Ever find that when you open your mouth to speak, the result is a voice that quivers or shakes? Often, we attribute the quivering voice to the elderly; however, a shaky voice can also be found in young people as well. It may be caused by nervousness or just be symptomatic of your speaking voice. The good news is that you can eliminate the quiver quickly and effectively. |
A quiver in the voice is the result of undue strain on your vocal folds (cords). By changing your voice placement, however, you will stop this irritating problem. While there are 5 resonators responsible for voiced sound, most people rely very heavily on their throat (pharynx) and voice box (larynx) do most of the work. Age, nervousness, or just continual talking can then strain the vocal folds and result in a shaking quality.
If you can change the placement of your voice, however, you will immediately notice a difference in this respect. Changing the placement of your voice means using your 5th resonator – the largest of the 5 – to power and amplify the speaking voice. (The other resonators are your mouth cavity and nasal passages.)
Good voice quality depends on the use of all 5 of your resonators. If you speak with excessive nasality, for example, you are pushing your voice through your nasal cavities; if you push hard from your throat when you talk, then you will notice a throaty sound. When you allow your chest cavity to do more of the work in speaking, however, you will discover a richer, warmer, deeper voice that will not quiver.
Because most people are not using their chest cavity in this manner, most people have voices that are higher in pitch, thinner in quality, possibly nasal, wimpy, weak, strident, shrill, too soft or too loud. Actually, the list of characteristics is much longer than that but suffice it to say that the voice powered by the chest cavity has none of those traits because the quality of sound becomes warm and resonant, something that is not possible when you are using only your other 4 resonators.
You can get rid of the quiver or the voice that rattles, even if it is only noticeable when you are nervous. Change the placement and you will not only end the shakes but you will also discover a more mature and a more authoritative sound in the process.
The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. If you would like to see and hear a dramatic change, from childlike to mature, watch Trish's 'Before & After' video clip.
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