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Glasgow Public Speaking Coach on: Step by Step Guide to Develop a Better Speaking Voice

Here is a step-by-step guide for developing your speaking voice based on the key points provided by Public Speaking Coach Mark:

Speaking Voice Glasgow
Speaking Voice

Step 1: Improve your breathing technique

  • Practice diaphragmatic breathing by standing against a wall with your back straight.

  • When inhaling, focus on allowing your abdomen to expand rather than your chest.

  • Exhale by propelling air up from your diaphragm beneath your solar plexus.

  • Take deeper breaths and exhale steadily using your diaphragm for support.

Step 2: Develop resonance in your voice

  • Hum while focusing the vibration on your lower forehead to achieve "head resonance."

  • Let more air flow through your nasal passages to amplify resonance.

  • Listen to examples of resonant voices and aim to emulate their rounded, ringing tone.

Step 3: Lower your pitch slightly

  • Identify your normal speaking pitch and aim to lower it by about a musical "third."

  • Use the first two notes of the Star Spangled Banner as a guide for how much to lower your pitch.

  • Don't force an unnaturally low voice, just a subtle drop in your usual pitch.

Step 4: Eliminate vocal patterns

  • Record yourself speaking and listen back for repetitive patterns like uptalk, singsong, etc.

  • Imitate vocal patterns from speakers you admire to break monotony.

  • Vary your tone, stress, and rhythm instead of relying on one way of speaking.

Step 5: Improve diction and pacing

  • Articulate endings clearly, don't drop sounds like “-ing.”

  • Slow down your rate to enunciate each word fully.

  • Avoid sloppy, breathy diction by over-pronouncing slightly.

Step 6: Relax your vocal apparatus

  • Do jaw massages and neck stretches to release tension.

  • Hum and vocalize to loosen up.

  • Breathe through a straw to practice steady airflow.

Step 7: Continue daily practice

  • Record yourself regularly and listen back to monitor progress.

  • Hydrate and warm up your voice before extensive use.

  • Preserve your voice by avoiding smoking, yelling, or overuse.

With regular practice using these techniques, you can develop a more authoritative, resonant, and expressive speaking voice over time.


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