Public Speaking Tips – Making Your Voice Sound Deeper

Would you like a deeper speaking voice? Perhaps you are over 21 and think your voice sounds too young. Maybe you feel that your voice is wimpy, strident, harsh, whispery, or nasal. The good news is that you actually have a deeper or lower voice inside of you. It is there just waiting to be discovered.

Remember the Ted Knight character on the Mary Tyler Moore Show? As a news anchor, he would drop his chin to his neck in order to speak in a lower or deeper voice whenever it was time for him to go on the air. What he was trying to do was speak at the very bottom of his range. And that is wrong. In order to speak in a lower pitch, your chin should never drop down to your chest because you are then trying to force a sound that is not natural and can result in vocal abuse over time.

Yes, the optimum pitch of your speaking voice is definitely located in your lower register, but that does not mean you should be ‘rumbling around’ at your lowest point. (Pitch refers to the highness or lowness of sound and should not be confused with volume which is the loudness or softness of sound.)

99% of the population powers their voice primarily from the cavities of the throat and voice box which means that the pitch of their ‘habitual’ speaking voice is higher than it should be. When I was in graduate school, my singing professor told me that the pitch of my habitual speaking voice was several steps higher than that of my real or resonant speaking voice. So I practiced using that deeper, richer sound when I was at work. Because much of my business was on the phone, I was able to make my ‘real’ voice a habit in just a few short weeks.

If you want to discover your deeper voice, you will need to break a few bad habits and instill a few good ones. By learning to use your chest cavity, the largest of your 5 vocal resonators, as your primary sounding board, you will discover a voice which is not only lower in pitch but one that is richer, warmer, more mature-sounding, and resonant. In addition, you will be able to increase your volume without shouting. This is referred to as projection and is only possible if your chest is your amplifying your sound. Anything else is shouting.

You have a better voice inside of you. Everyone does; however, most people are unaware that they can improve their vocal image. Keep in mind, the sound of your voice accounts for 37% of the image you project. And that sound is what you hear on your answering machine or voicemail and not what you hear in your head.

By Nancy Daniels

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2 Responses to Public Speaking Tips – Making Your Voice Sound Deeper

  1. Hi Ruby,

    I think the problem you are having is that you are pushing your voice deeper from your throat. This is not only uncomfortable, it can also cause damage over time. My training involves using the chest cavity to power and amplify the voice after you learn how to breathe correctly. While there is much advice you can get from a book or an article, you need a coach to discover your ‘real’ voice — just like musicians and athletes. Why don’t you check out the Voicing It! link on my website for more information. By the way, once you make your real voice a habit, you won’t have to think about it again. Plus, you will find that it will get improve with age.

  2. Ruby says:

    Hi Nancy,
    I have exactly this problem, I think my voice is quite soft and not deep or strong enough. When I consciously try to lower my voice it does sounds better, but it’s rather unnatural for me to do and I feel I have to really slow down and concentrate, which is not very good in a conversation (I can’t focus on listening to the other person).
    I know you quickly touched on a few tips such as learning to use your chest cavity, but do you have other tips or more detailed advice on how to do this?

    Thank you so much!

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