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The Head Voice

I recently went and saw the movie Lincoln. It is a very interesting film on the 16th President of the United States.

Something that I find interesting about Lincoln is that it has been said by some historians that the reason that Lincoln was considered one of the great orators of his time was not because of his great techniques but that he could be… heard.

Lincoln had a very high tinny voice. For those of you who have taken a Working Voices course this is what we call the head voice.

Speaking in the head voice allows the sound to travel and it can be heard over a large crowd. Therefore back in the day when there was no sound modification Lincoln’s naturally high voice ensured all could hear his message.

What does this have to do with you?

Think of the head voice as a way to shake up your audience. Switch tones when you switch subjects.

Have the lovely peaks and valleys of your voice indicate how you feel about the subject you are speaking on. It will also engage your audience on a deeper level.

But be careful – make sure you don’t only speak in the head voice. It can sound insincere if used too much.

Take one of my courses and let’s try it!

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