I posted an article last week about the book I'm reading: Is Your Voice Telling On You? by Daniel Boone. Boone's thoughts are interesting. He claims that your natural voice may not be the voice that you are used to hearing yourself speak every day. He encourages you to find your natural voice by doing vocal exercises and breathing properly along with a number of other things (you'll have to read to find out Janell.. lol =P ). Here is a voice self-analysis test from his book. The test contains 20 statements. Check the ones that are true to you, according to your view of you voice.
1. You frequently find that you are short of breath as you speak.
2. You don't like to listen to yourself on a tape recording.
3. You voice gets tired as you use it.
4. Strangers on the telephone think you are younger or older than you are.
5. When your voice is tired, it sounds distant and weak to you.
6. Your voice is different in the morning than it is at night.
7. After you talk a lot, your throat hurts.
8. People have difficulty hearing you in a some situations.
9. Your voice doesn't sound as good as it used to sound.
10. Your voice sounds as if it is in your nose.
11. Your voice sounds as if you are nervous.
12. You may lose your voice when you are nervous or tired.
13. When you speak, you don't have the voice you want.
14. You would like to change the pitch of your voice.
15. You feel that your voice isn't "really you."
16. You frequently clear your throat.
17. When you have an allergy or a cold, you sometimes lose your voice.
18. Your throat feels excessively dry and scratchy after prolonged speaking.
19. People frequently misunderstand what you say.
20. Strangers on the phone think you are of the opposite sex.
Double check to make sure you really feel the ones you check are true. Count up the true answers. Boone states that most of us will have "a concern or two (a few true answers) about our voice."
Rate if you should be concerned by the number of true answers:
0-2 = no concern
3-4 =mild concern
5-8 = moderate concern
9 or more = severe concern
Boone states, "The higher your degree of concern, the more probable it is that you are using a voice that is different from your natural voice. If you are concerned about your voice, do something about it." What can you do? Drinking a lot of water is a given and avoiding foods that give you heart burn. More tips are coming....
On a lighter note: Noah is developing quite a set of lungs that accompany his opinionated personality. He thinks he's a preacher like his daddy. Here he is with his daddy last Sunday night after church.