We don't necessarily think about this when we speak to people, but very often the first impression people get of you is when they hear your voice over the phone. What are you communicating with the tone of your voice? Are you commanding strength and confidence? Or are you conveying insecurity and fear? Today we cover different ways to convey strength, confidence and warmth.
Now, why is this important? Because just like in society, it's easy to fall into certain stereotypes, and when it comes to your voice, it's very easy to fall into voice archetypes: the shy, low talker who mumbles, the raspy-voiced deadbeat who's out to steal your money, or the shouty general who likes to bark orders at people. Then, there's the other side of the coin: the chill guy next door who's everybody's best friend, the confident professional who commands strength, or the warm person who conveys love and care. Which one do you want to be?
It's one thing if you're an actor and you're playing different roles, but what if you're a public speaker or a business person and your normal sound is that of a deadbeat, a mumbler or a barker? Well, thankfully there's a fix for that. And I cover it in previous blogs covering projection for your voice.
Now, I'd like to clarify that because you may have a sound that evokes a negative stereotype, this simply means that's the feeling it creates in others. And thankfully, the proven techniques above will help you remedy that.
What do you sound like? What are some of the obstacles you run into when using your voice? Please feel free to share in the comments section or reach out to me, as I'd like to help you identify and rectify the issue.
Until next time, thanks for spreading the word... and may "The Voice" be with you!