How To Sound More Interesting When You Speak by Joshua Seth
When you train your voice to sound better, people will respond to you better. The problem is people think that they're gonna sound fake or inauthentic if they start speaking in a way that sounds different than the way they’re used to hearing themselves speak. But your voice is an instrument, so when you learn how to play it well it will open up all sorts of possibilities for you to become more interesting and influential when you speak. In this episode, I’ll explain how you can do exactly that and start sounding like a better version of you.
So back when I started voice acting, I used to talk like this all day in a recording studio. Come on, guys, let's save the world. And I would do all kinds of different characters and sound funny because that was my job. Then I'd go out into the world and people would ask. why are you talking like that? What is your real voice?
And I didn't have a good answer for them because I was so used to, you know, making weird noises with my voice, that I'd lost track of what my real voice was. Most people have the opposite problem. Most people are so accustomed to locking themselves down to only speaking, using a few notes in their vocal range, that if they expanded it out, it just sounds weird.
For the past few years I’ve been training people how to sound like a I know because fetter version of themselves through keynotes, classes, workshops, and now in my 30 Day online Communication Transformation Challenge (you can check out the link in the show notes). I put this program together because student's in my Zoom classes kept running up against the same roadblocks. I've trained leaders, salespeople, voice actors, to sound like a better version of themselves for years now. So I've had the benefit of a lot of experiences with different kids of people. And over and over I would hear the same objections when I would ask them to do an alternative read or to read a script in a way that's just unusual or seems wrong or different.
They don't want to do it. They're afraid of being judged as sounding weird or inauthentic. It's not possible. This is your voice. This is your vocal instrument. Any sound that you make is real. Now whether it's authentic or not, that comes down to a feeling that you have and that feeling is based on what's normal for you now what's normal for someone like Bob Dylan is that every song he sings sounds pretty much the same.
Bob Dylan has about four notes in his range, but somebody like Pavarati can sing multiple octaves, four octaves. somebody like. Mariah Carey can sing five octaves. So where you are is probably somewhere between those two extremes, it's up to us to be bold enough, playful enough, and willing enough to experiment with the way in which we speak to be able to expand our range beyond what seems normal to us.
What feels comfortable and sounds authentic to our ear is limited by what we've heard in the past. Now, charismatic leaders know that if they expand every note in their range and use them all in their speeches, speaking very high and very low, very fast and very slow that it's going to captivate the listeners.
And the same is true for you and me. So it's a good idea to experiment with the way in which you speak. The next time that you are getting ready to give a speech or record a script or make a presentation, do something weird when you're rehearsing. Experiment. See what it sounds like with an accent. What it sounds like if you go real low, what it sounds like if you go really high, mix it up a bit and add some vocal variety to your practice session.
Not because you're going to do that when it counts, but because you wanna expand what's possible for you and what seems normal to you. In terms of your own range, you can do this. All that's lacking is willingness to make the attempt. Why? Fear of being judged, fear of people thinking "that person sounds weird".
Get over it. It's okay. What you wanna do is take. The vocal instrument that you have. And instead of just playing those few notes in the middle, expand it out so that you're playing your entire range, that will make you a more effective communicator. It will make you a more dynamic speaker. It will attract and magnetize the attention of the listener because they can't get ahead of the music of your voice. They don't know where you're going.
It's the opposite of the economics teacher in the movie, Ferris Bueller. You remember him? Bueller, Bueller. Class class, every word, the same, the pace, the volume, the intensity, everything is exactly the same and that's boring. Right? You wanna be interesting? A I D a attention interest desire. Action. Every salesperson knows this, every speaker and leader and actor and influential person should as well.
So how do you get their attention be interesting? Is that through the content of your words or the style of your speech? Well, it's both really, but mostly communication comes down to your delivery, whether or not.
People listen to you comes down to how interesting you sound when you speak, how well you resonate with them, how much of your energy and personality and enthusiasm is transferred from you to your listener.
And that starts with being willing to expand what's possible when you speak. So don't worry about. Sounding fake or weird or funny, inauthentic, just experiment, have fun with it. And then when you come back to what's normal, you'll find that what is normal for you has now expanded. And the more you do this, the more range you will have and the more effective a communicator you will be.
So I have a question for you…
Do you like the sound of your speaking voice? And did you know you can train it to sound better just like you can train your body to look better? That’s because your voice is an instrument and once you learn to play it well it will pay dividends for the rest of your life. Because you’re only as effective as your ability to communicate. Only 7% of the impact you make when you speak comes down to the words that you use. The script. The rest is all tone of voice and body language. So how you sound will determine if people listen to you, connect with you, and take action on what you say.
Which is why I've created my 30 Day Communication Transformation Challenge. It's an online video training program featuring short daily video lessons with will feature one actionable idea or exercise that you can use to unlock the power of your voice to become a more influential speaker, a more confident communicator, and sound like a better version of you.
Take The 30 Day Communication Transformation Challenge at https://www.joshuaseth.com/training