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Is it possible to change the way my voice sounds?
Yes! Most people hold onto the false belief that they cannot change their voice. What they fail to realize is that every one has the power to change their voice. Using high-level biofeedback technology and expert coaching, you will be given the tools to articulate and present in a way that ensures that you will be heard the first time. No more beating yourself up for hating your voice. With coaching, you can stand out and be the envy of those around you. It is true that your physical size dictates the length and mass of your vocal folds thus defining the boundaries of your pitch. However, the resonance or overall tone of your voice depends on the openness of the back of your throat and the clarity of the speech sounds you produce. Learning to play your instrument correctly will take four to five hours of training and daily practice.
How do I become an effective and dynamic public speaker?
Invest in Voicetrainer, LLC and you will begin to see changes immediately. With Susan's help, you will create a killer strategy to wow your audience and leave an impression. In the current environment of short attention spans, you cannot afford to fail to captivate your audience. Your confidence will increase as we analyze and assess your strengths through video recordings. You learn how to craft a powerful message and deliver it with poise, impact and clarity. You may wish to register for one of Voicetrainer’s upcoming seminars to master these skills.
I'm too busy to meet in person. Do you have online coaching?
Yes! Missed opportunities cost the average professional revenue dollars each year. Online coaching is very effective, practical and convenient. Video-coaching will enable you to see yourself as others see you and provide you with an action plan to meet your objectives. Gain instant access to the tools that will make a difference in your career. It's time for you to stand up and be heard!
I'm introverted. I'm afraid that I'm too shy to become an effective public speaker.
Many of the world's most successful individuals are introverts. They do not let their introversion keep them from communicating their message with power. You don't need to be an extrovert to make your voice heard just be passionate about the topic. As you work with Susan to master the nuances of body language and effective presentation techniques, you'll realize that you can present as effectively as anyone you admire. Susan will give you the tools you need to overcome any limiting thoughts that you may have that are holding you back from presenting your thoughts powerfully.
I can't speak loudly in a noisy restaurant or be heard in a large meeting room.
Learning to breathe from your ribcage and relaxing your throat are the keeps to speaking with more power. In several sessions, Susan can teach you to master your breath and project your voice. And you won't feel that you are yelling! During the initial evaluation, we can determine quickly whether a visit to an otolaryngologist to observe your vocal folds is needed.
I was a professional athlete and now am a color analyst. Can I learn to speak dynamically and effectively?
Sports broadcasters must learn to articulate well and deliver on-target messages with poise and confidence. Speaking well is a skill that can be developed with exercise, practice and a positive mind set. Sound familiar! Get coaching and find as much power on camera as you did on the playing field.
I speak well in formal situations where I can practice but have difficulty answering impromptu questions.
You are not the only one. Many speakers excel at presenting prepared information but freeze when asked to speak extemporaneously. Don't let your increased heart rate, dry mouth and negative thoughts get in the way of sounding knowledgeable and confident. Learning breathing techniques using biofeedback software, strategic messaging and positive self-talk will enable you to process questions and respond quickly and masterfully.
Why does the pitch of my voice get higher when I become nervous or challenged?
Women especially may squeak when they get excited. Our gender and physical size dictates the length and mass of our vocal folds which defines the boundaries of our pitch, but women and men can learn to relax their vocal folds and throat when they are passionate about something. Your vocal folds tighten when you are tense and will vibrate faster resulting in a higher pitch. With Susan and Laura's coaching, you will learn to remain calm and assured as you face daily challenges at work. Don't be seen as out of control or emotional.
My accent is hindering me from advancing in my career. How can you help?
First, let's see if your accent is diminishing or enhancing your effectiveness as a speaker! A thorough evaluation of your diction, grammar, intonation and stress patterns during conversation and a short presentation, will determine your weaknesses. Let me help you develop a targeted strategic plan for improving your communication skills. Following an assessment, your weak areas will be identified and an action plan will be developed. Daily practice using digitized feedback may be necessary to help you to discriminate sounds and pronounce them correctly or stress the correct syllables within many syllable words. You may simply need to slow down and pronounce the ends of words or inflect your sentences downward.
I frequently need to repeat myself in order to be understood or taken seriously. How can you help?
Call your voice mail and leave yourself a message. When you play it back, analyze whether you are speaking too softly or too quickly. Is your speech imprecise with one word running into the next? Is your message too scattered lacking a succinct message? Do you stress the wrong syllable of words containing three or four syllables? Does your accent diminish your message? Speaking is a fine motor skill that requires crisp movements of the lips and tongue. When you are uncertain of our message, you won't be able to speak skillfully. Let us provide you with strategies and techniques to make sure that your messages are delivered clearly the first time.
I have been diagnosed with vocal nodules. will I ever be able to speak without hoarseness or sing again?
Start now to fix your voice! 99% of the time, voice therapy remediates vocal nodules. Vocal nodules or callouses on the front 1/3 of your vocal folds usually occur from using your voice too aggressively perhaps by coughing or clearing your throat continually, by yelling, speaking too loudly and incorrectly, and over-singing or singing outside of your optimal range. Learn how to use your voice correctly and your nodules should resolve within two to three months. In therapy, you will learn how to power your voice from your lower rib cage, open the pharynx or back of your throat and speak with a relaxed jaw.