Developing a speaking voice is extremely important for debating, making speeches, and even ordinary day-to-day interactions. The voice is one of the most important powers a human has. It can be used to convince people to do great good-or to start wars, raise mobs, burn witches. A persuasive speaker can get himself into good jobs, can have better marriages, and can interact well with friends.
Enunciation is an important part of speaking. Mumbling is a huge turn-off to people trying to listen and comprehend what a person is saying. Over-enunciation can be a problem as well. If you find yourself having to open your mouth hugely and pronounce every syllable loudly, you may be doing something wrong. A good, easy to listen to speaker will speak smoothly, intelligently, and loudly enough to be heard.
One thing to try to improve your voice is to look at yourself in a mirror and talk to yourself while trying different “voices.” Watch how your nose and mouth move as you speak. Focus on “feeling” where your voice is coming from. If your voice sounds nasally and annoying, breath in deeply through your mouth and concentrate on speaking with your throat. If a voice sounds pleasing to you, chances are other people will like it as well.
Another problem with many speakers is the tendency to speed up or stutter while talking. This is usually caused by nervousness. Being relaxed helps the speaking process. If you can’t help being nervous, put special concentration into saying your words slowly, keeping your tone and volume level, and speaking calmly. A shaky voice, a stuttering voice, or a fast and loud voice are all annoying habits that “turn off” people you are trying to talk to.
Drinking warm water or honey/water mixture can make your voice softer if you have a naturally grainy or harsh voice. Practice saying enunciated syllables that you may have trouble with, such as “T” or “Th” or “R.” Learn where to put your tongue on your teeth or how much air to put into saying it. Practice makes perfect when trying to improve your voice. For a while you will need to spend extra time and attention on how you speak and how you form words. Try to detect any problems by talking to yourself at all times of the day.
Moods such as anger, sadness, and happiness/hyperactivity can also change the way you speak. Practice controlling yourself from speaking in a higher voice while angry or a lower voice while sad. Sometimes these changes can be frustrating and annoying to other people.
I cannot enforce the point of practice enough! A few weeks of this regimen will greatly improve your speech patterns and other peoples reactions to you. Good speech is very important for many aspects of life, and you must master this tricky but useful skill.