You say about 30,000 words a day. That's eleven million a year. That's equivalent to 110 novels. And with all the audio books being recorded and amateur pod-casting shows why is no one is talking about voices?
Have you ever considered the sound of your voice? In the book Voice and Diction it says, "People who have poor speaking voices - the kind that set your teeth on edge- are almost always unaware of this."
When I went into Broadcasting I had to read books about voice and I discovered the importance of it. It was the first time I ever considered the impression my voice left with people. Your voice is the sharp cutting edge of your personality. We all know that first impressions count. How you say something forms that lasting and almost permanent impression.
It's not just the pod-caster or the broadcaster that can benefit from improving skills and developing effective voice and speech habits.
Miss Manners, Judith Martin says, "If you are single, your speech may decide whether or not you will ever marry."
Arnold Aronson, head speech pathologist at the Mayo Clinic said, "The higher one ascends the socioeconomic scale, the greater the emphasis placed on pleasant, effective voices."
So you don't want to be rich or move up on the socioeconomic scale. Okay, I get that. But Bob Bartlett, News Director, KTAB-TV in Texas said, "While content is how a good piece should be judged, the audience has to hear the story first. If they don't like how you sound, they'll miss the rest."
People are hired on the sound of their voice alone. Political experts now agree that most successful candidates are elected not on the basis of what they say, but how they say it.
You say about 30,000 words a day. That's eleven million a year. That's equivalent to 110 novels.
And with all the audio books being recorded and amateur pod-casting shows why is no one is talking about voices?
There's speaking that turns people on, and speaking that turns people off.
The really great news is that it can be changed! With very little work you can exercise your voice and improve it.
This topic of voice is a primary Success Key straight into the other realm, the one that doesn't suck. I'll be broaching the subject a bit on this blog with helpful tips to groom your voice by.
Right now I leave you with a really cool Ted Talks by Julian Treasure, the Master of Sound, called, How to speak so that people will want to listen. In the latter half of this video Mr. Treasure gives voice exercises that he uses. They're simple and you can incorporate them into your life - Voila! Another Success Key to step into the realm of a life that doesn't suck. Enjoy and best of success to you