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Tips on training your speaking voice

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You can increase the capabilities of the voice you were born with by training your speaking voice. A professional voice trainer/coach is always a good idea, but you can learn much on your own without spending a dime.

Listen to a recording of yourself practicing.
Listen to a recording of yourself practicing.

  • Warm up your voice, tongue, and lips before any practice or performance. Not only will your voice be able to do more after warming up, your voice will also stay in better health.
  • Play with your voice. Practice saying a sentence with different inflections, accents, volumes, pitches, and speeds.
  • Listen to a recording of yourself practicing. Use a quality recording system – a poor recording will give you a false impression of your voice. Once you are no longer self conscious of the sound of your voice, you can hear areas in which you need to improve.
  • Speak in a large empty room. See what it takes to be heard clearly – without shouting – on the other side of the room.
  • Try over-articulating. You might find that what you consider exaggerated articulation is actually what a new normal should be for you.
  • Read aloud. When you are alone, practice reading newspapers, magazines, and books as if you are a broadcaster or storyteller.
  • Practice with a friend. Try out different voices on each other. Try to imitate each other.
  • Watch and listen to professional actors, broadcasters, singers. Observe how they articulate and project their voices.