Hello everyone, today we’re diving into a vital social skill set to enhance your success, with a touch of magic. We’re not addressing severe speech issues but rather everyday vocal nuances like nasal voices and lisps.
Perhaps you’re content with your voice, or believe that change is out of reach. However, just like any learned skill, your voice too has room for growth and transformation.
Envision your voice turning hypnotically beautiful with a simple exercise. Picture the rhythmic cadence of your words captivating listeners, each syllable a melodious note. This is the power we’re unlocking today, because why merely improve when you can truly mesmerize?
So, why should you be interested in enhancing your voice? What can you gain from this improvement?
- Communication: As our primary communication method is through voice, it’s vital to make it clear and understandable. We transmit information at approximately 1 byte per character, meaning even fast talkers can only manage a meager 1.8 kilobytes per minute. Coupled with unclear speech, monotony, or low volume, the communication can indeed become a mess.
- Attractiveness: The first obvious benefit, which requires no proof, is the clarity of your voice and minimal distortions. This appeal applies to both romantic relationships and societal interactions. Women typically prefer deeper male voices, and men prefer higher female voices, naturally without extremes.
The right voice tone and quality can significantly enhance communication, making you more appealing not only in personal relationships but also professionally. A good voice can be an asset in negotiations, presentations, and even everyday conversations with colleagues.
Thus, working on voice improvement can be an important part of your personal growth. It’s not just about the outward impression – it’s about how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you. Ultimately, your voice is part of your identity, and enhancing its quality can help you express yourself better.
A 2011 study found that both men and women lowered their voices when they found their interlocutor attractive. A low voice is hypnotically sensual.
This leads us to two primary benefits of voice improvement. The first one is technical – you become more understandable, while the second one offers social elevation – you become more attractive. Therefore, the bonus from voice improvement is similar to that of good physical fitness, intellect, or financial well-being; it’s more of a background advantage.
Now let’s delve into the process. To summarize, it’s crucial to establish new neuromuscular connections. You’ve gotten used to speaking in a certain way, precisely the way you’d like to change. It’s time for retraining.
Start with your posture: stand straight, even leaning against a wall for about 5 minutes. During this time, focus on abdominal breathing instead of chest breathing. Every 20-30 seconds, yawn audibly. This will increase your lung capacity and stretch your facial muscles.
Thus, voice improvement begins not only with speech exercises but also with physical preparation. Proper posture and abdominal breathing can significantly enhance your voice quality, making it deeper and more confident. Yawning helps stretch facial muscles, improving voice tonality.
Don’t forget about regular practice and constant self-monitoring. Continuous self-observation and self-correction will help you timely spot and correct potential errors and flaws.
The main exercise for improving your voice requires a wine cork and a page of tongue twisters. It might seem odd, but for many, this exercise proves most effective. No, you don’t have to drink the wine. Hold the cork horizontally between your teeth and recite tongue twisters for 10 minutes. You can substitute the cork with a pen or pencil placed near the canines and clamped down with your teeth. You can read any text this way, striving for clear pronunciation. The tongue keeps touching the pen, making you more conscious of its movement and encouraging clearer enunciation. The effect is noticeable immediately after removing the cork.
Your pronunciation will be poor, your cheeks may ache, and you can take brief breaks. Your speech will sound funny and garbled. It’s crucial to articulate endings and exert effort to pronounce all letters, especially endings. Besides improving diction, this will compel you to inhale more air into your lungs, eventually eliminating the issue of running out of breath by the end of a sentence.
If you tire of tongue twisters, open any book, like a self-development one, and strive to read it clearly and expressively. Dedicate 10-15 minutes a day to this practice. After about two weeks, you’ll notice the results. Others will, too. My flaw was speaking too fast, rushing to express my thoughts, which often led to slurred and swallowed sounds. Now I speak deliberately slowly, in a low, clear voice, sensually, hypnotically, manly.
Consider this direct voice training. It should be challenging. After 10 minutes with the cork and tongue twisters, your mouth will be sore, but you’ll be amazed at how easily you can articulate without the cork. Similarly, after voice cord exercises, your voice becomes loud without much effort. But be careful not to overdo it; they are muscles, and if damaged, things can go terribly wrong. Therefore, know your limits: 5-10 minutes for beginners, and not too strenuous exercises.
To observe the effects of an exercise, turn on your front camera and read a passage from a book or an article for one to two minutes. Then, repeat the exercise, but read different passages. The improvement will be immediately noticeable. Even if you only practice this for a month and then forget, your voice will still have improved permanently.
Let me share another exercise that will unlock your hidden vocabulary, teach you to form complex sentences, and overall make you a speaker akin to Socrates: Pick up any object and talk about it for five minutes. You can start doing this once or twice a day. Initially, finding words may be challenging, but within a week, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the progress.
In addition, there are biohacks for voice improvement, such as sports. It may sound trite, but it improves posture, lung function, and hormonal profile, which is important for those who speak too high, too softly, or start to lose consciousness due to lack of oxygen towards the end of a sentence.
For those with chapped lips, you can use lip balm. During the cork exercise, your lips stretch quite wide, and the balm, usually colorless but oily, can improve your facial expressions and articulation.
Stay hydrated. Hydration significantly improves pronunciation. A systematic review from 2019 directly states: systemic hydration is the simplest and most cost-effective solution for enhancing voice quality.
Multivitamins are beneficial for nerve-muscle connection. A 2018 study found that a deficiency in Vitamin D, which you’re likely lacking, can impede myelination. Myelin has numerous properties, including nerve conductivity; hence, its deficiency can slow down reactions. Vitamin B12 has also been associated with improved neuron functioning. If you’re sure of a specific vitamin deficiency, take it separately. Otherwise, opt for a multivitamin containing approximately 100% of the daily norm for all vitamins, taken every other day or once a week. This regimen is unlikely to cause hypervitaminosis, while gradually addressing any deficiencies.
Another biohack is Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium Erinaceus), which is reported to improve the creation and regeneration of nerve tissue. Four clinical trials on humans, all positive, suggest it as a preventive measure for neurodegenerative diseases. Indirectly, this effect helps speed up learning proper speech and enhances nerve cell formation.
In conclusion, it is feasible to significantly improve your voice within a month. The key benefits are becoming more understandable and pleasing to others. Straight posture, open shoulders, abdominal breathing, and articulating texts with a cork in your teeth will give your voice amplitude, volume, and clear pronunciation. Other useful practices include regular exercise, using lip balm, and staying hydrated. Beneficial supplements include multivitamins and Lion’s Mane, but the most important practice remains the cork exercise.
Your voice is a divine gift, share it with others!
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