Celebrating World Voice Day

WVD-ill_2BYesterday was World Voice Day! A day to celebrate our phenomenal voices. Now I don’t mean “One, Two, Three” La, la, la, but our speaking voices too!

We use our voices every day: communicating with other people: from asking (telling) people to move up in a crowded tube train, saying good bye to family, putting your coffee order in, speaking with colleagues and customers, etc. Everyone has their own tone of voice and many people are recognised for their ‘voice’ as every voice is unique. Here are my top reasons for celebrating our voices.

  • Every voice is different. Hearing particular voices prompts an emotion, whether it be security, fear (certainly hearing some of my school mistresses’ voices prompted that emotion), warmth, love etc. The memory of a voice is so strong! It is no accident that advertising companies spend so much time and money casting the ‘right’ voice for a voiceover in an advertisement.
  • Isn’t it GREAT that we can talk to each other; connect with others; have a laugh and a joke; socialise. Of course more people do this on line, virtually, but there is something really special about hearing someone’s voice and responding to that emotion (on the phone) or seeing them face to face.
  • Our voices express different emotions, from fear, love, passion, happiness etc. We just do it!
  • We have a unique volume control on our voices and can speak really quietly (whispering) through to shouting.
  • The voice is the ultimate emergency warning! Anyone that has a child that has run off or might be going near a busy road knows that automatically you shout to warn them of the danger!
  • The voice is also the ultimate seduction technique: text messages are no competition to a husky, sexy voice!
  • Mutism is a major challenge for anyone suffering from this phenomenon. You are unable to convey your feelings and needs without having to work extremely hard with gesticulations or writing down your needs. The voice makes your life much easier
  • The singing voice, at it’s best, is so beautiful and makes grown men cry when hearing it’s beauty.
  • The spoken and singing voice can be trained to do amazing things; to alter the tone of the voice and even to create a loud volume without straining the voice. This is what Executive Voice does.

What are your thoughts about the phenomenon of the Human Voice?

About the author

Susan Heaton Wright is a former opera singer who works with successful individuals and teams to make an impact with their voices and physical presence. Using her experience in using the voice and performing on stage, she works with people to improve their performances in a range of business situations; from meeting skills and on the telephone, to public speaking, presentations and appearing on the media.

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