A few reasons why you should work on your voice.
It is worth to consciously work on your voice to strengthen your verbal message, as well as strengthen your confidence. As important as WHAT we say is HOW we speak.
Lower voices are more reliable
Why should you think about lowering your voice? Because such a voice is perceived as more credible.
People with high and high-pitched voices are often subconsciously discriminated against.
The Science Daily website published a study of a British scientist who compared women’s voices between 1945 and 1993. The comparison shows that over the 50 years, the tone and pitch of female voices have decreased significantly.
Similarly, Anne Karpf, author of The Human Voice, says that people in prominent positions (eg. TV presenters and personalities), should lower their voices.
A change in voice – from sharp and penetrating to deeper and lower – was advised by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s PR specialist Gordon Reece. The advice on tone was also used by, among others, Princess Diana.
Lowering the tone of the voice helps in conquering many aspects of life – researchers say. Gaining recognition, promotion or a raise at work is easier for people with lower voices.
People with high and high- pitched voices are often subconsciously discriminated against. Their voices sound unpleasant to the ear, and thus their ideas, products and services are less often chosen.
Sometimes the impression of such a voice is compared to the sound of nails on a chalkboard. People naturally eliminate unpleasant feelings from their surroundings. When talking to such a person, we try to end the conversation as soon as possible without listening to the arguments.
People with high-pitched voices are more often marginalized, without being aware of why this is happening.
Speaking louder, we give the impression of being more confident
For public speakers, the loudness of the statement is important. If we do a test and ask the selected person to say the same sentence quietly and then louder, in a full voice, most people will rate the second version as more reliable.
It is related to how the mind receives and processes information and how it attaches meaning to them. If we want to be seen as more confident, we should speak in full voice.
But we are also BECOMING more confident
If you change the volume of your voice, to some degree you will boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Voice volume is associated with a phenomenon that can be helpful in managing emotions. The mind and body are interrelated and interact with each other. You don’t find very confident people who speak very quietly because it is not in accordance with nature.
So if the volume changes, so will our confidence and self-esteem. Therefore, speaking louder, we feel more confident.
How can this be used in practice? Feeling some stress or slight uncertainty, e.g. before an important meeting, you can start speaking louder and this discomfort will be reduced. This advice will work at low and medium tensions, mitigating their effects. However, if you have huge fears, you will need to use other tools to reduce anxiety.
Over two thousand years ago, Aristotle claimed that music affects people. The philosopher noticed that sounds stimulate us or put us to sleep, motivate us or make us think.
So far, the best and most perfect musical instrument is the human voice. Using it in the right way, we can either stimulate listeners to act or put them to sleep.
Each of us has been to a lecture or presentation, during which you felt like falling asleep. Do we remember much about it? Probably not.
Completely different impressions and feelings are associated with interesting meetings. The voice of the presenter or interlocutor in such situations is often dynamic, the words are spoken at a different pace and the pause is used perfectly. The speaker can influence the recipients, focus their attention. Thanks to the appropriate dynamics, he or she can draw the attention of listeners to those elements that they want to emphasize.
How do you work on your voice and make it deeper?
So how do you work on your voice to make it deeper, stronger and more dynamic? I suggest some practical exercises.
The first step will be learning how to breathe properly.
Thanks to breathing techniques, we will use our voice conditions to speak louder and longer.
I suggest two versions of the exercise.
Lie back on the floor, place your hand on your stomach and start breathing naturally. The body has to be relaxed, the mouth slightly open.
You’ll notice how your belly rises and falls. The air fills the lower parts of the lungs.
In the second version you do the same, just put a heavy book on your stomach. You will get the impression that the air goes straight to your stomach. After two or three minutes of free-breathing while lying down, stand up and do conscious “low” breathing. It will be a completely different feeling.
Repeat this exercise twice a day, and you will not only learn to breathe more freely but you will also become more relaxed.
What can you do to lower your voice?
The next step will be learning to speak from the diaphragm.
Now you know how to breathe properly and naturally. In the next excersise you should speak the vowel O. The vowel emission time is about 3-5 seconds, followed by a free breath.
Pay attention to how wide your mouth is open. Opening the mouth wider makes the sound stronger.
Do this exercise while lying down, then do the same while standing.
When you become better at this try speaking short words like She, Home, Year, Ace. Remember to drag and lengthen the vowels, i.e. Laaa, hooome, Rook, Aaaas. The next steps will be to speak longer words and then longer and longer phrases.
Perform this task once or twice a day for 4 to 5 minutes. It will translate into strengthening your voice and will give you more confidence.
If you want to lower your voice, take care of your chest resonator. It increases the strength and pitch by harmonizing with the sound source. In men, the chest plays the role of a resonator that makes our voice become lower and fuller. What can you do to work on this? Remember that scene with Matthew McConaughey from “The Wolf Of Wall Street”? When extracting the vowel O (continuously), start patting the chest alternately with lightly clenched fists. You will hear the sound begin to change after a while. It often becomes lower and more pleasant to the ear. Repeat this exercise twice a day for two minutes.
The proposed exercises are only selected elements of professional voice and breathing training but will allow you to learn and experience some changes in the voice. You must remember that a good impression is very important. The image of a professional is very important.
There is a breathing training that I want to recommend to you if you want to improve not only your voice but the overall quality of life. It’s a shame that we don’t learn how to breathe properly. It could really improve our lives if it was known by everyone. It definitely works for me and the exercises that I introduced you to are from this training: