Are you wanting to develop your speaking voice? How can you encourage a sincere connection between yourself and your clients by using your voice? Can you learn to increase your vocal energy?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Tracy Goodwin about how to use your voice and captivate the room.
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Meet Tracy Goodwin
Do you ever wonder why your message isn’t resonating? Maybe you haven’t found your real voice? Tracy Goodwin is an expert at helping individuals find their voice and share it with the world.
Over the last 30 years, Tracy has coached hundreds of people around the globe, including CEOs, leading Hollywood actors, entrepreneurs, and leading influencers on how to sound more confident and make a big impact with their message.
In This Podcast
- Speaking on live television
- Vocal energy
- Tracy’s advice
Speaking on live television
The first thing that people tend to do when they go on television or go on a podcast or go on a video … what people tend to feel like they need to do when they go on the Today Show or when they go on whatever … they create this persona of protection in their voice that keeps us from connecting with them. (Tracy Goodwin)
One of the most important and most simple pieces of advice that Tracy gives when it comes to presenting yourself to a live audience is to remember that it is just a conversation. It is just a conversation.
We get it in our minds that we need to create a persona to appear in front of large crowds or when we speak to people, but this is merely a protective mechanism, and when we use it too much or use it all the time, we protect ourselves so well that we block people from forming close connections with us when they watch or listen to us speak.
The subconscious is actually calling the shots on how you use your voice, the subconscious is trying to protect your heart, the voice is the orchestra of the heart, so your subconscious says: “well you need to be anchor-guy-man” and you’re like “okay!” because we buy into this. (Tracy Goodwin)
What you really need to do, instead of putting on a voice, is show who you really are, and you can do that best when you converse with someone with your normal voice, using your own intonations and ways of speaking.
Your vocal energy drops when you get into your head because your voice, your authentic voice, does not work when you get into your head because you are disconnected.
When you are in an unfamiliar situation it is normal for your vocal energy to drop a little bit, but keep note of this, and try to still keep speaking as you.
Elevate your vocal energy, even if it is a little lower because higher vocal energy has been proven to set a different kind of tone, an elevated, excited kind of tone and gets people interested in what you are talking about.
However, do this gently, because when you do it too much, people may find you insincere.
- Fast and slow
- Loud and soft
- High and low pitch
- Elongation: shows degrees of emotion
The first and most important thing is I don’t want you to think about [the vocal elements] in the moment and the reason is [that] when we go to thinking about things we get up in our head and as soon as we get up in our head our voice is going to fall flat and stay on one note, which is exactly what we’re talking about not doing. (Tracy Goodwin)
When you think about sounding a certain way, your voice will change and mostly for the worse. In order to keep speaking authentically, as you do, and slowly incorporate the vocal elements, you can:
- Make it a side practice: pay attention to what you do in life and how you speak things out loud.
In the moment of speaking:
- Stay in the now, stay in the current moment,
- Pay attention to the emotion behind what you are talking about.
Now more than ever it is critical for you to get visible. Maybe visible means audible, but after 2020, the degrees of people’s desperation for the need to connect can be seen. Through video and audio, you can provide some of this connection to our clients.
Books mentioned in this episode
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Meet Joe Sanok
Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.
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