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The Un-Voiced Benefits of Good Voice Training

Nancy Daniels, Voice Coach


W
hen I first started my business, my primary goal was to teach others how to improve the sound of their speaking voice and also to teach public speaking skills.


What I learned in those early years was that my techniques for voice training were resulting in a host of benefits that had nothing to do with the voice or presentation skills.

I had clients telling me that they were sleeping better at night; one woman was able to get rid of a tension headache simply by doing a few of the exercises I had provided when driving to and from work.

What you will discover with supported breathing is an improvement in the quality of your life.
What is the secret resulting in these benefits? In order to improve the sound of the speaking voice – or as I prefer – to discover your ‘real’ voice, you must first learn to breathe with the support of your diaphragm. Anything else is a waste of time because your ‘real’ voice must be powered by your chest cavity. That can only occur if you are breathing with support.

The majority of the population is not only renowned for being lazy or shallow breathers but they are also not using the chest to power the voice. Instead most people rely on their other 4 resonators: the throat, voice box, mouth and/or nose.

What you will discover with supported breathing is an improvement in the quality of your life. You will find that you handle stress better. Some people fall asleep faster at night; others no longer yell at their children (they project which is truly a blessing – kids don’t listen if you yell at them); and, you may find your blood pressure dropping.

People who are involved in sports, athletics,
The majority of the population is not only renowned for being lazy or shallow breathers but they are also not using the chest to power the voice.
aerobics or any other physical activity will discover that they have more endurance and greater control again by breathing with support. It certainly is an absolute for yoga! At first you will do this consciously; but, once it is a habit, you won't have to think about it again. A professional golfer, who came to me for work in presentation skills, found that breathing with support when she addresses the ball has improved her drive -- in Patty's case, her income is directly related to how well she hits the ball. What a wonderful benefit for this woman, a professional golfer, who had only wanted to feel more relaxed in public speaking!

Rod, a lawyer and a long distance runner, found that when he concentrated on breathing while jogging, he was able to run 15 minutes longer, although his leg muscles were not prepared for that extra mileage! There is no doubt that if you apply diaphragmatic breathing to any sport in which you participate, you will notice an improvement in strength, endurance, speed and control.
What I learned in those early years was that my techniques for voice training were resulting in a host of benefits that had nothing to do with the voice or presentation skills.


The un-voiced benefits of good voice training can change your life in ways you never imagined. What you will gain through deep supported breathing is the ability to control your voice as well as your nervousness in public speaking. It's a fabulous feeling; it's a relaxed feeling; it's a strength; and, if you do it correctly, it will give you a tool that you have never before experienced.





International Speaker and Voice Specialist, Nancy Daniels, has been involved in voice training since 1977. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in music, she discovered the techniques for improving the sound of the speaking voice while in graduate school at American University in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her guest speaking engagements, Nancy offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice training and public speaking skills throughout the United States and Canada. For those are unable to work with her directly, there is Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. her Voice Dynamic website.



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