Who does not enjoy being listened to? Even if you are talking for just a few minutes, introducing someone else to take over, or performing a short opening to a ceremony, it is a huge achievement if your audience feels like wanting to keep listening to you.
This is the point where your vocal competency is at play. Some people are blessed with the perfect voice that makes them the perfect fit as voice-artists, while some train to reach that point. A good voice is a skill- it is something you can work on. Keep reading to know how to make your voice sound better.
We are here with some efficient exercises and tips that can help you improve the tone you speak with, alongside the method of delivery, for different circumstances. It is meant to assist you in working towards making your voice sound better, successfully holding the interest of your audience.
Be aware and well-informed of your topic
When you are actually speaking, it is essential that you do not worry too much about how you are sounding- you must feel confident and avoid stammering. Remember one fact- even if you might feel that you are sounding not the best, your story, or words, can actually ease the audience and successfully keep the crowd hooked in their seats.
When you know the topic well, your voice will automatically sound confident and hence radiate a strong message to the listeners. When you try to convey a message that you have thought well about, you are more likely to attain the perfect tone and appropriate method of delivery.
Listen to your voice a few times during practice
Recording yourself is piece of cake in the world of today. Be your own critic and give yourself feedback. Hearing yourself matches looking at the mirror. It helps you get in terms with what is on the table. You can learn how exactly you sound and practice presenting the best version of yourself better. You will be able to judge whether your speech uses a certain phrase that is hard to catch or your tactic of delivery needs alterations.
Breathe in between your words for a clear voice
It has been scientifically proven that when you try to rush your words without taking necessary breaths in between, your voice will suffer. You are then more likely to sound low and strained. Hence, it is imperative to pause between your sentences, take in the air you will need to make it to the end. Practicing breathing deeply to relax your muscles, and we promise, you will be surprised with a better voice, which will sound even richer.
Speak at the right pace- not too fast, not too slow
It can be tempting to rush to increase the probability of getting heard than losing the chance due to the lack of time of your audience. We are not asking you to speak at the pace of a tortoise, but to slow down.
It will help you gather lucidity and coherence in your words, stressing only what needs to be addressed. Even if your voice has to sound dramatic, using shorter phrases, and letting your words out at a measured speed, will only help in keeping the audience interested.
Prepare and practice well before speech
This mostly applied to speeches or performances- if you can ‘read ahead while performing behind’, as a renowned voice artist has addressed, you will do your voice a favor. This helps to prevent future stumbles during the actual performances.
You will be aware of what waits ahead of you as you have already read through it before. Your subconscious mind will have stored the gist of what is ahead, and it will calm your voice.
A Strong Ending With Bold Voice
This is often a technique that is overlooked. ‘All’s Well that End’s Well’, you must have already heard. Try to end your sentences on a down note. Take your time to finalize your thoughts and once you end, let the audience feel the authority of the silence, digesting the message you have preached.
Some Voice Exercises For Better Sound
There are a few exercises you can perform to train yourself to control the movement of your vocal cords which will make your voice sound better.
The A-E-I-O-U Trick
When you say A-E-I-O-U, observe the jaw movement in the mirror. Check how your jaws reacted on each of the vowels. If your jaw has closed on any or all vowels, it is time to take your first two fingers and pulling the jaw down up to 2 inches. Try to speak the A-E-I-O-U again and keep doing so until you can fully stop your jaw from closing (it needs to stay as open and as wide as possible) to make your voice sound natural and clear.
For High notes, go down
Whenever you need to go to a high note (usually during songs or recitation), think how the weight attached to a pulley will work. It will pull the pulley down. Now place this system inside a lift. To reach the topmost floor, you need to add the highest weight. Similarly, you have to take your mind as down as possible when climbing to the highest notes by adding resistance to those.
Understand the natural vibrato your voice possesses
Press your chest with both hands while looking at yourself in the mirror and trying to raise your chest as high as possible. Inhale, followed by an exhalation, without dropping the chest. Try to sing a note, sticking to it for as long as possible with the raised posture. Lower the chest halfway in the note and ensure that your jaw is open. This will improve your vibrato.
Everyone is not born with a gifted voice but exercises and certain practices can always make your voice sound better, as mentioned above. It’s only a matter of time and rehearsal.
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