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How can I make my voice loud and clear ?

 
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hi there , some people say my voice is not clear and they ask me to repeat myself. I usually have shaking voice while I give presentation. I get shaking voice , even though I am speaking my mother tongue. Maybe I am not so confident while I speak. I have been downhearted and sad for many years and it's possible that I might have developed inferiority complex. I have not conversed properly with people for last three years or so. Sometimes at home , when I try to read the lyrics of Eminem , my voice get very clear and louder. :P I notice one thing I don't use my jaw properly while speaking. When I was in high school , my teacher used to scold me as my voice was loud and clear when I talked with my friends during his class but now , people ask me to speak louder.

 
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Jeanne often recommends Toastmasters for learning how to speak in ease in public -- perhaps there's something similar where you live?

I'm not sure that there's much you can do to change your speaking voice other than getting past the quavering due to nervousness.

I sort of have the opposite problem, my voice is one of those that carries and projects itself, and people are often asking me to keep it down. When I cry out in anger or alarm, it can be ear-shattering.
 
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thank you very much.
 
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There is the Greek solution . . .


Speaker System
The story is this. Demosthenes lived in Athens from 384 B.C. to 322 B.C. As a young man, he suffered from a speech impediment—which may have been a stutter, an inability to pronounce the “r” sound, or both. He designed a series of exercises for himself to improve his speech. According to legend, he practiced speaking with stones in his mouth, which forced him to work very hard to get the sounds out. When his diction became clearer, he got rid of the stones and found he was able to enunciate much more effectively than before. He also practiced reciting speeches while running and speaking over the roar of ocean waves to improve his projection. These strategies must have worked, because Demosthenes achieved fame as the greatest orator in ancient Greece. He is best known for his passionate speeches urging the Greek citizens to defend themselves against invading Macedonian king Philip II.



Full article is here: Demosthenes’ Stones
 
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I have the problem that normally I'm shy, but when I open up, I get loud. So, a lot of people get surprised when they here my loud voice. My son is exactly like me, and beggining of the school year, he has a low, squaky voice, and half way he becomes loud. All his teachers say he is like a flower. He needs time to open up

Some people are just like that. They need time to be confident enough to become louder and clearer. Places like Toastmasters will teach you the skills that help you get confident quicker in a new setting
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Jeanne often recommends Toastmasters for learning how to speak in ease in public -- perhaps there's something similar where you live?



Bobby, I've been with Toastmasters for almost a year and it's paid dividends. They provide a safe environment to practice public speaking with constructive criticism. They have chapters and local clubs all over the world.

As for a stronger voice, I too have had trouble projecting a strong voice. With a little practice anyone can improve their voice. Check out these videos that have helped me:

Vocal warmups
Speech exercises to cure mumbling
Lip and tongue exercises
How to develop a deep voice
 
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thanks bill for good information.
 
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How does one go about joining toastmasters? There's one (chapter?) happening during weekends near me that I looked up on meetup.com.

Does one directly turn up at those sessions? Or is there a membership kind of a thing?
 
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Sorry figured it out that you have to apply for membership.
 
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Ahsan,

All Toastmasters clubs have an open door policy for guests. You can show up at any meeting without applying for membership. This allows you to see what the club is about and if it's a right fit for you.
 
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That's good to know Bill. Now I won't hesitate walking into any of the sessions. Thanks a bunch!
 
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The first time or two I had to speak to a group, people asked me to talk louder. The reason was I really had no way to judge how loud to be . All I knew was how loud to speak to a person next to me I was conversing with. Eventually I got a feel for it. You could probably just use a volume that would be right for having a conversation with someone in the back of the room. For the wavering, singers do what is called singing from the diaphragm, to keep the sound steady. You feel the diaphragm tense a little bit and it regulates the flow of air.
 
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The last time I tried to help somebody like that I had her in the Church Hall where lots of people were talking and sent her to the far side of the room. Then shouted, “louder,” until I could hear her above the chatter. It did work.

Another thing is to talk slower.
 
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