It Starts With Your Breath

Developing your own distinct voice is not reserved just for the professional vocalist or public speaker – it’s important for everyone. It’s not only what you have to say (or sing), but it’s also how you do it. The rhythm, volume, pitch, clarity, texture, control and power of your voice are all elements that paint a kind of sound picture. They give information to others (unconsciously or not) that helps them form an impression of who you are. The sound of your voice affects each person who hears you and how they respond to you. Whether you are in a conversation, singing in a concert or are completely silent, your voice (or the absence of it) does make a difference in your world.

So, I invite you to go on a journey with me exploring all things vocal: what makes your voice work and how to use your voice effectively in everything you do. It starts with your breath…

It takes about 10 seconds to take a full in and out breath. Because it’s part of the autonomic nervous system in your body, breathing happens by itself without having to do anything at all to keep it going. (Isn’t it great that we don’t have to remember to breathe all the time? Sometimes I can’t even remember where I put my car keys.) The good news is that wherever you are and whatever you are doing, you can drop in to awareness of your breathing simply by giving it your attention. This can help you come back in to yourself and give you a moment of rest or peace, even right in the middle of a busy afternoon. It can also enable you to breathe more deeply than you have been breathing, maybe all day. This simple nurturing moment is available to you at any time because wherever you are, you have your breath there with you. It’s easy and feels good, and it’s free! All you have to do is remember.

Do you have 10 seconds?

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