After reading our last article, you have probably begun to pay attention to the changes in your voice that occur depending on your social role in a given conversation. Today we’ll begin with three short exercises to help you develop a better feeling for your voice and to influence it in a targeted way.
The goal is to offer your conversation partner an acoustic meeting area with your voice. This area should be large enough that your partner feels like he or she is being spoken to – so you both can find a “shared wavelength.”
That’s why, for example, a deeper and fuller voice is often perceived as being more pleasant and more competent. However, it’s not about trying to speak lower or pressing your voice down. It’s about finding your own personal quality of vibration. Yet how can we find this?
Your voice is generated when air is transported from the lungs, through the neck, towards your mouth. Then, inside the neck, the vocal cords move as the air is flowing through them, thus producing vibrations in that airflow.
The best indicator for the presence of your voice is not how you sound, but rather that you feel your own voice. More specifically: that you feel the effects of the vibrations of your vocal cords in your head.
There are certain groups of sounds that help us with this process of feeling the resonance. These include sounds such as “m,” “n,” and “ng.”
This simple exercise to explore and expand your own vocal tone can even help you with a light cold or hoarseness in your voice: Without much exertion, simply try to hum while focusing entirely on the feeling of your voice on your lips. This relaxes the vocal cords considerably. As long as this feeling of vibration remains on your lips, your voice will not become completely hoarse.
With a little practice, hoarseness can be prevented entirely.
Repeat these exercises regularly! Experiment with these consonants and develop a feeling for your sound! Learn to feel your own voice so that in the next step you can develop it to achieve specific aims!
Have fun and good luck!