Something unusual happened recently, something which I haven’t experienced in all my years as a voice coach. It happened on two consecutive days. I received a phone call from two men, both of whom possessed a ‘loud’ voice. |
You may think that this might be normal considering I am a voice coach, but it isn’t. I hear from soft-spoken people constantly – by phone, by email, by YouTube, and by every other means possible – and I hear from them every day; however, it is much more unusual to hear from those who are too loud. Of course it happens, just not that frequently.
What is interesting about both of the men who contacted me is that they have been told that their jobs are in jeopardy because of their volume. This is indeed a serious problem. But it is a problem that can be fixed exactly as you would fix the problem of being soft-spoken. [Yes, I know that many who teach voice would say to speak with less volume if you are too loud and to speak with more volume if you are too soft. That, however, is not the answer.]
What is fascinating about the correct approach to voice training is that when Person A, with the loud voice, uses the same technique as Person B with the soft one, the results will be the same: both individuals will discover a normalization of their volume. The reason is because they will be changing the placement of the voice.
In order to accomplish this change, there are 3 things you must do:
1. Breathe with the support of your diaphragm – currently, you are probably using only the upper portion of your chest to breathe. 2. Find the optimum pitch of your speaking voice – in most cases, the optimum pitch of the voice is deeper than your habitual pitch. It may be off by a mere half step or several steps lower. 3. Use your chest cavity to power your sound – most people use 4 of their 5 resonators. The one that is missing is the chest cavity. It is responsible for creating a richer, warmer, more mature sound.
Once you change the placement, you will be amazed at what happens to your volume. It will normalize. In addition, the edges or sharpness of the loud voice will disappear.
Find your real voice and you will discover that you are not too loud nor too soft. Your volume will be just right.
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 on voice improvement. Watch Angelina's 'before & after' video clip at Voice Dynamic and notice how much warmer her voice sounds in the 'after.' Before her training, Angelina had a voice that was often too loud.
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