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Mechanics: Under Pressure

Do any conversations benefit from being conducted under pressure? Conversations can, and are, conducted under stress every day. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be as, or more, productive without it.

Our own physiology is at the heart of the matter. Your brain creates a cocktail of electrical current and chemical chasers under pressure that makes it harder to make sound. This means that your path to better conversations when the stakes are high begins in your body.

You likely already feel this and engage with it. Making sure you get a workout, trying to sleep well before you present, and perhaps even setting aside time to quiet your mind. All of these will help you, no doubt. Still, the skill of moving through a charged state also involves observing your body.

What do you experience when under stress?

How does your unique physiology manifest in your life?

There is potentially a lot to unpack here. You could be navigating chemical imbalance in your neurology. You could simply have no practice at paying attention to yourself in this way. But it is important.

Your voice is nothing less than the way you manifest your intentions audibly for the world. It is how many of us enter the room. The voice is also merely a reflection of our impulses and intentions.

It is crucial to realize that your body holds no malice towards you. Even in the case of outsized reactions and chemical imbalance, your body holds no malice towards you. It is trying, perhaps improperly, to keep you alive. Your physiology holds you in the highest regard, you are its Precious.

When you engage with yourself, you can work with how you actually work. This is a much more authoritative way to enter the room and work with others.


Pressure Break — Turn Up the Volume

Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay.  She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user.  Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker.  For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.

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