Some of you will not be surprised to hear me recommend that you record and listen to your voice. The fact remains, you cannot hear your own voice as others do so you don’t really know what you sound like.
Adding a new wrinkle, we are all working from home and have little control over how the technology on the other end is rendering our voices. But, we can check how our system is sending out the sound to a well-equipped recording platform. In other words, you need some of your Zoom recordings.
The object is still the same. Listen without judgment. If there is distortion on the call try to remember what the signal was like and if you had trouble hearing others. Listen carefully to your voice at a medium volume. And ask yourself some questions.
- Are the words clear?
- Can you be understood?
- What about the volume and clarity of the sound?
- If that were not you, what would you believe about the person that speaks in this way? Does that align with what you would like to convey?
Once you have listened to and assessed several recordings you can begin to get a feel for your digital sound. You can also immediately improve your sound through the use of an inexpensive external microphone. I recommend this one as it is consistently the best microphone for speech quality. One reservation: The stand that comes with it is pretty flimsy so you might need to upgrade that at some point. I also recommend that you can also use headphones through the microphone interface to give you feedback on your sound.
This Friday at 12:30 pm EDT, Gina will host an office hour over Zoom that will also be live on FB. These will be short voice alignment sessions aimed at voice skills building. Come to the Zoom for the session and/or to ask any questions you have about voice function or practice or just join me over FB Live. Register here or watch it live on the GROW Voice FB page. I hope to see you there.
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.