When clients say to me: “Elise, can you teach me how to love my voice?” I get REAL excited, because this is one of the cornerstones of my voice coaching method.
One of the greatest challenges singers and speakers face is learning to love the sound of their own voice.
There are many things people don’t like about their own voices:
they don’t like the tone of their voice
they wish they had more range
they want to sing more powerfully
And the biggest challenge for singers and speakers is often:They don’t feel confident in their voice.
The most common thing I hear from perspective and current clients is “I need to get more confidence, and then I’ll be able to love my voice”.
Here’s the truth about gaining voice confidence
Confidence isn’t something you can “get”, it’s not something you can buy at the store. If it was, that shelf would always be empty… you hear me?
Really, it’s about courage. Courage is the catalyst to confident singing and speaking.
Show up for yourself even when your voice shakes, especially then.
So rather than trying to get confidence, let’s trust that showing up courageously time and time again, will help buildconfidence in our singing and speaking voices.
Try these tips to become more confident in your singing voice
1.Become friends with your Vagus Nerve: Understanding how to support your Vagus Nerve is one of the best ways to calm your nervous system before singing, or during times of self doubt.
2. Move while you sing: embodied voice practice is a really great way to explore sound without attachment. Make seaweed like motions with your body and hum/sigh to begin to embody the sound a little more.
3. Check in on your mindset: Singer’s mindset and conquering your inner critic can be paramount to help singers and speakers learn to trust themselves. Once you befriend the negative inner narratives, you’ll be able to have conversations with them and set them straight in times of doubt or performance anxiety.
4. Daily voice affirmations: Choose an affirmation to speak out loud that aligns with your voice goals. BONUS: create a melody and sing them to yourself!
The path to voice confidence takes patience and self compassion but I assure you, if you keep showing up in courage, your confidence will come and you’ll learn to love your voice!
Voice and confidence coaching for singers, truth speakers and entrepreneurs.
I live and work on the sacred land of Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People, and I acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land. Being a steward of culture in the arts industry, I am committed to uphold the values of collaboration and inclusivity in all that I offer in this work. ALL voices welcome in my virtual and in person studio.