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Question: How can you improve your speaking voice?
The sound of your voice is like a cake: it’s the delicious result of different ingredients mixed together. This includes your cadence, tone, speed, and volume, all of which add up to the final result.
But even more than this, studies suggest that people determine how trustworthy or dominant you are within the first 500 milliseconds of hearing your voice.
How It Works
Before you can stand in front of a crowd and talk about anything that pops into your head, the body goes through three main processes for voice production: Lungs,vocal chords/box,projection.
The Lungs – The fuel for your voice is collected here from the air that you inhale and exhale. When we breathe in, the rib cage expands and our diaphragm lowers. Then as we breathe out, the air leaves our lungs and creates a stream in the trachea which energizes the vocal chords and vocal box to produce sound.
The Vocal Box/Chords – Once the lungs have begun the process of pushing air through the trachea, the larynx (AKA voice box) and two vocal chords on top of the windpipe are ready to work. As the air passes between the chords, they vibrate from 100 to 1000 times per second, which determines the pitch of our voice. Depending on how long and tense the chords are, our voice creates a unique sound as the air gets them moving.
Projection – Even without air passing through, you can make a “buzz” noise with the vocal chords in your throat, also known as a hum. The throat, nose, and mouth are all included along with the vocal chords.
Anything that affects the lungs, vocal box, chords, or projectors can affect the sound of your voice. If you’ve experienced the pain of allergies and a scratchy throat,
Our voice is the result of a complex, unique bodily system working in harmony, so don’t mess it up!
Tips to improve speaking
Record yourself. There is often a large difference between what we are hearing and what others are perceiving. The scientific explanation is that sound reaches our inner eat by two separate paths: through the air that travels into our ear and through bone-conducted sound through the tissues of the head. When we speak, we hear both. Others are only hearing the air-conducted version. It’s important to understand how your audience will hear you, so record your entire presentation and listen for:
Volume – Does your voice carry through the entire room?
Speed – How quickly or slowly are you speaking? The ideal speaking rate is 120-160 words per minute; where do you clock in at?
Clarity – Are you missing any words in your presentation due to mumbling or unclear speech? Listen carefully to the recording for any words that might have been missed.
Breathing – Are you rushing through words and gasping for breath? A proper breathing technique is one that goes unnoticed. Think of all of the incredible, speedy rappers that exist like Busta Rhymes. No one has ever heard Busta Rhymes gasping for air, which is why he’s the greatest.
Pitch – This incorporates the highs and lows of your voice, and as per the study above, is important to vary to keep your audience engaged. Are you as monotone as your least favorite history professor? Or do you have enough ups and downs to rival a roller coaster? There needs to be a happy medium.
I got a bit of my info for this blog from
(Your Guide to Developing a Stronger Speaking Voice Posted by Scott Schwertly | July 9, 2014)
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