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Vocal Communication

Posted on: September 29, 2010

The Voice…Your Second Face

 Your voice reflect how you perceive yourself

It reveals your thoughts and feelings

 Kirstin Linklater, an expert in the field of vocal production says, “Muddy thinking is the fundamental obstacle to clear articulation.  Blocked emotion is the fundamental obstacle to a free voice.”

  • How clear is your thinking?
  • How free is your voice?

 Communication is a contact sport.  Through your voice, manner and bearing you make emotional contact.  Miss that connection and you miss the power to persuade.  One of your roles as a presenter is to establish a relationship between yourself, your material and your audience.

 Every time you present you are giving part of yourself.  When you shut down you make yourself less available to yourself and to others.

 Self-esteem and confidence make it easier to be assertive.

 What we give to our audience is what we get back.  What are you giving?

 You set the tone.  You decide how we will be perceived.  What is your choice?

 The role of the messenger is to support the message.  If there is a mismatch between what you say and how you say it, what do you think your listener will believe?

 If a large audience intimidates you, speak as if there was only one person listening to you.  Make that person your best friend.

  •  What does your voice mean to you?
  •  What qualities in a voice do you like/not like?
  • What have people said about your voice in the past?
  • How would you like your voice to sound?

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2 Responses to "Vocal Communication"

Elizabeth, some good advice. I had an interesting conversation on the phone recently with an NLP coach, who I had never met. She actually commented that my voice portrayed me as someone who was direct and grounded, which was very accurate. If your communication style is congruent with your personality do you need to change the style for a particular audience or is it better to stay as yourself. I would be interested in your thoughts.

Stay true to yourself. That doesn’t mean to say that you won’t want to have a variety of voices in your repertoire. Our voices resonate from different parts of the body – head, chest, core and spaces in between.

How grand to be told your voice sounds direct and grounded.

Warm regards

Elizabeth Kuhnke Diamond Polisher

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