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“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”
The hyoid bone, a small U-shaped bone, is the only free standing bone in your body. It sits in the front of your neck between your chin and the thyroid. Apart from the basic need of swallowing, it serves a VERY important purpose. Unlike any other animal, the position of the human hyoid bone, allows you the most magnificent gift - the ability to SPEAK! Because of it, you can articulate a large variety of distinct sounds that communicates specific meaning to another person.
No human voice is exactly the same. Your voice is unique, special and different!
You have access to 24 notes in our speaking range and yet, most people will only use 3 notes by the time they become adults.
Why is this the case, you might be asking? After all, if you step into a playground, you will hear the gamut of musical sounds sung, shouted and expressed by children from the ripples of delight to the cries of a fall. However, it does not take long for this beautiful orchestra of music to be curtailed, shortened or in some cases be shut down by others. This could be for a host of reasons – the effects of your upbringing; the cultural climate you live in; gender related issues; expected conformity at schools; social norms and many others.
Have you ever been told you can’t sing? That your voice is too loud? That you need to hold back emotionally?
It does not take much to kill your range. After all, your range IS your emotion and your emotion flows through your voice expressing all of you - your thoughts, your ideas, your vulnerabilities and your personal conviction.
When you feel passionate about an idea and have the courage to speak it, you will produce a range of pitches - nuances of sounds that will reach out and touch the human heart. Sounds of meaning that effect change in others.
The great orators of our times understood this too well – Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy. They won hearts before minds with their voices.
So how can you start your vocal journey? How can you ensure you are not remembered as the presenter whose monotonous voice lulled everyone to sleep or the leader who lacked vocal conviction and could not inspire his team to take action?
Here are three simple things you can begin to do to increase your vocal range:
1) Hum up and down your range to access as many of of your 24 notes as you can.
2) Ham up or sing your message to free up the spoken word before speaking it normally again.
3) Be inspired to speak each new thought / emotion from a new vocal pitch. Remember, no two thoughts should ever sound the same.
Don’t fall into into the trap of being ordinary when delivering your message. Be extraordinary!
Invest yourself in what you have to say and allow your carefully chosen words to sing a song that will be ring in the hearts and minds of your listeners long after your presentation or communication is over.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”
Let your voice be the vehicle for authenticity, change, conviction and lasting connections!