SPECIAL TRIVENI PROGRAMME-------------------------
VOICE IS YOUR POWER
Many wonderful men and women can’t
appreciate what nature gave them. Men
squeeze all the attractive life out of their
voices by trying to make them sound deeper
than they really are. Women adopt a phony,
sing song sound, but it just isn’t natural.
Each voice is as unique as a snowflake. Voice-
prints are sometimes used like finger prints in
security systems. That’s how distinctive each
The secret is not to try to have a voice that’s
a carbon copy of someone else or attempt to
change what nature gave you.
But what you should do is learn to enhance
the voice that nature has given you.
Here is a system check in four areas:
ØVOCAL VOLUME LEVEL
ØTHE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF
There is a difference between not being heard
(being inaudible) and not being understood
(being unintelligible). Sometimes people
confuse the two. Unintelligibility may be
caused by problems with articulation and
pronunciation. People with poor articulation
can sound throaty because their tongue is
pulled too far back, or they may sound muffled
because they don't move their tongue enough
when they speak. Both problems affect our
ability to be understood. Make sure your
tongue is positioned toward the front of your
mouth and that you use your tongue to clearly
enunciate your words.
2. CONTROLLING VOCAL VOLUME
Imagine that your voice has a volume knob
with five settings:
Do not use volume levels 1 or 5. Both can
strain the voice. Yell only in an emergency and
save your whispers for the library, theatre or
Strive to speak most of the time at volume
level 3. Use levels 2 and 4 for color, emphasis
and variety. A conversational level will differ
with each situation. While presenting a night
programme of soft nature your voice should be
little towards whispering because the listener
may not like a loud voice when he is in his
bedroom and looking for peace. You could be
little louder when presenting a programme of
3. PROJECTING THE VOICE
Volume level should not be confused with
projection. To project the voice, don't try to
yell or force it out of your body. This causes
strain. To have a voice that carries well, you
must use your body's natural resonators.
Your body has three resonating cavities: the
voice box, the mouth and the nose. The voice
is produced at the vocal chords and then
amplified in the facial mask around the lips
and nose. To have a beautiful voice and
project it without strain, you must focus your
voice in the facial mask, blending the oral and
The simplest way to find your facial mask is to
hum. Try it now. HMMMMMMMM. Good. Now
practice alternating humming and speaking.
HMMMMMMy name is Shyamal. HMMMMMy
favorite color is blue. HMMMMany people say
I'm a great dancer... etc. Have fun with it.
Practice humming and speaking throughout
the day. Once you get the hang of what a
resonant voice feels like, you can drop the
hum and feel the vibration of your words in
your facial mask.
For good voice projection, try the following:
ØSpeak with authority.
ØUnderstand the causes of difficulty with and
implications of unhealthy voice production.
ØDiscover how relaxation, breathing and vocal
exercises can improve projection, clarity and
reduce vocal strain.
ØPractice techniques to prevent and cure any
vocal strain or lack of projection and clarity.
ØLook at the effects of posture and tension on
ØTake part in voice and articulation exercises.
Understand resonance placement and the
effect this has on projection, clarity and
4. THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF
There is often a strong psychological
component to communication difficulties. Soft
speakers may unconsciously be trying to hold
themselves back, inhibit their self-expression,
or stifle themselves, and these factors should
You can improve, once you explore your
How to nurture a good and healthy voice?
- Breathe properly.
- Breathe through your nose, rather than
- Beware of your posture. Keep your upper
chest, shoulders, neck and throat relaxed
when breathing in or when exhaling and
letting sound out.
- Speak slowly.
- Instead of focusing on your throat, imagine
that the sound originates from your
- Relax your jaw and tongue and unclench your
- Stay within your comfortable vocal range.
- Vary the tone/pitch of your voice.
- Use your breath to power your speech.
- avoid vocally-harmful habits (e.g. clearing
your throat, holding your breath, speaking
quickly, speaking with insufficient breath).
Sometimes you clear your throat because you
are dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid
dehydration. It will also help you to maintain
right viscosity of the mucous in your mouth
- Instead of clearing your throat in a harsh
manner, sigh as an alternative measure.
What to do before going on Air?
-Always warm up your throat just as an athlete warms
up his/her muscles to prevent injury.
-To loosen your body, rotate your neck slowly
and stretch your torso and limbs.
-To loosen the jaw, yawn and/or make
chewing motions. Massage your face,
especially the nexus of muscles at the hinge
of your jaw.
-To limber up your lips, jaw and soft palate,
say tongue twisters/the alphabet/any short
text, making sure that you articulate very
-Take a few quiet moments to focus on your
breathing as well as to collect your thoughts
before you speak.
Now some tips about the life style:
- Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeinated
- Avoid late night parties as it could spoil your
voice quality and concentration both.
- Massage under your chin to increase the flow
- To clear excess mucus and lubricate the
vocal tract, use steam inhalations
- Avoid speaking when you are tired or ill.
- Avoid speaking when you feel that your voice
-Arrange for some quiet periods at least once
- Seek medical attention immediately if you
experience vocal strain.
- When suffering from a sore throat, try not to
use anaesthetic sprays/lozenges if possible.
- When you have laryngitis, inhale steam to
soothe and relax the larynx instead of drinking
- Eat a balanced diet to achieve/maintain
- Dairy products may increase phlegm.
- To prevent heartburn and a reflux of stomach
acids into your vocal passage, avoid
acidic/spicy foods, eating late at night,
caffeine and overeating.
- Give up smoking. Smoke and other aerial
pollutants irritate your breathing and vocal
apparatus. There are also other well-known
health risks associated with smoking that can
be reduced if you do not smoke/breathe in
- Certain medications may dehydrate the
body/vocal passage. Others may stimulate or
sedate the body, respectively causing your
vocal passages to constrict or making you feel
- To compensate the drying effect of any
medication, drink extra water.
Language is a gold mine which makes a big
Change. Dig deep into it, build your vocabulary
and dive for unlimited treasure which has
remained there untapped for a long time.
Rediscover yourself with your own Speech.
ØSpeak from the depth of your heart, speak your mind
and feel your nerves pulsating the sound of your voice.
ØElectrify the listener with your presentation. Don’t let
butterflies quiver you and chase away the nervousness.
ØVisualize your listener as an individual not as a mass of
ØVisualize the listener at dinner table. It works great to
create a feeling of intimacy and trust.
ØYour tone of voice is closely linked to your face
expressions. A frown on your face will make your voice
sound harsh and cold but a smile will warm up your
voice, making it sound warm and inviting. A smile with
the speech takes you to miles.
ØEvery Word has a meaning. Work on building
ØAvoid beating around the bush. Say clear, be brief and
do not fumble. Confusion lands you and the listener into
more confusion. Do not bluff or fool yourself but blur out
sensibly even if words are not meant to be spoken. Use
tact, speak truth but know realities too and act sensibly
to it. Convince your listener.
ØCultivate a positive attitude. Be positive, prepared and
well aware. Work on memory improvement levels. Get
mirror practice and check your expressions too.
ØAdjust the Bass, volume of your voice like the sound
system. Start with soft notes. Good beginning is best
otherwise it’s shrieking from the start. Feel humor, feel
happy, calm and composed.
ØExpressions reflect your inner feelings and your speech
is based on your thoughts. Let your speech and
expression be your asset.
Your voice can have a profound impact on how
successfully you influence and persuade
others. Your voice effects how seriously you
are taken… how respected you are… the
results you get not only with the listeners but
also with co-workers, friends and family
members in your personal life.