Experience Your Voice
Voices—I think they must go
deeper into us than other things.
I have often fancied heaven might
be made of voices.
Your voice is your fingerprint. It produces a sound that is distinctively yours. It belongs to you, and no one else.
That sound says as much about you as the words you choose. Produced confidently and fully, it can be the mirror of your soul. Produced carelessly, it can detract from what you have to say and even undermine you.
The first step toward fearless speaking, then, is to learn to produce a strong, relaxed voice that is easy to listen to, lively, and compelling. That voice is within you now. It just needs to be set free and kept healthy.
Before anyone else can enjoy your voice, you must learn to enjoy it yourself. To discover its true quality, its range, its power, its subtleties. To feel the strength and fearlessness that come with the free flow of your own sound.
In order to develop your own sound, you need to find it. That means recognizing and accepting your natural voice. You may not sound like James Earl Jones, or Diane Sawyer, or Charles Osgood. You will sound like you. There is a wide range of sound you can explore.
In this chapter, you will begin the search for your true voice. You will learn to relax, to breathe properly, and to produce a pleasing, resonant sound.