Make your voice rich, dulcet, and attractive. Avoid a voice that is throaty, rasping, nasal or otherwise poor. The quality of one's voice depends upon his personality and emotional and physical state.
Work for a Pleasant Quality
Make your voice rich, dulcet, and attractive. Avoid a voice that is throaty, rasping, nasal or otherwise poor.
The quality of one's voice depends upon his personality and emotional and physical state.
A warm, friendly nature produces a warm, friendly voice; hence, you should cultivate your capacities for friendliness.
The following are several bad voice qualities which you should avoid:
- Breathing - caused by failure to bring the vocal cords closely enough together.
- Metallic - caused usually by too much energy in making the tone and by tightness of throat muscles.
- Thinness - caused by lack of resonance.
- Hoarseness - caused by a cold or by strain through misuse.
- Falsetto - caused by getting resonance from the back part of the hard palate.
- Weakness - caused by too little breath and vigor.
- Nasality - caused by letting the soft palate fall down too much.
Don't Talk Through Your Nose
Nasality means shunting too much sound through the nose.
Talking through your nose gives a twangy effect to your speaking. Therefore, be careful not to nasalize the sounds which come before true nasal sounds and those which come after them.
When making the sound of M, and N, you must make your voice come through the nose with clear, unimpeded resonance.
You must keep the vowel and consonant sounds sharply separated. Send the nasal consonants through the nose and the vowels through the mouth.
Keep Your Speaking Voice Pleasing Low
A person with a low voice is a lot more comfortable to have around. Also, he is better able to make and keep friends. Therefore, cultivate a pleasant and low voice; however, your voice should not be so low that it is in your throat.
Remember that a low-pitched resonant voice is pleasing and kind to the ears and nerves of the listener while a high-pitched voice irritates and cuts aside from the fact that is indicative of nervousness, immaturity, lack of poise, excitement, and tension screaming for release.
If the pitch of your voice is so low that it is unpleasant or is hard to hear and understand, you should raise its pitch by tightening it.
If your voice is so high that irritate others, you should lower its pitch. You can do this by reducing the tension of the vocal cords and by doing practice exercises with open vowel sounds such as ah-ah-ah- or oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh . . . .
Be careful not to speak on the same pitch all of the time to avoid monotony.
Don't Speak in a Deadly Monotone
Remember this saying, "Variety is the mother of enjoyment" in your attempt to form your ideal voice.
A droning monotone bores others, reveals the speaker as being unimaginative, makes ideas seem unimportant, and kills enthusiasm.
Try to make your voice a vehicle for the expression of the thoughts and ideas you wish to convey and of your unique personality. Keep your speech alive by changing the pitch, force, volume, rate of speaking, and voice quality. Always strive for flexibility and ease of expression. Insure relief from monotony by working for greater ability to convey delicate shades of meaning and exact discriminations in thought and feeling.
Using OH and AH, practice saying the following to express: sudden pain, exhaustion, fright, sarcasm, hesitation, pleased, surprised, good-natured sympathy, and indignation.
Do this until you are certain that you have an excellent range and varied qualities in your voice.