The Brain-Voice Connection(TM)

Accent Reduction, The Brain-Voice Connection(tm)

annabw1Understanding how the voice works is the brain-voice connection. This applies to both speaking and listening.

For example, the more you understand the role your brain plays in creating the sounds and effects you want to make, the more confident and consistent you will be about making them. Knowing your brain’s role in speaking equals a better speaker.

However, understanding how the brain listens is also crucial to speaking well. For example, the brain is always seeking patterns. When you speak, your voice is like a pattern to the listener’s brain. In order to keep the listener’s brain interested in you, it is necessary for you to vary your pattern. That way the brain of the listener will never know your pattern absolutely, and it will keep listening to you.

Other benefits include knowing how to breathe correctly, changing your pitch from too high or too low, learning to project your sound if you speak too softly, sounding confident when you speak, and even applying all this knowledge when you listen to a colleague speak. You can often benefit in negotiations if you understand why your fellow negotiator sounds the way she does. After all, she has the same equipment you do; it is pretty easy to deduce what is happening inside her head by reading her voice. Unless, of course, she has the technique to hide it from you!

These benefits equal better opportunities in work and life. The way I describe it to my clients is, everything you are as a person comes out in your voice. It is how you share your essence with the world. Let’s make sure you have a speaking technique that matches who you really are, so the world can really hear you and your unique qualities.

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