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How to use SMART goals for voice training

So you would like to improve your voice, but don't know how to start? Or you've been taking voice lessons for quite some time, but you're not very motivated to practice? SMART goals will help you stick to your plan and improve your voice.

When you start to train your voice, you must have something in mind that you want to achieve. Are you just curious about vocal technique? Do you just want to be able to sing along to Happy Birthday or be better understood in a teleconference or a webinar?

In order to turn a wish into an actual goal that you can achieve, you can use the SMART formula.
Your goal has to be:
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound
Specific: What is it exactly that you want to achieve? “I want to be better at public speaking” is not specific enough (that could be your overall vision). “Be well prepared for my next presentation” or “intervene during the next staff meeting” are more specific goals.

Measurable: How are you going to measure what you are achieving? That is a tricky one in voice training, because how do you measure your voice? For the goal “Be well prepared for my next presentation” it helps to break it down into smaller steps, like for example:

Step 1: Write down what you are going to say
Step 2: Practice it 5 times at home in front of the mirror
Step 3: Record yourself and identify 3 things you could improve

Achievable and Realistic:The goal has to be achievable. If you are expecting your team to applaud after your next presentation, it might be neither achievable nor realistic. So make sure, what you are setting out to achieve is actually realistic.

Time-bound: Make an appointment with yourself for the time you will have achieved your goal. So if for example „Practice it 5 times at home in front of the mirror“ is one step, then write down: I will have practiced the presentation 5 times in front of the mirror by June 14th.

Action: So, now it's your turn to get active:
  • Get a piece of paper and a pen and write down your overall goal for voice training.
  • Check whether the goal is SMART
  • and get started!
If you would like to work with me on setting smart goals for voice training – 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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