How To Have A Great Speaking Voice
Ever wonder how you can have a great speaking voice that commands attention and gets people to listen to what you have to say? Well, it comes down to one thing and I'm going to show you how you can do it right now.
I know it seems like some people just are born with amazing speaking voices. I'm here to tell you that's not true. They are trained.
How do I know this? Because I got training myself, years of it. First, because I was a voice over actor. And then, because I was a live entertainer. Finally, because I became a keynote speaker. So it was very important for me to have as much control as possible over my own speaking voice.
The main thing I want to impress upon you is that your voice is a muscle. So it's possible to train it, to strengthen it, to make it sound better and to be more effective. The same way it is possible to train any other muscle in your voice.
If you were an athlete, you wouldn't go out to run a race without stretching out and warming up all the muscles that you're going to use in your body to run that race. Well, the same is true with your voice.
If your career depends upon you communicating with other people through the sound of your own voice, then it's important to begin to train it each and every day. And just like going to the gym, you will see results via repetition over time.
Practice doesn't make perfect practice makes permanent.
So you need to practice mindfully slowly, carefully, and well. What sort of practice do I mean? Well, three things, primarily:
• Breathing exercises
• Articulation exercises
• And vocalization exercises
The sounds that you make when you speak, ride forth to the listener on a cushion of air. So the better your breath control, the more powerful your voice will be. Therefore you need to do breathing exercises on a daily basis.
The more clarity you have when you speak the easier it will be for others to understand what it is that you are saying. Therefore, it's important to do articulation exercises
Do these three for just a few minutes every morning and over time you will see an amazing improvement in the quality of your own speaking voice.
Personally, I take a few minutes every morning to warm up, stretch out and strengthen my body through physical exercise.
And then I take a few minutes every morning to do the same thing through vocal exercise.
It doesn't need to take a lot of time, but you do need to do it consistently. That is the whole key to having a great speaking voice. And you can it do it too.
Joshua Seth is a celebrity voice actor, turned communication skills keynote speaker.
His mission is to help leaders unlock the power of their voice so they can speak with influence, communicate with confidence, and sound like a better version of themselves.
Joshua's known to millions as the voice of over 100 animated TV shows and movies, and can be heard in everything from Akira to Spongebob Squarepants. But he’s best known as the star of Digimon, voicing the main character Tai for the past 20 years in both the hit TV series and all 8 movies, helping it become the 75th highest grossing media franchise in the world.
He’s the author of the upcoming book "Communicate With Impact" (2023, New You Publishing). Joshua has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches and presentations over the past 10 years for many of the world's top companies and professional organizations.
For information on Joshua’s keynote speeches and workshops visit www.joshuaseth.com