why train the speaking voice?

a salesperson who frequently loses his voice and must call in sick:
  • corrects habit of pushing pitch down to “sound like a man”
  • by raising pitch, he gains volume and a more authoritative sound
  • maintains a healthy voice despite frequent voice use  
a museum tour guide who is hoarse and winded after tours:
  • deepens her breathing
  • increases physical and vocal stamina
  • now gives back-to-back tours with strong energy and voice
a swim coach who changed careers because she developed vocal nodules:
  • learns to project her voice without straining
  • gains confidence 
  • overcomes the cultural notion that women should speak softly
Speaking voice training can help:
  • increase vocal stamina
  • reduce vocal fatigue
  • increase volume without strain
  • prevent voice loss and injury 
  • improve clarity and expressivity
  • produce a more pleasing vocal sound
  • hold an audience’s attention
  • project confidence  
Many professionals rely on their voices: 
  • actors
  • broadcasters and media personalities
  • choreographers
  • clergy
  • coaches, teachers, and trainers
  • executives
  • lawyers
  • politicians 
  • public speakers
  • receptionists
  • restaurant servers
  • salespeople
  • singers
  • tour guides
Inefficient voice use can lead to: 
  • breathy, nasal, or strident tone
  • hoarseness
  • recurring voice loss (laryngitis)
  • sore throat
  • overly quiet or weak voice
  • vocal strain and discomfort
  • vocal and physical fatigue
  • vocal pathology (nodules, polyps) 
Voice problems can result in:
  • sick leave
  • short- or long-disability
  • limited career opportunities
  • poor job performance
  • perception/image issues
  • low self-confidence 

Speaking voice training (SVT) is intended for healthy individuals who need coaching in how to use and strengthen their voices. SVT is not intended to diagnose or treat medical problems. Some vocal problems are accompanied by medical issues and are best addressed by an otolaryngologist (ear-nose-throat doctor/ENT) and/or a speech and language pathologist (SLP).