As a speaker – and that includes anyone who relies on their voice as a medium in whatever they do – your voice is the first point of contact between you and the people with whom you are communicating – your clients, your students, your customers, your employees, or your audience.
Your Voice is Your Calling Card…
Your voice is very personal. It is a direct expression of who you are – it is an energetic representation of you – of ALL of you.
The way you present yourself and the way your voice carries your message across are crucial to how you are perceived, no matter what the actual content of your message is, regardless of your expertise.
What does that mean?
It means that it is not just WHAT you say – it is HOW you say it…
But perhaps even more importantly, it is WHO is saying it…
Who is the person BEHIND the voice. What is the message BEHIND the message – what are you transmitting…?
You are ALWAYS transmitting something – so you are ALWAYS communicating, even when you don’t mean to, and even when you are not aware of it.
Using Your Voice Properly Really Means Two Things…
There is your physical voice that is operated by your body and is clearly audible to everyone – and then there is YOUR voice, as in who you are and what you project energetically.
What kind of energy is BEHIND your words?
Do you speak with a balanced, clear and strong energy – or do you sometimes communicate mixed messages when you speak?
Is the message behind the message telling a different story than the one you are attempting to communicate?
We obviously want people to realize how wonderful and amazing we are and how valuable our service is!
This is why, to be TRULY great communicators we simply have to look the full picture.
We need to approach the development of our speaking skills holistically.
We have to do both the INNER and the outer work.
If we want to truly inspire and impact people we cannot afford to ignore to look at our own dissonance if it’s there!
The Resonance of Authenticity…
Body language, voice dynamics and voice technique are all important factors for successful speaking. You can work on all of those and gain a certain degree of mastery purely from a practical perspective.
But what is it on a subconscious level that controls both body language and voice dynamics?
YOU do – the person BEHIND the voice. YOU add life and emotion to the sound and the overall expression.
More important than all the technical stuff that can be learned and that can SUPPORT and greatly enhance your expression, your ability to be powerful, dynamic, resonant and so on; more important than ANY of those is to establish what I like to call „The Resonance of Authenticity“…
What does it take to be an AUTHENTIC speaker, somebody who speaks FROM the heart TO the hearts of people.
Therefore, as a powerful speaker you simply have to be aware of both the voice technicalities and your emotional well-being.
Listen to you own inner voice.
A really great way to work on not just your psychical sound but also you energetic transmission is to do is to record yourself. Most people do not like this very much, but it really is great training. So record yourself and track your progress – you’ll be surprised.
To Create Real Impact….
We all have a natural Resonance of Authenticity – don’t be afraid to use it!
Listen to your heart and speak in your own voice.
When you do, people will let you in and listen to you with open, receptive ears AND hearts.
— Suzann Rye 2009
Suzann Rye is a bestselling author, a speaker, and an internationally renowned expert on voice and performance training.
Suzann’s new book, Your Voice is Your Calling Card is a fantastic resource for anyone looking for a holistic approach to becoming a much more confident, authentic, inspiring, compelling and charismatic speaker and presenter. It contains a wealth of knowledge and countless easy to apply tools and is both extremely practical and deeply spiritual. Simply Mind, Body, Soul—and Voice.