. If you would like to see a dramatic 'before & after' clip, visit Voice Training Website and check out Craig's video.

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