"You have to be comfortable in your own skin". This particular sentence has been floating…
If you read this blog you are probably searching for ways to use your voice to its highest potential. To that end, there are many posts here about how to engage with clear intention in order to achieve clarity in your speech. That’s where things can get a little hairy. Intention happens in the mind and the mind is sometimes a very chaotic place.
When we imagine clarity of intention and the thinking of an authoritative voice user, we can imagine a meditative mind. The image of a vast expanse of water can establish this as the goal. I don’t know about you, but my thinking is way more chaotic than that.
The fact is that your thoughts are actively working through whatever you are. If you are busy, stressed, underslept, and dehydrated like most people in the U.S., your brain is abuzz with how to deal with all of those things before it can focus on what you are trying to say right now.
This is where chaos theory comes in.
Clarity in your thinking is not about clearing the deck of unnecessary thoughts. It is about seeing the patterns in your chaos and plotting a course for what you need to communicate at this moment.
People like to make jokes about how our brain works or doesn’t. We can get incredibly frustrated about deviations and deficiencies but, at the end of the day, this is your one, marvelous brain. You really do have to figure out how to navigate it. But, you don’t have to do it alone.
Hire a coach, read about how to clarify your messaging (my friend, Tamsen wrote this awesome book about this very thing), or about how you think (this is a favorite of mine). Lastly, if your brain has imbalances or divergence in chemistry or function, please talk to your doctor about it. After all, if you aren’t making a specific brain chemical, store-bought is just fine.
Gina Razón is the Founder and CEO at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service verbal communication studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over two decades of experience as a teacher of voice and speech, is a communication and change facilitator, and is 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.