• User AvatarMiriam McKenzie
  • 20 Sep, 2020
  • 1 Min Read

Help! I’ve lost my voice!

Losing your voice is not funny when training others how to speak clearly, confidently and with authority is your actual business.

So, how did this happen? 5 reasons actually.

#1. I haven’t taken care of my vocal cords. I haven’t stayed hydrated enough primarily and I haven’t been projecting my voice in the correct way.

#2. I have been speaking for too long and too often – I haven’t rested enough. Sometimes by the end of the day I’m whispering. In my schedule I usually have chunks of time to do tasks that don’t include speaking but over the last month I’ve been cramming other things in. See #3.

#3. I have trying to do too much, take on too many projects that I can’t really fit into my day without something else being squeezed out or down AND not sticking to my knitting, taking on projects that are irrelevant to my business. But they sound fun!  And it is fun! Until someone gets injured. Ahem.

#4. I haven’t said no. Similar to #3 but different in that I haven’t been honest. Sure, I can do that. When you do want to start? Ummm, well, I don’t really do that anymore but why not? Just this once.

In other words, I haven’t been honest. I generally believe in psychosomatic symptoms (as in there are other underlying factors behind the injury or illness) and this lost voice is telling me to say “No, sorry that doesn’t fit into my schedule at the moment” or “My business doesn’t offer that service anymore, try this one”.

#5. Because of all the rush and stress going on, my breathing has become inverted. Breathing into my chest as opposed to my diaphragm. This is speaking 101 and I have gone way off on some tangent and this ‘lost voice’ is saying ‘come back, we need you here’.

Here’s to rest, water, diaphragmatic breathing and saying “No.” Clearly and confidently.

If you need help with your voice here are 3 ways I can help:

  1. Download the free ebook to get started on you, your voice and your speech.
  2. Purchase your own training manual to teach yourself how to use your voice effectively.
  3. Join my training group Find Your Voice, Find Your Words.

Here’s to your successful week, Miriam.