As probably the only female in the boardroom, you find yourself working hard to command attention from your male colleagues, and you are often concerned whether your ideas and insights are taken seriously. You believe that your voice puts you in disadvantage. It may be too soft to be heard, or too high-pitched to be taken seriously. At times when you want to be respected, you find yourself raise your voice like you are shouting, which makes you sound rude and does not work for you at all. You are not alone. Even the Iron Lady, Ms. Thatcher, at her early years was mocked for her screechy voice by all the men in Parliament and her opinion was completely ignored.
You don’t have to live with a voice that doesn’t work for you. You are not born with a voice that you can’t change. If Ms. Thatcher could achieve a reduction of almost half octave in pitch that helped her project authority, so can you. The key is in the placement of your voice.
Most people project their voice solely from their throat, which results in a thin, weak or shrill voice. To project a strong, full and rich voice, you have to place your voice from the heart center through engaging all the major cavities (nose, mouth, throat, voice box and chest). This will give weight to your voice and make you sound credible, authoritative, as well as humane.
Changing your voice is just steps away if you master the key. Even better, you’ll not only find improvement in your voice, but in the way you look at yourself and feel about yourself. The multitude benefits make your efforts in exploring your strong, full and rich voice worthwhile.