Discovering a Deeper Voice

June 6th, 2010

When asked to describe a good voice, one of the qualities mentioned most frequently is “deep.” Everyone wants a deeper voice, believing it will project authority, strength, sexiness or whatever. Assuming it’s all about pitch, they press their voice down into the lower end of their range. Then they wonder why their voice tires easily and feels uncomfortable after any length of time. Their voice always seems “stuck” in their throat, and it actually sounds higher to other people.

I agree a good voice has a certain quality of depth, but it’s not necessarily related to low pitch. It’s more about having low resonance in your voice. Think of pitch as the actual “note” you are speaking. Think of resonance as the “space” you are using to produce the sound. Finding deep resonance in your voice requires attentiveness to three essential components:

  • The first is relaxation. Muscle tension stops sound vibrations. Tension anywhere in your body prevents the spread of sound vibrations. This restricts your voice to your throat and mouth and makes the sound seem higher. Feel the ground under you, allow your whole body to relax down onto the ground, and your voice will tend to drop into your body and sound deeper.
  • The second is breath. Breathing well relaxes the body at very deep levels, creates more space on the inside and keeps the channels very open. The quality of your in-breath will always set up the quality of your voice. If your in-breath is small and shallow, your voice will tend to be small and shallow. If your in-breath is full and deep, your voice will tend to be full and deep.
  • The third is space. Think of a bass drum. Its size and its large interior space tend to emphasize the lower frequencies of its sound. The same thing will happen with your voice if you enhance the feeling of open space inside your body.

Some people get lucky and seem to be born with voices that sound confident and authoritative. The rest of us have to develop it. You might not sound like Lauren Bacall or James Earl Jones, but the good news is that everyone, including you, has the potential for a voice that is warm, resonant and strong. With some training and practice, you can learn to relax, breathe, and be expansive, cultivating a genuine sense of depth in your voice that others will find appealing and attractive.

For further details, please contact Jay Miller, Toronto Voice and Speech Coach at:
http://voiceandspeech.com/contact.html

Open for Business: Your Selling Voice

June 4th, 2010

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario

You communicate for a living. You are the voice of your company. You offer advice and solutions your clients must understand, approve and implement. So how quickly do listeners connect with you? It’s not just about content. The depth of your engagement determines the impact of your message.

The challenge is to be totally available every time you speak. What would it feel like to communicate with your whole being, not just your mind? Your voice is the vehicle. Using a fraction of your voice produces only a fraction of your potential impact. Tension, unawareness and poor habits are obstacles to effective communication. They close doors rather than opening them.

In this workshop, you will identify the characteristics of a voice that sells and explore three critical components of powerful communication: grounding, breathing and resonance. Come prepared for movement; you will learn exercises addressing these areas – a small taste of what this crucial training can involve. There will also be time for practical answers to audience questions.

You will leave realizing you have a voice that can authentically express your brand and have maximum impact on your clients.

Presenter: Jay Miller, M.A.

Jay Miller is a speech coach operating from offices in Toronto. He provides training in voice, presence and public speaking for a wide range of clients, but his favourites are entrepreneurs and other professionals creating their own income. Jay has over thirty years experience in the field of voice and speech. He is consulted by the CBC, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, ELLE Canada and Eye Magazine, and has appeared on City TV and Discovery

Health. Jay is passionate about helping individuals grow and become more fully available whenever they interact with others.

Contact Jay Miller, Toronto Voice and Speech Coach for more information on participating in this seminar, which is part of the BIG Mastery Workshop.

Reach Jay:

Tel: 416-922-6384 Email: Jay@VOICEandSPEECH.com

http://voiceandspeech.com/contact.html

Your Strong Voice

May 4th, 2010

You want to sound confident. And you can. You don’t have to live with a small, weak voice that fails to express who you really are. But trying to “make” your voice sound more confident will usually result in fatigue, discomfort and a sense you’re not being authentic. Strategies used by Toronto voice and speech coach, Jay Miller, to help you find a strong voice that is sustainable and genuine include:

The first step involves grounding. When you work with an awareness of solid ground under you, your body is more likely to relax down onto that secure support. As a result, your voice will tend to drop into your body, feeling and sounding deeper, even without changing the pitch. For some people, the effect is surprisingly immediate and very noticeable.

The most important component of your strong voice is breathing. Since the human voice is essentially a wind instrument, it is powered by breath. To find more voice, you need to move more breath. It’s a generous outward flow of breath that will engage your whole voice. Without that power, you have no alternative but to squeeze sound out of your body. As you may know from experience, that doesn’t feel or sound good.

The third element of a confident, authoritative voice is resonance. You don’t need to lower your pitch to have a commanding voice. You need to lower the resonance. You need to cultivate sound vibrations throughout your body, especially in your torso. Speaking from your throat and mouth makes your voice sound small, high and young. Speaking with your whole body makes your voice sound full, deep and strong.

Kristen Linklater, one of the greatest voice coaches of our time, notes that the strength of the voice does not lie in muscular effort. The muscles of the voice are not big and strong. The strength of the voice lies in relaxation, breath and resonance. When you need a strong voice you must find your connection to the ground, move more breath and create more space in your body for sound vibrations.

When you open up and speak with your whole body, rather than pushing harder and forcing your pitch lower, you unleash a voice that is clear, rich, full and very effective. You speak with real power, and your listeners will respond.

For further details, please contact Jay Miller, Toronto Voice and Speech Coach at:
http://voiceandspeech.com/contact.html