Do you experience strained or lost voice?

You rely on your voice for your living. Your voice has to be there for you, reliably, all the time.

It is estimated that seven percent of the general population contends with significant voice problems. In certain professions—such as teaching—you can be 32 times more likely to get into vocal trouble! You cannot afford to struggle with periods of strained voice or voice loss, both of which can cause decreased productivity and lost income.

Recurrent voice strain/loss in vocally demanding work is not inevitable. Dissatisfaction with your voice need not be a life-long reality.

Voice coaching can help you to:

  • Recognize how your manner of speaking, singing, or yelling may be harmful to your voice or undermining your vocal image in your work
  • Learn new vocal behaviors which can help you reach the voice endurance you need or the vocal image you want

Recommendations from Voice Coaching Clients:

MouthPrior to voice coaching, an athletic coach was experiencing repeated bouts of voice loss, which left her worried about keeping her career. She said, “I can’t thank you enough…this [voice coaching] has given me peace of mind.“

MouthA client who works in sales who, prior to voice coaching, routinely lost her voice when speaking at trade shows said: “That’s amazing what that can do with such little effort.“ [The client is talking about having learned to power her voice with her abdominal muscles.]

Mouth A client who is a therapist who works for the V.A. with veterans said: “To be asked to repeat myself has been a constant annoyance my entire life. Now [after she learned to drop her jaw more freely when speaking] being understood is a delight—my life is better!”

This same client learned to replace a too low pitch average with a more middling pitch average as she spoke: “It sounds more natural. It feels like I’m not forcing, and it’s more comfortable. I can talk longer when I stay at that middle pitch average.“

Mouth“With your help I have been able to maintain my voice and no longer suffer from any hoarseness. Thank you much!”
— Branch Manager/Escrow Officer

Mouth“You’ve really helped me a lot. Now when I feel like pushing (from the voice box), I back off. I can sing more and more since having voice therapy.”
— Singer (Alternative Rock)

Mouth“The hoarseness is hardly a problem for me now. If I do begin to experience the symptoms, I know what I have to do to get back on track.”
— Singer (Classical, Mezzo-Soprano)

Mouth“Thanks for literally helping to save my career.”
Computer Voice Recognition User

 

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James Stewar struggling with vocal endurance

Some voice behaviors that are harmful include:

Exerting force from the larynx (voice box) in an attempt to be sufficiently loud for public speaking or stage work.  

Tightening your throat habitually when speaking, singing, or yelling.

Speaking in an artificially low pitch range.

Limiting the movement of the jaw when speaking or singing.

The first three behaviors can cause not only to lose your voice, but can damage the vocal cords as well. Correcting any of these behaviors will give a more confident and vibrant voice with much better endurance for long periods of teaching, coaching, or speaking.

Follow this link for examples of these and other harmful behaviors.

PHOTO: James Stewart as Senator Jefferson Smith in Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Stewart has been filibustering all night and is about to lose his voice.

Valley Girl Voice

Valley girl voice is a collection of unhealthy and bad vocal behaviors that I discuss on separate page.