Find your voice | Seths blog

Not your metaphorical voice. I mean your real voice.

It is quite clear to me that our voice is not the result of the inevitable physical development of our vocal cords. It’s something our brain has figured out how to deal with the part of our body that keeps us alive by breathing.

And because it’s a late addition, there’s a lot of cracks in the system.

Talking while breathing is the beginning of the challenge.

But it is also worth noting that the whole process is in the middle of a large number of sensitive muscles and nerves. This means that when we talk (calling attention to ourselves), we also try to keep all that stress at bay. Add microphones, Zoom and the high-tension world of being seen, and you can begin to understand why it’s so easy to get hoarse, to sound like someone you are not, to develop tics, to amplify your stress and a whole many other challenges.

If you do not sound like you, it could simply be because your brain is sabotaging what you are trying to say. I used to riff about “no one gets talker’s block”, but now I’m not so sure. I think most of us do.

If you have experienced any of this, I encourage you to find a good voice coach. Not because you’re a fancy keynote speaker who’s going to be on the TED stage. Simply because you have something to say and it would be nice to be able to say it without pain. It’s easier than ever to have a few sessions remotely, and many people I know have found it life-changing. You can find someone nearby or even watch some videos to get started.

The world needs to hear from you.

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