Are you frustrated by your high-pitched or ‘girly’ voice?A frequent vocal problem, particularly though not exclusively amongst women, is a high-pitched voice that struggles to sound authoritative. A ‘lightweight’, or ‘little girl’ voice can be extremely detrimental to being taken seriously or establishing credibility. And it is possible to change.Over-pitching results from only using the higher notes of your vocal range and cutting off from your throat and chest resonance. This can be disempowering on a number of levels. For example, when you need to raise your volume and reach a large group of people you tend to sound unpleasantly shrill. You struggle to find vocal power. Your voice also can sound squeaky if you get angry or excited. It robs your speech of credibility and professionalism.The only real way to change your pitch is through regular and correct practise of opening and extending your vocal range. It can take a few weeks to get those vocal muscles fit and active again. A skilled voice coach at the Dynamic Voice Company can help you do this.Here are some TIPS to help you improve your pitch:•Practise breathing while you speak. A deeper voice requires more breath.•Slow down when you speak, giving yourself the time to give a more full-bodied tone to your speech. Rushing will result in a lightweight ‘economy’ voice.•Release any jaw tension by gently opening your mouth widely and closing it again repeatedly. A locked jaw can push your voice up.•Crucially, spend some time daily humming into the lowest tones of your voice. This will warm them and strengthen them.•Hum into your throat and chest on these deeper tones, helping to access your resonance.•When your voice is warm, practise speaking using deeper tones. At first it may sound unfamiliar and odd. This is a good sign! It means you are doing something different. Slowly it will be easier to integrate these lower tones into your daily speech and you will experience the benefit.
Tips for a high-pitched voice
Is mumbling damaging your personal brand? Mumbling is a common vocal problem and fortunately is relatively easy to change. It is often born out of a combination of factors such as jaw and facial tension that inhibit speech muscles, low vocal energy and tone, and poor breathing.The voice can be used as a powerful instrument to affect people but our low energy, casual modern style of speaking tends to work against using it dynamically. This casual delivery works against us, especially when we need to speak up in high stakes environments. Unfortunately, it can result in you being dismissed as lacking in confidence and credibility, a sure way to undermine the importance of your communication and personal brand.See if any of the following apply to you:•People often ask me to repeat myself.•My mouth hardly opens when I speak.•I have a lot of jaw tension and my face feels like a mask.•I drop the endings of my words (“spend” becomes “spen”)•The ending of my sentences trail off…•I speak very softly or tend to rush.TOP TIPS for correcting mumbling:Mumbling is ‘economy’ speech, robbed of its power, clarity and sparkle.To combat it you need to put more energy, effort and care into making the sounds of speech that make up language.Here are some simple ways to stop mumbling and start speaking up!•Breathe! Take a good, deep breath before you speak. Breath is fuel for a strong voice. This automatically slows you down and gives you the fuel to articulate clearly.•Keep breathing! Give yourself enough breath to finish your sentences and carry the ideas through, instead of rushing or trailing off as you run out of steam.•Loosen your jaw by gently opening your mouth as wide as you can and then releasing it, letting your jaw flop closed. Chew a large imaginary piece of gum to get your jaw gently moving. •Practise opening your mouth when you speak, forming each sound clearly. Use the following tongues twisters. Start by exaggerating the sounds to really exercise your speech muscles and wake them up. Unique New York, New York Unique” “How Now Brown Cow”“Around the rugged rock, the ragged rascal ran”•Make sure you hit those word endings such as “d’s” and “k’s”. It will immediately raise your credibility! In fact, research tells us that clear and definitive word endings make us sound more intelligent!•Get creative! Imagine your words are pictures flying out your mouth as you speak. Enjoy the sound of the words as they makes those pictures come to life for your listeners.Want to increase your impact when you speak? Join us on our next 2 Day public workshop, "Power Your Voice" to unleash your potential! Click here to book
Stop Mumbling! Easy Tips for Sparkling Speech.
Have you ever been in a crowded room, knowing any minute now you are going to be called to speak? Your mouth suddenly feels as dry as sandpaper, your hands are shaking…High Performance Communication allows you to make a great impression in pressurized contexts such as public speaking, networking and boardroom meetings.It’s not enough to secretly know you have value to add, or hope your work speaks for itself. Successful professionals understand that standing up and speaking well is key to the impact of their personal brand.The good news is High Performance Communication skill can be learned. And it’s a competency that gives you a vital competitive edge.STEP 1: Good Posture- Stand or sit upright. You will not only look confident, you will start to feel it too.STEP 2: Body Language- Keep it open, make good eye contact and smile. Make sure your handshake is firm. People will be ‘reading’ your body the instant they see you.STEP 3: Breathe deeply- Into your ribs and stomach. Breath is not only a tool for controlling nerves, it is also the fuel for your voice. It helps you feel and look calm.STEP 4: Power Voice- Keep it strong and speak clearly and slowly with plenty of breath. This goes a long way to giving authority to your words.STEP 5: Be Present- Imagine your powerful presence filling the room, embracing the audience. It gives you a commanding air and helps you speak to your audience, not at them.For more information on how to become a High Performance Communicator, please contact us: 011 462 9322 or email@example.com.