YOUR VOICE – YOUR GLORY
“Face is the index of the mind,” says a great saying. Another one says “Do not judge the book by its cover.” These conflicting views lead to confusion, don’t they? But as the latter one says, among many aspects, the one that matters most is one’s voice!
Previously to attend an interview, an applicant had to go to places, some time out of state too. But with science and technology continually advancing, interviews are conducted over the phone. On such occasions, it is one’s voice that opens the door to success!
Way of communication: Experts say it is not what one says, but how he/she says is important. When Swami Vivekananda was given only five minutes to deliver a speech in Chicago about Hinduism, the way he began, arrested the attention of the audience and they wanted him to continue for the next 45 minutes!
The Pronunciation: When at home, read aloud and practice yourself to fine tune your pronunciation, so that when you speak to someone in person or over the phone, the listeners will not get confused. TV news readers keep rehearsing what they are going to read. This will enable them to read out impeccably well. Almost all the politicians who address a meeting can be seen reading out from the script already given to them. Keep your jaws relaxed for that, experts advise to keep saying “va, va, and va,” for some time in different pitch in the voice.
Give a break: When narrating an incident, do not keep on talking. Give a short break in between. Complete your speech without letting it drift. Look directly into the eyes of the person you are talking to. And while so, avoid body language.
Voice modulation: This holds the key to success! Speak in a slow voice when narrating a tragedy, or condoling the death in a family. But when hearing some surprising news, give a grunt of exclamatory note. Likewise, concentrate on the sound of your voice, modulate to different situations. To sharpen your voice, practice again, saying, ‘nyeh, nyeh and nyeh.”
Voice-over person: Now there are good opportunities for a person with good voice in many Ads. Agencies and TV channels to work as a voice-over person.
Be bold when interviewed for a job opportunity or during an admission in schools and colleges. Keep yourself cool. Here again, experts advise to record your own voice, rewind and listen as if you are a listener. Make amends wherever necessary. Seek the guidance of some experienced persons. Now there are training institutes coaching on “Public Speaking Course.” It is a short duration course at an affordable fee. Watch TV when there is this “Focus” programme.
Above all, make sure that your voice sounds all right. The best way to judge this aspect is to see that the one you are talking to do not ask you to repeat what you are saying.
On speech making, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of America had said, “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”