The Human Voice

Maria PellicanoBusiness Voice Coach, confident speaking, Mentoring, public speaking, voice, voice tone

The human voice is a brilliant instrument we all play, yet most of us don’t even think about the importance of this powerful organ till there is pain or if it completely shuts down.

It is reported that 7.5 million people in USA have a voice problem. 2/3 of all voice problems are due to bad use of the vocal muscles leading to swelling, nodules, cysts or bleeds in the cords.

With good vocal technique you will be able to control and effortlessly access your full vocal expression without creating injuries and fatigue.

Vocal tone quality develops and is being influenced by culture, beliefs and value systems. The voice is first heard by the baby in the womb at 36 weeks old. Babies are born with different sounding cry inflection based on the rhythm of their native language.

Even though the voice is the most powerful sound in the world, the only one that can start a war or say, "I love you”, many people have the experience that when they speak, people don't listen to them.

Vocal tone is universal, everyone can pick up an angry or happy tone. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said “the voice is the organ of the soul”.

Without the larynx there is no voice.

The voice has 5 layers and its function is shared with swallowing, breathing and other vital organs of the body. 

The Larynx

The larynx is no larger than the size of a walnut, but has great capacity to produce enough sound to compete with an entire symphony orchestra.

It is a valve designed to protect you from chocking.

My mother used to say “when you eat and speak at the same time you battle with life and death”.

When the valve in the Larynx is firmly closed, pressure in the torso helps with a range of physical actions ranging from childbirth to lifting objects.

When this valve is gently and only partially closed, as we breath out, it begins to vibrate.

These vibrations travel through the throat, nose and mouth, where they are transformed into sounds we call speech. When speech is sustained in a musical fashion we then call it singing. 

Barack Obama said:

“One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.” 

Let’s now begin to focus even closer and deeper on our voice and discover what else we can do to help us communicate freely with power and influence.

The art of powerful communication - Maria Pellicano

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