"A person's voice directly creates a complete picture of a person in our minds. We immediately have an idea whether we feel interest or whether we encounter resistance within ourselves. How educated, how passionate, how successful someone is - we imagine we recognize all these things when we hear a person speak for the first time. This is what speaker and coach Dr. Monika Hein claims. The experienced coach knows: "That's why it's crucial in private as well as in professional life how your voice sounds."
And even more important: How do we actually want our voice to sound? Do we always know exactly what our voice does for our counterpart? Dr. Monika Hein: "Ask around in companies. Sometimes it's really scary how managers talk to their employees. Some sounds frighten rather than make others happy." The expert has studied the human voice. She has trained many actors and singers. In this magazine article she tells you how the right vocal technique can make you even more successful.
Dr. Monika Hein: "The voice - your natural instrument„
What ideas and strategies are there to use your voice in a targeted way? Can your voice be viewed and trained analytically - or do you use your speech organ more intuitively? Dr. Monika Hein: "I know exactly what image I want to create in my listener - and my voice reacts to this. So we are talking about intention and intuition. The expert says: "The task of a voice trainer is to show the student to get rid of his bad habits. The teacher should show the student what prevents his natural instrument from developing to its full potential."
What stops you from being audible? What prevents you from using your voice to inspire people? Why does your voice often not work the way you would like it to? Dr. Monika Hein: "There are many different reasons. On the one hand it can be that we are in Hectic are. Or that the daily routine at work is so stressful that the voice disappears. Then there are dogmas: Have you ever thought, "Nobody listens to me anyway?" Those are beliefs we never open our mouths with.
Get to know your voice
Status differences, low self-esteem and many other factors also mean that we do not become loud or audible - in some cases we do not even dare to say anything. Dr. Monika Hein: "And then there is also the ignorance about our instrument: Who actually knows exactly what he is doing? Our own experience is missing at this point. We are not speaking professionals, but we speak constantly. We talk all day long in many, many situations. So it is very advisable to get to know the instrument that we have in our throat."
We'll talk about the Bone conduction in a very different way than via the air pipe. This is why we sound different in our ears - and are surprised when we hear a sound recording of us. Dr. Monika Hein: "What helps? Get to know your voice. Record yourself as often as possible in different variations. And try out what your voice has to offer - it helps a lot in everyday life and at work! And if you still don't like your voice, then you should get to know your vocal mixing desk.
Dr. Monika Hein about your vocal mixing desk
The vocal mixer has seven controls that we can work with:
- Voice sound
- Sentence melody
With each of these controls the voice changes a little bit. Dr. Monika Hein: "The first control is the body or your posture. If you loll around in your desk chair or executive chair in front of you, you shouldn't be surprised if you don't sound particularly motivating. The body is your instrument. Straighten up! Your voice will sound completely different. Dr. Monika Hein: "Body tension helps to make it audible."
When we are emotionally agitated, we breathe in the upper chest area and sound tense, tight and no longer completely free. However, when we breathe deep into our stomach, the sound of our voice also calms down. And this is exactly what we want to do when we communicate with other people at work.
Dr. Monika Hein: "We have a whole range of tones at our disposal. This includes three specific parts in particular. We should speak in the lower third. Most people are not really aware that we should speak there. When we do, you can hear a small, subtle bass resonating along. It sounds warm and deep." When you leave this bass, you slide into the middle part of the vocal range - and that's usually exhausting for listeners because it contains a lot of treble and sounds shrill. And then there is another part on the keyboard - the head voice. Dr. Monika Hein: "When we speak there, dear ladies, we're not taken seriously." Your expert tip: Speak in the third part of your keyboard, the so-called indifference position. This transfers to your counterpart and makes your voice sound confident and powerful.
Dr. Monika Hein: "Articulation is what we do with our mouth. We have vowels and consonants. The consonants should be powerful and clear, the vowels need a little space. To be able to really pronounce the whole speech structure clearly, you can train your tongue.
Sentence Melody, Tempo & Emphasis
The last three controls are for speech formation. The melody, tempo and intonation give your words an individual touch. Depending on the message you want to convey, you can play with them to create different effects.
Dr. Monika Hein: How you powerfully present
Dr. Monika Hein: "There is no right or wrong - there are only free voices and less free ones. Little speech exercises help you to get a free voice. My tips are: Get to know and love your voice. You only have the one. Meet your conversation partner with respect, compassion, love and humour. And last but not least: Not everything has to sound beautiful. Your personality shines through. The word 'person' comes from Latin and means 'sound through'. Let your personality resonate through it. No matter what we say, no matter who we say it to, there will always be a feeling in the end."
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