It is important to remember that voice is impossible without breath. When we exhale, we create an airstream in the trachea that provides energy to the vocal folds in our voice box to produce sound. The better the breath - the richer the sound. Another way to put it, the better the breath - the purer the words.
When I coach clients, I will often stop them after they make several declarations and ask, “Did you hear what you just said?” Often, I’ll get a blank stare with that one-word question. “What?” Sometimes we don’t realize how powerful our words are and we need to be told that we just said something great. Other times, we need someone to stop us from using disparaging language directed towards ourselves that we would never dream of delivering to another human being.
- A good deep breath is never wasted.
- Slowing down speech to be thoughtful with what is said is never a sign of laziness, and talking fast is not a sign of being smart.
- There are thousands (and thousands) of words at your disposal. Don’t get trapped using language that stands still. You know you are doing it if someone can imitate you by using your overly spoken catch phrases. Be creative with your language; it keeps you interesting.