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Good Vibrations

Putting Your Best Voice Forward

Is your voice attracting others or pushing them away? Is it promoting you, or is it an invisible barrier to your success? Your voice can be a powerful asset, or a frustrating handicap.

Several months ago, I received a call from a stranger. The voice that greeted me was strong, friendly and confident. It sounded successful. Instantly, everything inside me seemed to say, “Wow! You sound like a great person. I want to work with you!” We had a pleasant conversation, and after hanging up the phone, I wondered why my response was so immediate and powerful. After all, I’m a vocal coach. I’m supposed to listen objectively, not emotionally, right?

Sometime later, I received a voicemail that, within seconds, created the very opposite reaction. It had nothing to do with what was said. It was just a simple request for information. But the sound of this voice instantly put me on guard, at a gut level. It seemed immature, suspicious and defensive. I actually shivered and muttered to myself, “Ugh. Stay away from me!”

If a vocal coach, someone who listens very carefully, even analytically, can be affected so immediately and deeply by the sound of another’s voice, how much more must the average person be affected at unconscious levels by the voices they encounter?

Quite a bit, it turns out. New research from a company in Austin, Texas, shows that the sound of your voice matters twice as much as the content of your message. And research from Duke University and UC San Diego, shows that CEO’s with deeper voices earn more money and lead larger companies than their higher-pitched peers. Your voice matters.

You’ve been speaking since infancy, giving very little thought to the process, and you’ve probably never worked with a vocal coach. So it’s quite likely you’re using only a fraction of your potential voice. Furthermore, your voice is probably distorted by tension, bad habits and lack of technique. To make matters worse, you assume your voice is natural, that it can’t be changed, like your height or the color of your eyes. Fortunately, that’s not true.

I’m happy to say that everyone has the potential for a good voice, a voice that’s clear, rich, expressive and effective. It doesn’t just sound good, it feels good and communicates well. Your best voice makes others want to connect with you. Training with a vocal coach will help you discover that voice.

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Free SpeechMaster Class

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 12
7:00 – 9 :00 PM
Location: 434 Queen St East, Toronto, ON

Guest Instructor:
Patrick Williams, Sliding.ca
Topic:Perfect Presentations


Speak with your whole body.  Weak, raspy, monotone voices imply too much effort is focused in the throat. Relax your whole body, breathe with your whole body and speak with your whole body. Imagine you’re a big bell, giving off sound vibrations from every square inch of body surface. You’ll spread the effort around, so your voice feels better, sounds better and has more impact.


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