This comes up again and again and again.
Why is it that people complain, criticise and actively (or passively) dislike their voices?
One reason that I consistently put forward is this: We hear our voice quality from within our bodies as we speak. From this perspective, the voice sounds fuller, richer and more dynamic than it does when we hear a recording of our voice in the same circumstances.
It requires attention, physical work and the will to appreciate the voice we have, in each moment of our speaking.
Attention requires us to notice, to hear, to value the quality, quantity, intensity and variety that is present in our voices whenever we speak. Attention is most valuable when it is centred in a neutral, non-judgmental place. It takes effort and practice to sustain the neutrality of attention when learning about voice as sound. This includes how to embrace the voice we have so that we can uncover strategies that will increase its impact, power and vitality for future spoken word events.
Physical Work via voice warm-ups, voice release exercises and clear speech dexterity practices enable us to sharpen our internal and external hearing. This amplifies our capacity to attend to how we sound as we speak. By knowing how we sound in practice contexts, we enable ourselves to bring those techniques to our spoken word content across a range of spoken word contexts at work, at home and throughout our lives.
The Will to Appreciate is the third component of voice development. This arises from attention to voice and the physical work we do to bring fullness, richness and vitality to the spoken word contexts through which we connect, engage and influence others. For some voice candidates, this component is the most challenging. In order to move ahead with our voice impact, we need to let go of or change how we have heard and experienced our voices in the past and recent present.
Build and expand your ability to Be Present to Voice when you speak and as you speak. Through this strategy, you will expose your unique voice’s natural qualities, notice more, adapt to changes and develop your unique spoken word style and impact with confidence and ease.