So, truth be told, the title of this article should be:
“Why Everyone Cringes At The Sound Of Their Recorded Voice”…
…but it’s something that comes up in my classes a lot.
And now, the explanation I’ve been giving for years has been corroborated by no less an exalted authority than Business Insider.
And they even created a quick video showing you why! Here it is:
(there’s an ad at the beginning – nothing I can do about that)
If you’ve ever been in my class and witnessed me explaining this penomenon, you can confirm for the world in the comments below, that, aside from me using the word convection for what BI is calling “air conduction”, and simply conduction for what BI calls “bone conduction”, they follow my explanation to a T.
The good news? You get used to it.
And I encourage you in class to not only enjoy your voice, but to fall in love with it, like any craftsperson falls in love with their favorite hammer, paint brush or software.
The more you get comfortable with your own voice, the more you can mine it for subtle nuances, new characterizations and better and more accurate storytelling.
And the best way to do that, and help yourself out in countless other ways, is to use a great pair of headphones or earbuds. It’s a must.
And I’m happy to help you get over your own cringing, should you need a little coaching.
So, don’t cringe. Enjoy your voice – because it’s awesome. I guarantee it.
I know – that’s easy for me to say. But what do you say? What was it like the first time you heard your own recorded voice? And has that changed? Let me know in the comments below.
Hope this helps!