Is Your Vocal “Backstory” Hindering Your Success? Find out…
I believe a word, a glance, or breath has the power to shift perspective.
In any moment, there lies a gift to be unwrapped that leads us to greater awareness, a deeper place of openness – that fertile ground in which we grow and make connections to grander views of ourselves, others and our lives.
Today, I am asking you questions that plant the seeds for growth so you may continue to cultivate a strong, expressive and confident voice.
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Your vocal backstory is coloring how you use your voice today.
By shedding some light on your story, you are allowing the opportunity to release ideas that are not serving you and to magnify the ideas that are giving you results.
This is not about blame, shame, or guilt – this is about observation, awareness, and a choice for personal freedom…
To help guide you, in the below video I share this teaching and a bit about my vocal backstory, how it was showing up in my voice, and what I did to change it.
1. Using plenty of adjectives, describe how, when you were a child, people used their voices in your home? Think about tempo, volume, pitch, emotions…
2. How were you allowed to use your voice in your home?
3. What phrases were said to you about your voice?
4. What emotions were “okay” to express?
5. What emotions were not comfortable to express?
6. How may this be showing up in your voice today?
7. What happens physically when you choose to communicate?… eg, raised shoulders, clenched jaw, tight lips, dramatic hand gestures. What of these are considered “family traits” or a habit picked up from a previous experience?
8. What about the sound of your voice? Do people say you sound just like your sister, brother, or your father? To what characteristics are they specifically refereeing? Eg; timbre, pitch, diction… As most of my family has Minnesota roots, we have very closed o’s.
9. How may your voice be compensating today because of some projection or expectation that you felt or still feel? Intelligence, strength, connection, humility, spirituality, grief, love.
Take some time with these questions. Be aware of how the answers are revealed to you… what happens when having a difficult conversation with one you love, when you feel the urge to tell your child to be quite, or the desire to share your new idea. What about the agenda to get things done at all costs, to be present in a dialogue with a friend, when sharing difficult news –
Then take it to the next level and observe how it is showing up in your vocal work… in auditions, performances, practices, lessons, presentations, sales calls….
It is all connected – we are all connected, and isn’t it loverly!
Have fun with this!
I would love to hear from you… let me know what you discover when you shed some light on your vocal backstory… be ready for a bold awareness!
Until next week, always Rejoice In Your Voice™!