You probably know that World Voice Day was April 16th.
I did not.
You probably know why we each sound so different.
Or do you?
In a given choral group, there might be four or more sets of voices, bass, alto, tenor and soprano, etc.
By why in most cases are the men in two different sections and the ladies in a separate two?
Why does our speaking voices vary between people, from high pitched squeaky to low pitched growls?
According to the American Academy Of Otalaryngology there are specific reasons.
Here’s The Reader’s Digest Version.
There are three main parts of voice production; the power source (your lungs), the vibrator (your voice box) and the resonator (your throat, nose, mouth and sinuses).
The air from your lungs provide an airstream which in turn provides energy to the vocal chords to produce a sound.
The air stream then passes between the vocal chords which are soft.
The vocal chords are set into vibration by the passing airstream.
The vibration varies between 100 to 1,000 times per second.
Pitch is determined by the length and tension of the vocal chords.
Average length of a male’s vocal chords?
17mm to 25 mm.
12.5mm to 17.5 mm.
We are each unique.
DNA, finger print, voice.
There are no two of us alike.
So, go into your day knowing that you can not be replicated.
Need a conversational ice breaker?
When someone introduces themselves to you, compliment them upon their voice and it’s uniqueness and explain why it is like no other.
They will be drawn to you and within minutes you will be building a relationship.
Have your students demonstrate individually to the class their unique voice.
It will give them a sense of being special and also teach them to listen to the individual voice, not the massive wall of sound coming at us each and every passing day.
Use this as a group experiment in a corporate training session.
Have everyone talk at once, then have them speak, one individual at a time.
When our customers, clients and co-workers sense one’s voice is an individualized instrument of communication, they will listen more intently.
The more intently they listen, the better service they will provide.
Don’t like the way you sound?
You can’t change the length of your vocal chords outside of surgery.
But you can control your air flow.
You can control your posture.
That is why vocal coaches repeat over and over, “Stand or sit up straight. Speak, or sing, or play from your diaphragm.”
Your voice can be used to help you stand out from among the many.
It was given to you.
And people need to hear what you have to say.
Give them words worth listening to.
“How wonderful that your companions may listen to your voice; let me hear it too.” King Lemuel