Improving Your Public Speaking Voice
Does your voice carry confidence and conviction when you speak? Or does your voice need some training?
When you speak, your voice is your most important tool. It influences the impact of your speech and can make or break its success. People naturally listen to the quality of your tone and can make quick judgments about whether you’re strong or weak, assertive or compliant, respectable or negligible, all from the sound of your voice.
It’s important to develop a strong and attractive tone, to be taken seriously, interrupted less, and treated with greater respect.
Important Tips To Improve Your Public Speaking Voice
- Breathe properly. Speakers who don’t speak from the diaphragm also don’t breathe from the diaphragm. In order to breathe correctly, inhale and let your belly rise, and exhale and let your belly fall. Breathing is the most fundamental activity we engage in order to sustain life. Proper breathing will relax us physically, sharpen us mentally, and calm us emotionally. If we breathe properly, everything else about us will begin to fall into place.
- Exercise your voice. The human voice is much like a muscle. It can be made stronger with exercise and regular use. Many people with weak voices have become powerful, confident speakers by building their voices over time with exercise. Try singing in the shower, or read a book aloud to help exercise your voice. There are even strength training exercises that you can practice daily.
- Hydration. Keeping yourself well-hydrated will also impact the quality of your voice. To ensure the best possible voice, chose to drink room temperature water prior to and during your speech. Also, cold water can chill your vocal cords and decrease the amount of warmth in your voice.
- Practice and record your voice. As you develop your ability to speak powerfully, a great idea is to record yourself reading poetry or chapters in books. Replay these recordings and be looking for ways to improve your pronunciation, your delivery, and your pacing. Pay close attention to the speed, pitch, how well you articulate your words and the volume of your voice. By hearing yourself speak you will be able to practice and make necessary changes.
- Control your nerves. If you are nervous when speaking publically, it can cause a noticeable change in your voice tone resulting in a shaky, uneven or very quiet voice. Try to do some deep breathing, take a drink of water or consider visualizing your speech being spectacular before you even begin.
We’ve all heard been there and heard speakers whose voices are too grating, too soft or simply couldn’t understand them. Having the ability to speak in a strong, confident and ear-pleasing voice will make it unlikely to have your message undermined.
When we make a presentation or speak to a large group of people, it’s important to have an authentic and appealing tone of voice. The sound of your voice can influence whether others treat you as superior, equal or inferior every day of your life.