6 Simple Ways To Improve The Quality Of Your Voice
Your vocal presence is the quality of what others hear when you speak. Therefore, developing a strong vocal presence is crucial for your success and influence.
Your vocal presence can shape how others perceive you, what they believe about you, and ultimately if they should listen to you. If you didn’t get a chance to check out last week’s article I highly encourage you to do so HERE.
Now, let's dive deeper into why developing a stronger vocal presence is important, especially for a female entrepreneur and expert, plus practical tips on how you can actually do that.
This is for you if:
You want to develop a stronger and more attractive voice that people pay attention to
You want to show up speaking more confidently in meetings, on camera or stage
You want to achieve higher success and you know that confident communication is key
What is vocal presence and why should you pay attention to it?
Your vocal presence is literally the presence of your voice. And your voice presence is the tangible manifestation of your mind, soul, and spirit.
Just as a singer expresses her artistry through an instrument, so do we express our thoughts and emotions through the voice.
Emotions like happiness, sadness, anger, kindness, warmth - all are reflected in the power of the voice!
And yet most of us never think twice about our voice, or more specifically the presence of our voice.
A LOT can be heard, simply by listening. Not just the words you use but the pitch of the voice, speed, volume, and the clarity with which you speak those words.
However, when you choose to mask your emotions simply by making your voice sound more monotone, the people that are listening can perceive that. When you fake emotions, people can still pick up on that.
They might not be able to pinpoint exactly what you, the speaker is faking, they can just tell that something is off.
Also, did you know that in professional settings, women tend to speak less, get interrupted more often, and have their statements analyzed more harshly?
This is why it’s so important to learn to speak with authenticity and improve your voice presence to match your heart, soul and mind. But learn to express yourself more confidently, just in a way that is really true to who you are!
The way people perceive what you say and how you say it can either open doors or close them, build relationships or break them.
So, if you want to achieve higher levels of success start here ↴
6 simple ways to improve your vocal presence, the quality of how you share your thoughts and ideas through your voice.
#1 Breathe better
The first thing I was taught as a singer is to always breathe from the diaphragm. When you inhale your diaphragm tightens, which increases the space in your chest giving the lungs space to expand. When you exhale, your diaphragm relaxes and upward pushing the air and carbon dioxide through the chest and out through your mouth and nose.
When you breathe like this it literally gives you life. When we are nervous and anxious the very first thing we stop doing is to breathe deeply. Our breathing becomes shallow which cuts off air supply to our lungs. So, the first simple step in improving the sound of your voice is to simply breathe deeper.
#2 Mind your posture
Poor posture compresses your breathing and weakens the airflow that will give you ample support to make your voice sound more powerful. When you speak, make sure you sit or stand up straight, open your chest, lower your shoulders, and lift your head.
#3 Lower your tone
You may have heard that in order to sound more confident you should lower your voice. I don’t fully agree with this statement. I think it’s important to find the pitch that is authentic to you!
What you don’t want is a voice that is artificially higher-pitched as a result of nervousness or insecurity. The more grounded you are in speaking with truth and authenticity, the more confident and calm your voice will sound.
Figure out your real tone and remind yourself to speak in that pitch until you no longer have to be reminded. It’s a habit that can be developed.
#4 Slow it down
Have you ever noticed how much faster you speak when your emotions are running high? I know I have.
When your thoughts are firing a thousand miles a second it’s hard not to want to speak at the speed of light. Unfortunately, when you speak quickly, others have to work really hard to grasp your message.
As a result, the substance of your message gets lost or diminished. Don’t make listening to you a chore. Make it easy for them to listen and understand you.
One of the easiest ways to do this is by simply slowing the pace of your speech if you talk fast. Just make sure you don’t go too slow because just like with speaking too fast you can lose an audience by speaking too slow. You don’t want to put people to sleep.
#5 Pay attention to the volume
My husband has a coworker who has such a loud laugh and speaking voice you can literally hear him 5-6 offices down the hallway. Whenever he is walking the hall you can hear him coming from miles away. Unfortunately, most people find this annoying and distracting so they avoid him. When they hear him coming people usually go a different way. What’s even more unfortunate is that he is completely oblivious to it.
Be aware of the volume of your voice and its effect on the people around you. Make sure your volume is appropriate for the setting. There are certain situations where you need to speak up more and turn up the volume.
This is true for a room full of people or when you are speaking on stage. But other times you might need to lower your volume, especially when discussing a more sensitive topic or when you want to create a sense of intimate connectedness with your audience. Volume is an extremely powerful tool when used with intentionality.
#6 Bring on the warmth
I found that warmth is one of the traits of people who are really successful. People who are inspiring. The most trusted leaders. And one of the best ways that warmth shines through is in the power of your real and grounded voice.
Empathy can also be heard in your voice and is extremely important for being able to connect in a real way with others. A warm voice is like a soft blanket pulled from the dryer on a cold winter day. It helps people feel relaxed and safe in its presence. When you lean into your authentic voice, pitch, speed, and volume, that’s when your warmth will come through most powerfully.
Developing a stronger voice presence seems so basic, right? Because it is. I’m not saying that you cannot be a success if your voice isn’t warm, calm or you speak too fast. There are plenty of examples to the contrary.
However, I will say that success comes more easily when you sound more confident and clear.
When you are easy to listen to and when you sound authentic, your voice will easily connect with your audience's ears and encourages them to follow you because you sound grounded and warm.
Make sure you use one of your most powerful assets: your voice with intentionality. Let your soul shine through your voice with power and confidence.
Main idea: The quality and presence of your voice can be improved with simple steps.
- When you choose to mask your emotions simply by making your voice sound more monotone, the people that are listening can perceive that. When you fake emotions, people can still pick up on that.
- If you want to achieve higher levels of success you’ve got to learn to improve your vocal presence, the quality of how you share your thoughts and ideas through your voice.
- When you lean into your authentic voice, pitch, speed, and volume, that’s when you're able to make the greatest impact.
Here’s your DREAM to DONE action plan:
✅ Pay attention to your breathing
✅ Mind your posture. Sit and stand up straight
✅ Find YOUR authentic voice pitch and lean into it with confidence
✅ Slow down your speed
✅ Pay attention to the volume
✅ Bring in the warmth
Make a LEGIT impact with your words!
Get ready to be heard when you speak with this free 5-step guide. Fill in the simple form below for instant download.
We hate SPAM. We will never sell your information, for any reason.