One of the commonly overlooked traits in an individual is the voice. To be sure, it is a curious habit, seeing as there are no two persons in this wide world with the same voice tone. Coupled with gesticulation and body language, a person’s voice can relay a lot about the speaker.
Think in terms of general biological differences. Everyone is capable of differentiating between a male and a female voice, right? This is a prime example of the power of the voice; the advantage is exclusive to humans. Spicing things up further, there is the pitch and the cadence, both of which add zest to a person’s appearance.
Now, think for a moment about the power of these three traits combined. Can the impression of a person change if their voice is more powerful? The simple answer is: most definitely!
But how does one go about training the voice and the body for maximum results? Many people (especially those in business) tend to practice in front of the mirror, but such sessions rarely cover all the aspects of powerful air. For, voice should be coupled with a number of other skills, such as clear pronunciation, suitable gesticulation, appropriate body language and a self-confident aura.
Thankfully, one doesn’t need to ponder how to get the puzzle pieces together all on their own. There are trained voice coaches who teach all of these benefits, as well as additional tricks unique to each individual beside.
One Voice, Different Impressions
Did you know that your voice sounds different to you than to the people listening? That is the main reason why most people dislike hearing their recorder voice. For one thing, it’s transmitted through a medium, which means it is higher in pitch.
Not to complicate things overmuch, but here is how vibrations that are about to become a “voice” transmit. When you speak, the eardrum vibrates against auditory ossicles (three small bones located in the middle ear). The vibrations produced in this way travel further to the cochlea (a spiral-shaped structure within the inner ear), resulting in a lower-pitched sound. This process is called bone conduction. When leaving your mouth, the voice is transmitted to listeners via air conduction, which generates a higher pitched sound.
There are numerous tricks that can help with “emitting” a lower-pitched voice to the audience, which are taught by voice coaches. In addition, voice professionals also teach techniques to make your words more impactful, delivered in the right mixture of sounds and pauses. Did you know that nervous speakers get breathless often because they tend to rush their speech? That is just one example why voice training is not just about the voice. It is a fine mixture of skills that make an overall impression of the speaker more powerful and authoritative.
Powerful Voice Projects Self-Confident Aura
On top of learning how to speak to the best of your abilities, voice training programs will also help you discover the inner talents you were unaware of originally. Different people project different impressions. Everyone can learn to be more impactful and convincing, but not everyone does it in the same way.
Voice coaches are there to help each individual discover their strengths and weaknesses and teach them how to maximize the first and minimize the latter. Common voice techniques (term used loosely) taught during such programs are precision (clear speech), placement (maximum clarity and the best tone) and accuracy (eliminates mumbling and rushed sentences).
As you can see, merely these three techniques call for some self-confidence, as the main culprit for ineffective speeches is nervousness. Conversely, confident speakers always intone their words more clearly. It has been scientifically proven that such people command determination and credibility and are capable of keeping the audience engaged long after their speech is over. Sovereign speeches are a fine combination of a trained voice, articulation and body language. The clear pronunciation is barely sufficient to show listeners that you are a clear thinker, which is a skill that is essential to the business environment.
Executives Have It Hard
Although voice training is a good idea for anyone wishing to improve their professional skills, it is also true that some people have it harder than others. Take executives as an example. These people are expected to always deliver and are not allowed any mistakes.
On the other hand, executives are often graced with strategic thinking skills — a result of long and difficult training. Voice is trained exactly in the same way: it is a process of learning new skills that make up a powerful aura around the speaker. Presentations delivered by confident speakers with an authoritative disposition result in a lasting impact and guarantee further positive developments. After all, relaying any kind of message in a way that will be understandable to every single listener is what makes an extraordinary business person. Training the voice is the greatest step forward in that direction.