Do you often talk in a soft and muffled voice? Have you ever been told by people to speak up or repeat yourself often? Such situations can be quite embarrassing though there are chances that you already know how to talk without faltering. You might have had a phone conversation in which the connection was poor or the recipient had a hearing problem when you spoke loudly and clearly without even being conscious of it. Thus, we conclude that human speech is a complicated process. The lungs, vocal cords and sinuses all contribute to the tone, quality and volume of human voice while the lips, tongue and other structures in the mouth control the way we form words. Most people are not trained to speak as it just comes quite naturally to them. We humans learn it by observing others. However, there are specific techniques that develop the quality and tone of the voice and allow us to speak loudly and clearly without vocal strain. If you can consciously make it a habit, then it would be a great way to get yourself heard all the time. Here are some tips to help you attain that.
Know Your Message Before You Speak
Understanding the message before you speak helps you to get rid of initial jitters. It also helps you plan your words and anticipate others’ reactions. If you are not sure about your message, you will not be able to state it with confidence. Avoid rushing into it without solidifying your stance.
Breathing Is The Key
Start breathing from your diaphragm. The vocal cords are just like reeds in a clarinet as they produce vibration as the air passes over them. The stronger the flow of air, the louder will be the sound. You can inhale and exhale deeply to increase the volume of air in the lungs. With this kind of breathing, your stomach will expand and contract with each breath.
Relax Your Shoulders
Tension in the neck and shoulders restrict the flow of air and constrict the vocal space. The vocal cords must vibrate together, but if the space is much constricted, it is like the dampening effect on the piano. In order to loosen the shoulders and neck, shrug the shoulders up and down and rotate the head in both directions.
Maintain the correct posture. Keep your shoulders neutral and your head centered. The ears must be in line with the shoulders and the chin must be in a relaxed position. Do remember not to jut your chin forward. Avoid drooping and keep the spine nonaligned and rib cage comfortable.
Speak In Natural Voice
You can speak in your natural voice. Speaking in a tone outside the natural voice can put more tension on the vocal cords. To find your natural voice, inhale deeply by opening the mouth wide. Exhale the air by making a ‘ha’ sound. Make your mouth wide open as you talk. Much sound will not come, as it has to sneak past the closed teeth and the lips.
Speak In An Even Voice
You must try to talk in an even voice, not letting all the air go into one phase and resulting in yell. Having taken a deep breath, you will have plenty of air to sustain you to talk the rest of the sentence.
You must avoid yelling as it tightens the vocal cords and causes damage. You can often practice this exercise to know the difference between yelling and volume control. Open the diaphragm to the rate of airflow and observe the way the sound gets softer and louder. You can do the same exercise and also try to affect the volume by tightening the vocal cords. While yelling, note the tension in the neck and strangled quality of the sound.
Do Not Get Scared Of Telling The Wrong Thing
Ensure you do not get scared of speaking the wrong thing. Once you commit a mistake, just as everyone else, you can correct yourself and carry on with the conversation. Some people are strong at this. If you need practice, understand that it is a skill in which you are not strong at, but something which you can master.
Slow Down Your Conversation
If you are talking too fast, it is considered as a symptom of nervousness. However, doing so will only make your speech seem inarticulate. So, while engaging in conversation, even while talking loudly, speak slowly to make the words understandable.
Practice Makes You Perfect
Though it takes a little time to perfect the technique, it is only through practice you can become a master in it. Practice makes you the president of a speech club in no time.
Tips To Remember
- Familiarize with the way of breathing, as it will help you raise your voice. Your lungs contain 1500 miles of airways and over 300 million alveoli. Every minute, you breathe 13 pints of air.
- Understand the reason why speak in a soft voice – is it because you are self-conscious and you dislike being forceful or confrontational. Addressing these issues will help you to be more comfortable in speaking up.
- The best posture to talk loud is while you stand up. Once you are in an erect position, your lungs will enlarge to the fullest ability. Your diaphragm will also be clear enough in order to raise your voice easily.
- Practicing yoga helps to get a kick in the voice as yoga exercises makes the lungs less stressed out. This enables you to speak loudly, maintaining the clarity.
- Ensure not to shy away from talking loudly. The sooner you get comfortable with the new loud voice, the better you feel after each conversation.
- Ensure not to strain voice. You can just speak strongly by letting the air out at an even speed.
- Make sure you do not shout while engaged in conversation as it can lead to damage to the voice.
- Never talk loudly in unnecessary situations as it is annoying and you will be greeted with weird looks.
- Always understand the fine line between talking loudly, and shouting at some one.
Speaking loud and clear makes your requests and complaints distinctive and reduces the chances of your point going ignored. It also reduces the need for long lectures and supplementary advisory statements. Avoid feeling as if no one is listening to you by making it unworkable not to understand your intentions. Clarity in expression shows your self-assurance and forces others to consider your requirements.