Wednesday, April 21, 2010

3 Steps For a Hot Speaking Voice

Think your visual image is the only thing that makes you hot? Imagine someone who is dressed with just the right look. Their hair style is in the latest fashion. Their cologne, aftershave, or perfume draws you in; and, then, they open their mouth to speak in a whiny, nasal, high-pitched voice. No matter how fantastic they may appear, the image you just had of that individual is not quite as hot as it was before they hit you with a sound akin to nails on a blackboard!

If you are concerned about the image you project and are looking for ways to improve that image, do not forget your speaking voice. A voice that attracts others is rich, warm, resonant and most likely deeper in pitch than your habitual voice. It vibrates in your chest when you speak and not in your nose. And, it is captivating - in other words, hot!

While tone - the expression of a mood or emotion - certainly has much to do with how interesting your voice sounds, it is not what makes for a sexy voice. The latter can only be achieved if you learn how to place your voice properly. What makes George Clooney's or Kathleen Turner's voice so sexy? They both use their chest cavity to power and amplify their sound, something the majority of the population is not doing because most people are unaware of this technique.

There are a surprising number of great voices that are not being heard because they are being forced from their voice box, throat, mouth and nose. And, while all 4 of these cavities are invaluable in the production of voiced sound, without the chest cavity, (the 5th and largest of your resonators) involved in this production, your voice will not have the ability to display the wonderful warmth and sexy quality that we hear both in Clooney and in Turner.

There are 3 things you will need to do break your old habits and instill new ones:

1. Learn to breathe with the support of your diaphragm. It is your first priority if you want to find your 'real' voice. (It will also improve your sexual experience - more about that in another article.)
2. Find the optimum pitch of your speaking voice. 99% of the people will discover that their optimum pitch is lower than their habitual pitch. (Pitch refers to the highness or lowness of sound - not volume which deals with the loudness or softness.)
3. Use your chest cavity to power your voice.

If you follow the above 3 steps, you will sound sexier; you will probably look sexier; and, you most definitely will feel sexier. Just how hot do you think your voice could be?