All speaking is public speaking.
We don’t need to speak out loud when we’re speaking to ourselves.
When we speak, it’s always for the benefit of others. So, if you don’t like the sound of your voice maybe other people won’t like it either.
To make your voice sound better we need to investigate a few areas that make the voice sound pleasant… or not!
Are the sounds primarily coming out of the Nasal Passage or the Oral Passage? This makes a HUGE difference to the sound.
Analysis and Feedback: Recording yourself and listening to the recording back always helps understand what you can improve.
Lazy Articulation? A big NO NO! All words need to be clear and well articulated at all times. If you want to be understood and taken seriously in life, then this is a great place to start improving!
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FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
The easiest way for you to begin to love your voice is to learn a few skills around the way your voice works and how to make it sound better.
Let’s face it: We feel happier and more fulfilled when we feel, seen, heard and valued as a speaker. Communication is an important part of that.
So, I’m going to share with you three simple tips for you to improve the sound of your voice for public speaking.
1. Which Hole? .
Now, before you jump to any weird and wonderful conclusions here, I’m talking about two openings that we use for all public speaking: the Nasal Passage and the Oral Passage. By having control over which sounds in English come out of which hole, you will have so much more control over the way that you sound when you speak. For example, if you use too much airflow flowing into the nose, you’re going to alienate your audience by sounding a bit annoying and superior and if you use too much airflow out of the mouth your voice is going to sound weak and airy and people are going to start bossing you around because you sound really weak. So, make sure you understand the difference between the Nasal Passage and the Oral Passage and start to adjust the sound accordingly. There is a full training of this on my channel so check it out there.
2. Is Too Much Air or Too Little?
Record yourself and listen to it back and find out whether your voice is actually tight or sharp sounding or annoying. If it is then it means that there’s not enough air flow flowing out of the mouth when you’re speaking and you’re using absolutely too much tension in your throat at the same time. On the flip side of that, if you’re pushing your voice too hard and forcing air through your vocal folds, that means that you’re damaging your voice and, certainly, you won’t have your voice for very long if you continue to speak in such a damaging way.
Now, neither of those sounds – too much air and too little air – are very attractive and they’re certainly not easy to listen to for long periods of time. So, the trick is to really get a balanced airflow so you can sound clear, strong and projected effortlessly every single time you speak.
3. Articulate Clearly
Now, one of the biggest issues that I have with my public speaking students is lazy articulation. Lack of clarity during speech simply comes from not finishing the ends of words properly or not forming the sounds clearly enough using the articulators. The major articulators are the teeth, the tongue, the lips and the jaw. If you’re not shaping these sounds properly using the proper muscles, people won’t understand you. Likewise, if you speak too fast, your articulation will be compromised and people will lose the gist of what you’re saying. So don’t be lazy. People won’t understand you or listen to you at all. If you don’t articulate clearly, you’re not making it easy for people to listen to you. Don’t make them work too hard because they will switch off.
So, there you have it – three simple tips to help you sound better when you speak.
Do not forget: Speak up. Speak out. Be ready to be heard because remember: YOUR VOICE MATTERS.