How can you avoid damaging anything from business relies to presentations using your voice? Instead than letting your voice work you, use these methods to help it work for you.
Rise and make an effort to shine.
Head to the bathroom for some warm-ups after getting out of bed. Take a few deep breaths while looking in the mirror. As you inhale, do your shoulders rise? Don’t allow them get away with it. Stand up straight, relax, and take a deep breath in. It should enter your body about your waist rather than being dragged down your throat.
Keep up the good work.
Slouching not only gives the impression that you don’t give a damn, but it also stops your lungs from filling up. Full lungs prevent your voice from breaking, making you sound more strong and preventing you from running out of air. Sit back and straighten your spine if you notice you’re bent over while on the phone to allow more energy to come through.
Support may be lovely.
Some people, like James Earl Jones and Lauren Bacall, are born with resonant voices. The majority of us aren’t. Instead of throwing in the towel, try tying it around your waist. Inhale deeply while gradually expanding your abdominal and obliques. Relax, let go, and imagine the towel as your sweatpants’ waistband. It feels like it’s getting a little wider.
Allow yourself to be vulnerable.
Your voice becomes squeaky and high when you’re nervous. You don’t want to project a confident image. And the more you try to force it under your control, the more you lose it completely. The cure: slow, deep breathing while softly pushing down and relaxing your lower abdomen. Also, keep your throat open and tension-free at all times. An open neck protects your voice and makes it sound fuller.
The importance of variety cannot be overstated.
Do you want to have complete control over your audience? You can send a group of 2,000 people to sleep by speaking in a monotone voice. That dead air may not be your client considering, especially if you’re working over the phone. Listen out for snoring.
Pace: When you speak too quickly, it comes across as jittery or as if you’re a used car salesperson attempting to pull a fast one. You’ll sound like the village idiot if the tempo is too slow.
Pitch: If you speak too quietly, no one will hear you. You sound worried if you speak too loudly.
Pauses: Use them sparingly in your discourse. If your pauses are too short, it can appear that you are struggling to find words. A few well-placed pauses, on the other hand, convey a sense of mystery and inquiry.
Passion: This all-important trait will be your most compelling selling point. Your subject is fascinating.
Get rid of your nasal congestion.
If your voice sounds uncomfortably similar to Fran Drescher’s, you have a problem. If you’re a complainer, try yawning. Feel your mouth wide open. If you’re nasal, you won’t be able to sense that kind of space. The soft palate, which is a flap of skin on the back of your mouth’s roof, lifts, allowing air to float up into every chamber of your head, producing a full, resonant sound. It’s similar to a small trap door that can be opened and closed. When the soft palate drops, the air stream from the head is obstructed, and air can only exit through the nose.
Change your tone of voice.
What a dull world it would be if we all sounded alike. However, if your original speech is preventing you from communicating, you should correct it. Accent “removal” was once the name for the procedure, although “modification” is a better description. Spend a few sessions with a vocal coach who can teach you the fundamental sounds of English, assist you in pronouncing its most perplexing terms, and model them for you in person.
Adjust your voice’s pitch.
To communicate effectively in business, you must be able to alter your tone to every occasion. You may lose a client if you sound monotonous, ineffective, or unpleasant. They’ll assume you’re bored if your tone is monotonous. If you come out as hostile or bullying, they may be put off. You’ll win the day if you can adapt your tone to every situation. Even if you’d rather be somewhere else, learn how to appear passionate.
Leave the beep alone.
It’s critical to leave an excellent voicemail message. People will get a great “first vocal impression” if you seem positive, polished, and professional. Make sure to say your name properly. If need, spell it out. Double-check your phone number. Tell them what you can accomplish for them in a few words. Let them know when you’ll be available, or inquire about the best time for you to return their call. Be succinct, but not evasive.
It’s all about you, in the end.
The most crucial piece of advice is to be genuine. Take the time to discover what makes you unique—your sense of humor, your newly gained confidence, your persona. Stop attempting to imitate a false.