So many of my clients come to me because they have difficulty being understood – they mumble. In this video, I share with you one super easy technique that will not only improve your speech, but will improve your mind as well! Check it out!
Hi, everybody. Today’s video is one amazing way to sound better when speaking. Read poetry out loud. Poetry is a wonderful way to strengthen your voice and to strengthen your speech. Here are four simple steps. First, find a poem, something short, something that you like, and start to read it out loud. For this video, I’ve chosen Invictus by William Ernest Henley. I chose it because I use it with many of my clients and also because it’s short, it has a commanding message, and I love what it has to say. Second, find a space to read this poetry out loud. Ideally, you could read it while you were in the mountains, shouting with a loud, large voice, or you could be at the ocean, saying it over the waves. In the meantime, you can say it in your car, find a space in your home, and read it out loud, which brings me to my third suggestion. Read it out loud. Say it over and over again for five minutes. Play with the words. Play with the sounds. Finally, fourth, record yourself. Listen back and see how you sound. Could you be bolder, bigger, brighter? Play with different personalities.
Let’s look at his poem, Invictus. It’s made up of four stanzas of four lines each. Let’s look at the last two lines, which I really think sums up its message. The lines are, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” Now, in today’s world, I simply could talk to my friend and say, “I’m the master of my fate, I’m the captain of my soul.” That’s fine. What about finding the true power there of its words, what William Ernest Henley was saying? “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” Say it out loud yourself and see how it makes you feel. Look at those words, to be the master of your fate. It’s pretty strong idea. I am the master of my fate. Secondly, let’s look at the sounds themselves. That first vowel sound, I, is a diphthong that starts with the ah and moves into the E, which is a great way to warm up your voice. Let that breath drop into your belly. Let your mouth open more than you’re used to and speak out I and feel it fill the room. “I am the master of my fate.” Then you hear that word “fate” with that strong T ending. Speak it out loud. Play with it. “I am the master of my fate.”
The final line, “I am the captain of my soul.” Strong images. What is it like to be the captain? The captain of a ship, you’re in control, in charge of conveying a message, of leading your team. What is it like to talk about your soul, who you are at the very depth of your being? “I am the captain of my soul.” Speak those words out loud. See how it makes you feel. Poetry will not only grow your voice, it will grow your attention. It will grow the way you feel about the world. Try this on your own. It’s fun. It’s free. Of course, you can always talk to one of your friends or a voice coach and get some good feedback. In the meantime, it’s your own private practice helping you grow your voice and be the strong speaker you are and can be. If you like this video, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.