While 55% of the image you project when you meet some is attributed to your physical being, have you ever considered what your voice says about you over the phone where there is no visual? If you have never met the person on the other end of the line, what impression do they have from the sound of your voice? How many times have you been surprised when you actually met someone after having spoken to him/her through a phone wire?
We are all concerned about the image we project. From our head to our feet, we care what others think about us. If your visual image is positive but your voice a negative, you might consider voice training because you do have a better voice inside of you. We all do.
Richer, deeper, and resonant, your true voice does not sound too young or too old. It is ageless and sounds mature. When I discovered my true voice in graduate school, it improved my career dramatically because I was able to land the jobs I wanted in New York City. The image I projected at the age of 24 was one of confidence and professionalism.
Not only did I get the jobs for which I applied, but I was also offered a job with the Aspen Music Festival as Director of Public Relations. This was not a position I was seeking and had never met the administration in a face-to-face contact. All of our meetings had been held over the phone. When I told them I knew nothing about public relations, they assured me that I could handle the position. They had confidence in my abilities. Why? Because of the image I had projected in our phone conversations.
Do you think people feel confident or assured of your abilities when you speak to them. Is your voice nasal, whiny, shrill, whispery, childlike, or hoarse? Perhaps your diction is not clear or you mumble or have lockjaw. Do you yell or shout when you try to increase your volume? Maybe you talk in a monotone putting your listeners to sleep?
Voice training covers all of these issues. Plus, once you learn how to power your voice by means of your chest cavity, you will discover the best means of controlling your nervousness in any type of public speaking, definitely one of the greatest bonuses of finding your true voice.
What image is your voice projecting, especially over the phone?