What type of message does your voice project? If you are not sure, record your voice on your phone and play it back. Chances are that you did not recognize the sound because it is not the same sound you hear in your head when you speak.
So which ‘voice’ do you think is true? The one you hear in your head or the one on the recording. Should you refuse to believe that what you hear on your phone is the truth, then let me ask you this question. If you were to record someone else and play it back, would you recognize that person’s voice? Bingo!
We have two types of ear: the outer ear and the inner ear. Because the sound waves of our speaking voice travel away from our body as we speak, our outer ear (the ear which recognizes all other sounds) is unable to recognize our own voice as it is heard by everyone else.
Instead, we hear our voice by means of our inner ear. And, that is distorted sound – sound which is vibrating in the solid and liquid of the brain. Unfortunately, what you hear in your head is usually much more pleasant than what comes through on the recording.
Were you compelled to hear yourself throughout the day as others do, I guarantee you would want to change it because you probably care about the image you project. The problem with your recorded voice is that you hear it, you dislike it, and then you promptly forget about it.
Don’t forget it because your voice speaks volumes about you. If you are soft-spoken, for instance, others may see you as shy or lacking in confidence. If you are loud, on the other hand, you may be perceived as aggressive or overbearing. If you are 40 and sound like a 12-year-old, then you sound immature. If you are a man with excessive nasality, you may sound like a woman. If you speak with little or no emotion, then you could be projecting a cold or distant image.
How do you change your voice? The answer is to find your ‘real’ voice which happens when you 1.) allow your chest cavity to power your sound; and, 2.) speak within your optimum range. Most people are doing neither which is why most speaking voices lack warmth, depth, and resonance, again, only possible if the chest is in use.
If the medium is the message, change the medium and the message will sound more confident, more interesting, and more dynamic.
If you would like to discover your ‘real’ voice, join me in Mt Laurel, NJ, October 21 & 22 for my next Voice & Presentation Skills Workshop. For more information, click here