Project Your Most Influential Voice
Have you ever been in a yoga class or been in a potent workshop where the facilitator’s voice is making your skin crawl? The content may be amazing but the frequency from the voice presenting it is so distracting that you are not able to absorb the information.
Do NOT be that facilitator!
It’s worth taking a look at where you are speaking from so that you have a voice that not only is easeful to listen to but that works with the content you are presenting so you project your most influential voice. The object with any workshop, class or presentation is to engage with your audience, give them valuable information and create a life long connection.
You will not do this if you are speaking with a voice that is hard to listen to!!!!
1- Give this a try:
Record yourself speaking your content for about 10-15 minutes then listen to it back. If you are cringing or bored or agitated when you are listening to yourself, there is a good chance your audience will be too.
Next listen again for the tones you are using. Are they nasally like you have a cold, are they deep, are they high pitch, high pitch and nasally, etc. Just take inventory.
Awareness goes a long way. Now put your notes aside.
2-Now play with with:
Our vocal instrument has 4 resonant chambers: the Chest, the mouth, the nose, and the head. These chambers help to amplify the voice. Your voice will be more easeful to listen to as well as be more influential when you can speak from balance in these resonant chambers.
When you talk do you feel a vibration in the nasal area, chest are, head area, or mouth? Play here. If your teeth vibrate your in the mouth. If you can feel a subtle tickle behind the nose you are in the nasal cavity. If there is a sensation in the chest you are in the chest cavity. If its ambiguous and airy you may be in the head. You may notice already that you a combination of these resonant chambers.
3- Practice visiting all the chambers for vocal awareness and to change your speaking voice into its most influential voice.
Start with the sound ‘Ah’ – Tone this in the mouth then without changing the pitch lower your throat (actually the larynx ) so that you begin feeling the vibration of the tone in your chest. This happens without changing the note you are one. Now bring the vibration back to your mouth and send the vibration to the nasal area (act like you have a cold and your nose is stopped up). Now back to the mouth. Finally bring the vibration to your head. The top soft area in the back of your throat lifts and you may feel a tickle in the forehead. Bring it back to the mouth.
Now you can combine these, play with doing two chambers at a time.
Begin to notice which chamber is easier for you to access and which is harder.
These awareness exercises may help you bring to your speaking voice a balanced fullness that has a comfortable volume. This new balance in your voice will create a voice that people will want to listen to and continue to listen to! It will help you project you most influential voice!
Any questions? Just comment below. I’m happy to help.
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Below is a video that I thought might be helpful:
He only talks about two resonant chambers – the mouth (he refers to as dark) and the Head ( he refers to as light) and he is discussing a singing voice. However, Singing and speaking cross over and singing exercises can be helpful to the speaking voice as well. It is a great example of playing and balancing the resonant chambers. Have fun!
Use Grievances To Open The Voice
This is where you can use grievances to open the voice, your voice.
When you think of the grievance does it make you feel light and fluffy inside or does it feel like a heavy pit in your stomach? Heavy? Then there is something there that might be unresolved and unforgiven. It’s not a right or wrong here its just a choice. Do you want to continue to have this grievance affect your body and your life?
The heavy pit in your stomach may be an indicator that there is some energetic and physical contracting going on. This situation may create some tension in your speaking and your singing voice. The vocal instrument is systemic meaning your thoughts, feelings, belief systems, energy systems and your body all help to create an outcome when you speak or sing. Do you want the out come to be free, open and expressive or constricted, limited and small? Again it is all just a choice. From my experience though free, open and expressive feels and works a lot better.
So what can you do to let go of these grievances that are halting the possibilities with your voice?
It seems simplistic and you have heard it before, but what would it take to forgive the person who did the grievance?
Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well. (thank you wikipedia)
So a few important things here that stand out, change in attitude and wish offenders well. When you can shift your attitude about the situation you begin to shift the contraction in your body and energy. You will physically feel lighter, your jaw may not feel as clenched and it may be easier to breath. When you wish another well, again, you unlock contraction in your body and energy field. This has a direct impact to open the voice.
Everything is energy. A grievance has a denser energy and distracts you from the greater possibilities of you. That energy sits in your energy field and eventually your body. A more positive attitude and wishing well to someone has a way less denser energy. It has a lighter energy or frequency that feels better in bodies and energy fields and allows you to tap into greater possibilities to open the voice.
What is your knowing? Singing or speaking with a body that is dense and contracted or light and open?
Want to let go of your grievances to have more possibilities with your voice? Here is a question you can play with.
What am I making vital about the upset I am choosing?
When you ask this question don’t look for an answer just become aware of the energy that comes up and then make a conscious and intentional choice to let it go. Let the upset go.
To let the upset go journal can help too. Journal about things you appreciate about the person who the grievance are about even if its as little as the color of their eyes. Then journal about the well wishes you have for them. These simple journaling techniques can lighten the attitude you have around the grievance and not only free you but free your voice. How do I know? I have played with this hundred of times! Getting on stage for me was hard and I tried lots of things to open the voice and feel better on stage. This works like a charm.
An added benefit is that it can give you a sense of oneness that your audience can feel. Connecting you with your audience whether it is with colleagues or a room full of people. How does it get any better then that!?
Some more on forgiveness from one of my favorite teachers:
Know your why and you may tap into your best voice yet!
WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
What is the underlying driving force that keeps you inspired to keep going with what you are doing?
Do you know what your answers are to these two questions?
If not then start taking a deeper look – this may help you find a voice and personal expression that could make all the difference with your business!
When you know your “Why” then you have a tool to get thru any discomfort or shyness.
Your deepest “Why” will give you the extra fuel you may need to keep talking to an audience even though you really want to hide behind a chair.
Take a moment NOW; find a piece of paper and pen; breath; begin writing about your biggest motivating factor. These may be things like: to provide for my children, to bring peace to the planet, to help people out of suffering, to contribute to humanity thru music. Whatever it is write it down, get familiar with it and know it!
When you have this “Why” in tact then you have an anchor that will prevent you from running away whenever you get uncomfortable or scared. When you are sharing your message in front of an audience, You will get uncomfortable, You will get wobbly, you will feel fear. However, if you always keep with your deepest “Why” then you can allow the discomfort to pass on thru like a passing wave.
You have a mission and your ” Why” will keep you on coarse leaving the fear, anxiety and discomfort as insignificant.
Focusing on Fear and discomfort can ruin a public appearance and can prevent you from engaging with your audience. Tune into your “Why” and see your best voice come forth!
Um to Yum; A Speaking Tip You Can Begin Using Right Away!
Today’s tip is short and sweet!
Go from ummm to yummm!!
You know that little word that gets inserted into most talks. It seems to get more stage time then the main bullet point of your speech. The infamous “UMM”
My challenge for you today is to become a bit of a time traveler. See the future and every time you think you are going to say “um” pause and let there be silence instead. Give yourself a moment to come up with your next potent word. Don’t waste your breath and voice on “um”.
Silence is yummy! Silence can get people cued in for what is coming next. It can also give the listener some time to digest the content you just spoke of. Usually we are talking faster then we think. So a silent pause can be refreshing to the listener.
Using silence instead of “Um” will take a bit of slowing down and some mindfulness, But in the long run it will give you an added potency to your talk.
Have fun practicing!
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