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by Brenda C. Smith
Have you been asked to repeat yourself, to speak up, or to be talked over at meetings? The sound of your voice can be enhanced so your listeners are not only …

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Is Anyone Hearing the Sound of Your Voice?

by Brenda C. Smith

Have you been asked to repeat yourself, to speak up, or to be talked over at meetings? The sound of your voice can be enhanced so your listeners are not only paying attention to your ideas; but are also being immersed with every word you utter. Just like a pyramid, there are three massive structures to support your vocal sound leading to a peak of charming presence.

The first element is your relaxation control. Stress creates physical and mental imbalances: your muscles are tense and troubled thoughts overtake your mind. All of this will directly affect the sound of your voice. Your voice sounds weak, tired, nervous, uninteresting, and overall not very powerful.

The best way to overcome this is to pause briefly before you speak, and center your body by shaking out any tightness in your neck and jaw muscles, along with the tension in rest of your body. Sit or stand tall with complete relaxed composure. You can achieve this with the aid of your breathing by taking in a big breath and letting out a long breath. Try doing this exercise three or four times to feel your entire body readjust to calmness.

The second element of your voice power then is your breath command. Lack of sufficient air to carry your sound to your listeners’ ears makes you sound breathless, less authoritative, and nervous. When that happens it automatically shuts you down and lets the other members in your group talk first; so, you are never given a chance to express your thoughts. You feel left out and lack any confidence to speak up.

Diaphragmatic breathing is a natural process of taking in more air to fill and resonate in your large chest cavity; rather than only in your upper shoulder, neck, or throat area. This allows you to project your sound farther without it seeming as if you are shouting. Through a series of exercises with the diaphragmatic breathing process, it will become ingrained as your first and only go-to method for voice projection. Start simply by directing your inhalation by expanding your lower ribs and back area; hold your breath for a second; then let it out, or exhale, to speak with projection, warmth, and attention. Most actors and professional speakers use this form of breathing technique to help manage dynamic expression without running out of air.

Finally, your third element is your mental supremacy. Scattered thoughts without any mental focus on the present moment or your intended message will not sway anyone to listen to you. This takes determination to stay on target as you express your ideas fully with sincerity and passion. Let your energy fire your speech. Bring your best tone forward to be impactful by speaking fluently with purpose. You are giving a gift of advice, information, or solutions with your voice. The voice becomes fuller and more vibrant with your intended thoughts directing the process.

If you keep these three key elements: relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and mental focus in balance, then you will no longer be ignored at the management table. They are your core support structures to a more charismatic speech attraction, and to your enhanced confidence as an amazing bonus.

Did you find this article helpful? Brenda C. Smith is a personal speech and drama coach who helps professionals, and leaders, bring their speeches alive. Go now to BrendaCSmith.com to enhance your voice for your success. Follow the “7 steps to putting your best voice forward” in Brenda’s latest book: Breathe… Just Steps to Breathtaking Speeches. Discover the techniques of voice-over speakers, actors, and pro presenters. Please contact her for personal voice coaching.

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