Do you cringe when you hear your voice on a recording? Do you avoid listening to it at all costs? What does your voice sound like? Is it squeaky and thin? Have you ever said, “I hate my voice?”
I Hate My Voice
I did a twitter search for the hashtag #IHateMyVoice not even knowing it was a thing. There were a million people saying, “I hate my voice!” I’ve peppered a few in this post.
Did you know that it’s easy to change your voice? Not only can you have a gorgeous voice but it takes very little time and no effort. Actually if you have a voice you hate you’re probably using too much effort.
When you listen to your voice on snap ???? #IHateMyVoice ?
— Kayla. (@_KaylaaRenee13) August 7, 2016
Speak with Air
To speak with a clear, powerful and persuasive voice you must use Air For Speech. Speech is air molecules that vibrate. Sound is air molecules that vibrate. Ok, not just air molecules. Speech can travel through bone–that’s why your voice sounds so different in your head than on the recorder. The molecules are so much closer together making your voice sound deeper & more resonant. When you follow the instructions posted here you’ll make your recorded voice sound like the one that you hear in your head. 🙂
The more air you use the more powerful your voice will be. But here’s the deal: You must breathe using your abdomen. You’ll want to try the following exercises both sitting down and then standing. If you’re having difficulty isolating your stomach muscles, try lying down on your back. You’ll notice that lying on your back lends itself easily to abdominal breathing. Just do it that way till you’re aware of the way that abdominal breathing “feels.”
I want you to follow these steps. It’s easy. Try it for a couple of weeks & this will lead you to using a powerful, gorgeous voice in all environments of your life.
Abdominal Breathing for Life
1. First attempt to isolate the muscles of the abdomen. Just push your stomach muscles out and then in, as if you have just eaten a big meal or are a belly dancer. Go ahead men, too! Be sure that your upper body is not moving. You may sit in front of a mirror or you may put your hand on your chest so that you can monitor and prevent movement. Please move the muscles of the abdomen for a few minutes. Become very comfortable with isolating only those muscles.
One of my favorite I hate my voice tweets:
I just heard myself on a voicemail and I’m sorry to anyone who has received one from me. #ihatemyvoice
— Cassandra Taylor (@cassandita) August 9, 2016
2. Now try and pair this movement with breathing. Only your stomach muscles go out when you breathe in and they go in when you breathe out. Imagine that your stomach is a balloon or a barrel (pleasant thought!) and that you are filling it up with air. You only want to see your abdomen move; not your shoulders or your rib cage.
3. Use abdominal breathing for increasing increments of time each day.
Here’s another I hate my voice tweet:
— Yuno Buttlass (@dontwakeyuno) July 14, 2016
Abdominal Breathing For Speech
If you’ve practiced using abdominal breathing for a few days go ahead and try using abdominal breathing for speech. I always start my clients with “Hi.”
- Stick your stomach out about an eighth of an inch.
- Fill it up with a breath in.
- Letting your voice take a ride on the exhaled air say, “hi.”
- Now try it with other things you say. My clients and I do food & beverage orders & then move on to presentations & the like. 🙂
— Christopher Jones (@ccjones13) August 15, 2016
There was no end to the amount of tweets I found when I looked up the hashtag i hate my voice. I just put a few funny ones in this article. It takes very little time to use a healthy & gorgeous voice. Follow the above directions or just call me. I’m here to make you #SoundAmazing. You’ll never have to say, “I hate my voice!” again. You’ll end up hearing, “I love the sound of your voice!” and “Will you please do the voice-over for the company video?” And you’ll say, “Not for free, buddy!” 🙂
Another I hate my voice tweet:
— Aria Carter (@AriaCarter19) April 1, 2016
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