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People who tend to feel self-conscious when reading in front of an audience put on a boring voice when reading aloud. The boring and flat tone of voice used by reluctant readers sends everyone listening to sleep! Here are some tips to bring life to your voice next time you find yourself reading aloud in a classroom, work or social situation.

You Gotta ‘Own It’
Due to nerves a lot of people read aloud either too quickly or quietly. When you ‘own’ your reading spotlight, you’re not in a hurry to get your bit over and done with. Occupy space with your voice and take as long as you need.

Punctuation Is Your Friend
When reading aloud the most important thing is that you have enough breath to get through to the next natural pause in the text. Punctuation in a text such as full stops and commas show you where you can next take a breath. Try to avoid taking a deep breath mid sentence as it will disrupt to flow of the text and make it harder for listeners to understand what you are talking about. Scan a little ahead of where you are reading to see where your next pause is. Then, when you get there, don’t forget to breathe!

Make The Words Dance
Your job as narrator is to bring life to the text and to indicate the important parts to the audience. You can do this by varying your voice in different ways as you read. One of the ways you can do this is by placing stress and emphasis on key words and phrases in the text.


 

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People who speak with charisma shine with life and vitality. In this post, you will learn that practising Shakespeare will help to develop the charisma in your voice. Follow this speaking skills technique to improve your speech and the sound of your voice.

What Does it Mean to Speak with Charisma?

Speaking with charisma shows that we that we are engaged with life, which allows us to communicate our desires to the world, This means that we have energy and also a full range of expression in the voice.

A person who has charisma is able to attract, charm and influence others. It is usually easy to identify a person who speaks with charisma because they shine and light up the room. However, often much harder to say exactly what quality a person has that gives them charisma. This is because there is more than one way to be a charismatic speaker!

A person who has charisma is able to attract, charm and influence others. It is usually easy to identify a person who speaks with charisma because they shine and light up the room. However, often much harder to say exactly what skills or qualities those people have that other, less charismatic, people lack.

In the video below, teacher Benjamin’s dynamic voice training exercise shows you how you can bring passion to your voice like a Shakespearean actor. By practising Shakespeare, it is possible to develop the charisma in your voice.

Benjamin recommends using famous lines from Shakespeare because the characters are in extreme situations. This means that we can be dramatic and passionate when performing the lines.

Use Tone of Voice to Speak with Charisma

In the above speech training video, we see how the same Shakespearean line can be read in a number of ways to show different feelings. With Benjamin’s instruction, I am shown how to bring charisma to the line in different ways through tone of voice. We should then bring this dynamism to our everyday speech to make a charismatic impression.


Extend Your Learning

In the video below, I practise the famous lines “To be or not to be” from Shakespeare. Practise these lines like a Shakespearean actor to develop the charisma in your voice.

◼️ Learn a technique for Warming Up Your Voice via the National Theatre.

◼️ Learn how to Grow Your Confidence and Skill to Shine When Speaking English.

Not liking the way your voice sounds is a common problem; my clients have often said to me: “I want to change my voice”. In this article, I will teach you a speech training exercise, which can improve the way your voice sounds. Follow the ‘recording yourself’ technique to change your voice, and to feel better about the way you speak and sound.

“How Can I Change My Voice?”

Changing your voice is practical and physical work in which change is achieved as a result of regular practice. It’s not possible to improve your voice merely by reading about how the voice works. You actually need to do the work or else your voice will not change.

“I Can Change My Voice by Recording Myself Speaking”

Recording yourself and then reviewing the way that you sound by listening again is one of the best ways to improve the way your voice sounds. The point of recording yourself is so that you can listen again and again to the way you sound. Over time you become really familiar with your voice. Doing this allows you to observe the aspects of your speech that you would like to improve.

Whenever you listen or watch one of your recorded speech performances, you should aim to give yourself constructive feedback. It’s a waste of energy to be self-critical about what you hear in your voice. It’s a much better use of your energy to focus on the improvements that you can see that you’re making. This is what helps you to stay motivated and enthusiastic about doing voice work.

“Changing my Voice Will Make Me More Confident”

People with communication blocks who have always struggled with issues related to speech and communication (such as shyness) will benefit greatly from recording themselves. This is because when you see or hear yourself in a recorded speech performance you may have an important realisation about the way you express yourself. This will lead to positive change, and feeling more confident about your speaking voice.

When you listen to recordings of your voice, there are many things you could discover. You might find that you are not as expressive as you had previously thought. You may realise that your speech is flat or boring. Having realisations like this makes you aware of how you sound to other people. This motivates you to change your voice by putting more effort into your speech.

Recording Yourself Should Be Fun!

Recording yourself is a useful method for changing your speaking voice as it allows you to experiment with your voice in a way that may not be possible in your everyday life. It’s a good idea to keep your voice work fun and interesting because it will help you maintain interest in what you are doing.


Extend Your Learning

Many people don’t believe that it is possible to change one’s voice. In the video below, I talk about the reasons who this is incorrect. You can change your voice, by doing regular speech practice:

◼️ Watch my video on “Why I Hate My Voice”.

◼️ Learn a technique for Warming Up Your Voice via the National Theatre.

I have worked with many clients over the years who have said, ‘I hate my voice’. In this video, I will talk about what it means to hate the sound of your own voice. I will also advise how you can improve your attitude about your own voice, so that you feel better about the way you sound.

Why Does My Voice Sound Strange when I hear it?

Many people don’t even recognise the sound of their own voice played back to them for the first time because it sounds so different to what they hear from inside their own head. This is because the way you hear your own voice is deeper and faster than it sounds to other people. When you hear your voice played back to you it sounds unfamiliar, which is why to hear yourself as others hear you is a strange experience for many.

Hating Your Voice: Psychological Meaning

On a deeper level, it means something much more significant to hate the sound of your voice. For some people it is a way that their issues of self-worth become apparent. People who are not happy with themselves do not like the way their voices sound to others. The issues they have about not being comfortable in themselves are manifest in how they feel about the way they sound.

The other group of people who don’t like the way their voices sound are the ones who just aren’t bothered to do anything about it because they don’t want the best for themselves. These people settle for second best in everything. Even if they are able to objectively observe in themselves that their voice sounds boring, it isn’t something that motivates them to change. They simply accept that they have a boring voice and that this is what they knowingly inflict on others in their social interaction.

How to Stop Hating the Sound of your Voice

Changing the way you feel about your voice makes your life better and improves the way that other people respond to you. To stop hating the sound of your voice, start thinking of your voice as a musical instrument. Since you play your instrument every day, why not make it an enjoyable performance to listen to? With regular practice you can get to a point where you can even delight an audience by using your voice. In doing so, deep healing and personal transformation is achieved.


Extend Your Learning

◼️ Read my article on How to Improve Your Voice.

◼️ Watch my video on Three Ways to Speak Confidently.