I remember I was 5 years old when one day, I returned from school with a long face and complained to my mother; 'All the children at school make fun of the way I talk … the say my voice is 'squeaky' … I don't feel like talking.' My complaint perplexed my mother who had no idea how to help me; all she said was that in time my voice would be fine. As a mother, there is a good chance that you may have had similar concerns about your child's voice … possibly due to feedback given to you by teachers or family members. I have heard many a parent come to me for help saying that their child's voice is meek or timid, too soft or too loud, etc. While this can be a cause for concern, you must know that there is a definite solution available. First of all, it is important to know that there is nothing like a 'good' or 'bad' voice. Each child has a wonderfully unique voice that can be worked upon and enhanced. That's right! There are techniques that can develop your child's 'voice' to the best of its capacity. It's just about working on it just like we would work developing on any other skill set. We often take our voice, which is an asset, for granted.
5 myths that ought to be busted if you are a mom who is serious about nurturing your child's voice for better public speaking and communication, are:
1. Volume is everything: It's not…. That's right, just having a loud or audible voice does not mean it's a healthy, versatile voice. A 'good' voice is much more than volume … it is about clarity, energy, range, pitch and body.
2. Volume and pitch are the same: NO! This is one of the most popular misconceptions about voice. A high-pitched voice is not always a loud voice… and a soft voice is not always a low-pitched voice. There is a distinct difference between volume and pitch and with proper training; one can use these differences as an advantage to improve one's communication skills.
3. Voice comes 'only' from the vocal chords: You could not be more wrong; so while vocal chords are the machinery at work in order to produce the voice or the sound … a good voice is the product of correct physical, mental and emotional techniques! In a sense, the voice comes from the mind, body and heart.
4. The voice you are born with is the one you have to live with: Well, busted! That is not true…there are voice techniques and voice exercises to enhance and transform your natural voice. These are useful for all ages. Voice training or voice work is about voice exercises that can be started with children as young as 4 years old and there is no upper age limit to work on your voice.
5. Only aspiring singers/voice professionals need voice training: Well, if you believe that, you are going to lose out on a fabulous opportunity to better your voice. Apart from singers, voice professionals every other person; whether it is a child or an adult; should undergo at least basic voice training to be able to use the full potential of their own unique and natural voice :)
So, what are you waiting for? Look for the right training advice and set out on your voice transformation journey! You may not be able to believe what is possible for you or your child with regard to voice, unless you do it…
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