This is actually my voice captured in a sound wave as I channelled light language and sound healing.
You’ve probably read a guide on how to improve your voice before – but have you ever really thought about why that is? Your voice is unique just like your fingerprint. It only takes a few minutes of talking to identify someone’s voice type. This article dives into what makes a voice unique and how can you discover yours!
What Makes Your Voice Unique
Your voice is unique, just like a fingerprint. And, just like a fingerprint, there are several factors that contribute to its uniqueness. Here are some of the things that make your voice one-of-a-kind:
1. The size and shape of your vocal cords: The size and shape of your vocal cords play a big role in determining the pitch and quality of your voice. For example, people with shorter vocal cords tend to have higher-pitched voices, while those with longer vocal cords usually have lower-pitched voices.
2. The way your vocal cords vibrate: The way your vocal cords vibrate also affects the sound of your voice. If they vibrate more quickly, your voice will be higher pitched. If they vibrate more slowly, your voice will be lower pitched.
3. The way you use your vocal tract: The way you use your vocal tract (the mouth, nose, and throat) also contributes to the sound of your voice. For instance, people who speak with a lot of nasality (like many New Yorkers) tend to have nasal-sounding voices. People who speak with less nasality usually have less nasal-sounding voices.
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Unique Voice?
Your voice is unique, just like a fingerprint. And just like fingerprints, there are many benefits to having a unique voice.
For one, a unique voice can help you stand out in a crowd. If you have a distinctive way of speaking, people will remember you and your message. This can be helpful in both personal and professional situations.
Another benefit of having a unique voice is that it can make you more persuasive. Studies have shown that people are more likely to be persuaded by someone with a unique voice. This is because we tend to trust people with distinctive voices more than those with average or generic voices.
So don’t shy away. Just look at Arnold Schwarzenegger. His first film was dubbed over because of his accent. And now he’s had a booming career and was even Governor of California. His voice that was once literally silenced – now created legendary phrases that will forever be immortalised “I’ll be back…” (How many times have you said that… be honest!!!)
How To Discover Your Unique Voice
Have you ever wondered if your voice is as unique as a fingerprint? Well, wonder no more! The answer is YES!
Your voice is your energetic fingerprint. It carries your energy and vibration. Your intention. Your underlying emotions. (So much – we’ll get deeper into that in another article)
There is no-one else with exactly the same physical mechanics I described earlier (vocal tract, vocal chords), the same tonality. So yes, there may be similar voices. But no-one has YOUR VOICE. Just you! So it’s important to learn about this beautiful instrument that you have and use it!
There are actually ways to discover what makes your voice unique. Here are a few:
- Compare your voice to others’. This is probably the most obvious way to find out if your voice is unique. Simply listen to other people talk and compare their voices to yours. Do you sound similar or completely different? What are the similarities and differences?
- Record yourself speaking. YES, I KNOW. Horror gasp! But this is another great way to discover your voice. Simply record yourself talking and then listen back to the recording with non judgemental ears. Listen, observe. Notice.
- PLAY. Yes, play! Play with your voice. My work is all about playing and discovering your voice. Finding the joy in your sound and expression. Lip rolls and sirens
- Find a vocal coach, or someone that works with the voice to help you understand your voice and how to get more confident using it. I love teaching all about this in my programmes and in person at my retreat. You can also catch me on my social media giving amazing tips and tools.
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While there are many factors that contribute to the uniqueness of your voice, the most important one is YOU. Your vocal cords are as unique as your fingerprint, and no two people have exactly the same set of vocal cords. This means that your voice is uniquely yours and can never be duplicated. So celebrate your uniqueness and use your voice to its fullest potential!