Having a strong, confident voice can be one of the most effective tools to getting what we want in this world. Great orators like Martin Luther King or Winston Churchill would not have gotten to where they were with a weak, feeble voice.
The way you talk is a huge factor in people’s first impression of you and also how much weight your words actually hold. You could take the greatest written speech in the world, but deliver it in the wrong way with a trembling voice and it holds no value.
Portraying a confident, strong presence with your voice can have hugely positive implications on both your work and social life. Here are some ways you can harness your greatest tool.
1. Slow Down
One of the biggest indicators that someone is not comfortable and unsure of themselves is talking too quickly. This can come from a sense of unworthiness, that you may be wasting the other person’s time. Perhaps you think that speaking fast will keep the listener’s interest?
In fact, speaking slowly with control and taking your time will give the impression that you are more sure of yourself. Trust that what you say has value and it WILL capture the attention of your audience. Your inner confidence will project into your reality so you can speak with purpose and intent, making people hang on every word.
2. Speak From The Chest
Singers usually practise singing from their belly or chest for optimum vocal projection. To help you understand how to do this, try humming as low of a tone you can followed by the highest tone. You should feel vibrations in your chest when humming low and vibrations in your throat and nasal cavity when humming in a higher pitch.
The tone in which you speak is closely associated with the way that you breathe. If the shoulders rise and fall when you breathe, you are more likely to have a higher pitched voice because you are failing to breathe into your diaphragm correctly. By focusing on breathing into your diaphragm, you will help your vocal projection and tonality.
Particularly for men, having a deeper voice can help hugely in portraying a confident, attractive persona.
3. Open Your Mouth More
Many of the problems to do with vocal projection can be simply put down to not opening the mouth enough. Mumbling, being too quiet and speaking without intent can all be remedied by opening your mouth more.
Opening your mouth wider is the closest thing to a magic quick-fix that you can get when working on your voice, granted that you don’t take it too far.
4. High to Low Tonality
When your the tone of your voice goes up at the end of your sentence, it gives the impression of uncertainty and a lack of confidence behind your words. Showing the fact that you need approval of someone for what you just said does you no favours. You can best find this when someone is asking a question about something they are unsure about, can’t you…?
Instead, aim to bring the tone of your voice down at the end of your sentence. Speak as if everything you were saying is true. Go from a high to low tonality from the start to the end of your sentence.
5. Speak With Passion!
Be fully in support of what you’re saying! Express your emotions with your words and don’t filter your true thoughts. By saying what you truly believe in, you’ll come across as much more genuine and people will be more interested in what you have to say.
Utilise facial expressions and hand gestures as they come naturally to you and avoid stifling yourself by being scared of what other people may think.
One of the best ways you can show to the world that you are a person of worth is to have a strong, powerful voice that commands attention. Become aware of the way you breathe and talk in situations, particularly when you feel nervous. Use the tips above and start to truly harness the power of your voice.