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Let's get loud! - 4 Action steps to improve your voice

If speaking with power is something you are dreaming of (and you don't have a medical issue that causes you to speak softly), then read on – there are great ways you can start taking action today that will help you to have a stronger voice. Keep in mind that strengthening your voice is a process, it's the little things that you do on a regular basis that count.

1 Be clear about your motivation. Before starting to work on your voice, it's good to be clear about what it is exactly that you want to achieve. If you are serious about getting a stronger voice it will take time and practice. Speaking is a skill that can be trained, but you need to know your goal in order to stay motivated. Ask yourself the following questions:
  • What do I want to achieve exactly?
  • How much time am I willing to invest into improving my voice?
  • What does my life with a strong voice look like?
  • What happens if everything stays the same?
2 Make appointments with yourself. Once you are clear about your motivation, make appointments with yourself. Start writing down exactly when you are going to work on your voice. Collect theoretical information about ways to improve your voice and dedicate a certain time a day to read it. You can ask a vocal coach to help you or find exercises online that suit you. To make it easier for you, you can find ways to combine voice training with other activities.

3 Plan activities that can improve your voice, but have nothing to do with work. Planning activities that are fun can help you increase your confidence. By increasing awareness about your abilities without the stress of having to speak in front of others, you can train your voice on a daily basis. You can try out different things with your voice when you are on your own and nobody hears you – once you are familiar with the different possibilities of your voice you can use it with confidence. You could start doing things like singing in the car while driving to work; reading a bedtime story to your child where you impersonate all the characters with different tones of voice; learn a poem and recite it with passion to yourself in the mirror.

4 Record your voice. This can be daunting and push you out of your comfort zone, but it is the most effective way of getting a realistic picture of your voice. If you make it a habit to record yourself on a regular basis, you will notice your progress. This will keep you motivated to continuously work on your voice.

So next time you get in the car, turn on the radio and start singing – you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain!

If you would like to work with me on improving your voice – send an e-mail to info@thevoicecoach.be. I offer one-on-one coaching sessions per Skype or in person (if you live in the Brussels area).

Sonja Nannan




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