Are you being heard when you speak? A good voice suggests power is strong, round, gives confidence, trust and holds attention. A bad voice detracts from what is said and gives a wrong impression. Are you repeatedly being told to lower your voice or speak louder?
Your personality can be judge by your voice. Could it be that your voice is giving the wrong impression? Voice production is a mechanical habit. Bad traits or habits can affect it even after improving personality wise. Improving your personality can be more difficult than improving your voice but in some instances improvement of the last can depend on the first.
When public speaking your voice can cause an audience to be on your favor or against you. A speaker with a weak and thin voice will not keep your attention. Trembling voice, shortness of breath doesn’t project confidence. Constant inflection will not make you sound sincere. When communicating with others we want our voice to express accurately what is in our mind and heart.
There are two layers to our voice:
1) The linguistic layer carries the semantic information encoded in the language (its grammar and phonological units) and its phonetic representation. It covers what we intend to say.
2) The paralinguistic layer of communication is non-linguistic and non-verbal but tells the interlocutor about the speaker’s current affective, attitude or emotional state. It also includes the speaker’s regional dialect and social characteristic.
Have you ever listen to yourself in a recording? You will be surprise and say: “I don’t sound like that.” Your voice vibration in your body makes it sound different to you as to someone else. Test yourself make a recording of yourself in different situations: Reading, Public speaking, or just in normal conversation. Does your voice show the personality you think you have?
Listen to professional singers. Most likely you will notice things you have not notice before. Listen to the way they handle their breath, volume, articulation, control, vocal habits, and resonance. Also what on TV there performance.Watch the way they breathe and support the notes with their breath; watch the way they use their lips to shape the sounds and words that they are singing.
If you have a favorite singer and one you don’t like watch and listen and point out why you like one and dislike the other. compare live performance with a recording too. Is it the sound of one’s voice, or his or her mannerisms, pronunciations, stage presence, appearance or attitude that makes the difference for you?
The air send from your lungs when you speak is the foundation of the sound produce. It enters the larynx where two folds the vocal cords vibrate by the air passing them. The sounds then travel to your throat, mouth and sinuses amplifying the sound. The lips, mouth, throat, and breath all affect the quality of your voice. For smooth tones, right volume, a good steady supply of air is needed. This is achieved by the use of your diaphragm muscle giving support without straining. Control your breathing by not expanding your chest when you inhale to speak. Pull your abdomen making the lungs expand. Keeping your throat muscles relaxed. A good posture is essential to producing a good voice.
Voice quality or Phonation is the utterance of sounds through the vocal cords, combined with the amount of oxygen used during speech and the constriction of the vocal cords. It allows you to judge whether the voice you are hearing is male or female and young or old. It allows us to differentiate between individuals and give us some idea as to the speaker’s features. It is also associated with the accent, which tells the listener what area of the world you are from; pitch, higher and lower sounds; enunciation, the act of speaking concisely and clearly; how words are pronounced and articulated; volume, whether the speaker is screaming, whispering, or any volume in between; and cadence, how melodic, balanced, and rhythmic the voice is.
When others are constantly telling you to lower your voice. Learning to vary the volume to fit the circumstances and making a conscious effort to soften it are two of the factors that make a good voice. On the other hand, if you are told to speak up by breath control you can control the volume, keeping it ideal in all situations. Remember, many emotions and attitudes are reflected on your voice. It can work for you or against you. So next time you don’t get that job you wanted or get rejected by that girl you really liked. Consider, it may not be you the problem but your voice and what it is revealing about you.