What are you waiting for?

When was the last time you really thought about your voice? It may have been when you were fighting that cold and sounded like Janis Joplin after a night of, well, cigarettes, booze, and other indulgences.

The truth is, like most of our body, we don’t realize how much we need and use our voice, until it doesn’t function for us the way we expect.

When we speak, we aren’t necessarily aware of our speaking habits, our accent (yes, we all have one), or how our words carry beyond our lips.

The truth is, we are acting in a global environment. If your words and your voice are NOT clear, then how can you expect clear results?

When was the last time you listened to someone, then tuned out because you couldn’t understand what they were saying? Or maybe they rambled on and on and you started thinking about what to make for dinner (admit it, we’ve all done that!).

Honour your voice and tell it you love it.

Thank it for communicating your needs so beautifully.

Part of the reason we wander off is our own attention span and thoughts, but another part of this equation is that person you’re listening to isn’t using their voice well enough to keep our attention.

Maybe they are speaking too quickly. Maybe they sound worried or sad, or maybe you can’t even put your finger on it, but you don’t want to listen any more.

Voices carry much more than words. They carry your emotions, your thoughts, how you’re feeling today. How many of you can tell how your spouse or partner is feeling, just from the way they say “hello” when you call them?

When you connect with your words and your voice more energetically (this is through using your breath, too), your words and story-telling will flow, and you’ll keep your audience more engaged, so that they will want to hear MORE of what you have to say.

So – the next time you’re speaking to someone – whether it’s a conversation, giving a presentation, or making a video, give some thought to your voice. Notice how it carries your thoughts, your intentions, your needs, your desires.

Honour your voice and tell it you love it. Thank it for communicating your needs so beautifully.

Then, the next time you’re speaking with someone, take the time to enjoy the words you’re speaking, or what you’re communicating. If you sing in a choir, tune in (pun intended), to how your voice carries the sound that creates the music. It’s a very spiritual connection.

Have a gorgeous week, and be happy and curious listening to your own voice, and the voices you encounter.

What are you waiting for? Speak now, listen to others, and get the results you’ve been wanting.

Jen Lang, Voice and Communications Coach

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