The Perfect Voice and Vocal Power are Roger’s Love products to improve our speaking voice.
I find them very good.
- Use diaphragmatic breathing
- Only speak when you a belly full of air
- Make sure your larynx (in your throat) is not blocking air
Roger Love start from the very beginning teaching proper breathing:
You use diaphragmatic breathing because you want to control the stream of air that comes out of your mouth as you speak.
- only move your stomach from your belly button to 3-4 inches above it
- only breath from your nose
If you can control the air flow, you can also control the sound.
Only Speak When Air Comes Out
You should create a continuous stream of air that comes out of your mouth as you speak. That air should come as you push your belly back in.
Exercise with diaphragmatic breathing and speak only when your stomach is coming back in. Breath in from the nose, then breath out from your mouth slowly.
Roger Love say you can exercise saying the following:
If I stomach is coming back in as I speak I’am going to sound a lot better.
Common mistakes people do:
- Raising their chest breathing
- Keep speaking after they’ve run out of air, trying to squeeze the last words in. And that sounds terrible
- Tension in the top part of the stomach
- Holding air trying to make it last longer
Types of Voice
Roger love is simply amazing to mimicking the types of voice and what they do wrong.
Similarly for Straight Line Persuasion which is all about tonality, there’s no point in me “describing” how the voices sound.
But here are two examples I could find:
The Airy Man
Trying to sexy like Maryilin Monroe and talking a bit like Mickey Rourke
The 6 Elements of Voice
Most people speak too low. Fill the space around you and never have anyone ask you to repeat.
A good volume is a mixture of air and cord vibration.
Melody is about going up and down and adding variety. Melody keeps people guessing and enthralled.
Most people are too close to monotone.
Too low pitch sounds like you’re too serious. Too high and people won’t take you seriously.
Too airy and whispery sounds fragile, like Monroe used to speak.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is that grating, irritating sound you hear holding the “A” in “graaaass”, where it feels like you have no air left.
How quickly or slowly you speak.
Keep a good posture and don’t hunch over or you will constrict your air flow.
Drink almost 2 liters of water a day.
It’s the water that you drank the day before that will help you mostly the day after.
Many are afraid of breathing with their belly and hold tension there because they don’t want to make it look as if they have a big tummy.
Let go of that fear.
Breath from your belly and let air go out of your mouth as in a whistle, very little.
Let a bit of air come out without pressure on your stomach.
Imagine you have a birthday pie in front of you want want to blow off the candles. One by one, blow from your mouth and at each blow push your belly back in.
the goal is to not create any tension in your stomach. let it come in, then relax. Let it come in, then relax.
Put a hand in front of your mouth and speak. The air should come out NOT in bursts, but unobstructadely.
Roger Love says
I need to connect all of my words together
Of course, you can say anything though.
Repeat “gog” up and down the scale. This exercise helps find both your low, middle and high voice
Same but with a wider scale
Speak Low to Move Larynx
Find out your adam apple. The larynx, or “sound box” is right behind it.
Swallow and it should go up.
But when you speak it should NOT go up or it will suffocate your voice (to find out, put a finger and start speaking, it should not move more than a quarter or a third of an inch and not nearly as close as when you swallow). A larynx going to up when you speak is one of the most common problems affecting speakers and you should fix that.
You fix that with a series of low larynx exercise.
Repeat “mom” and speak like yogi.
Repeat “mom, mom, mom” with a low pitch.
To get the best volume, get more air out of your mouth (put a hand in front of your mouth and count from one to ten.
More air should come out of your mouth when you speak louder.
To reset your pitch say “hello” and keep the “o” going. Put your fingers on your stomach right below your rib cage and push in quick motion.
Your “ooo” should start vibrating up and down.
Now try to stay only with the high pitch and let go of the lower part of the scale.
Some of us make a smile when pronouncing certain words and spread their mouths too long(especially “e”).
Smiling is great but not while speaking because it pushes air in the nasal cavities and we don’t sound good.
To fix the smiling and spreading of mouths, put your index fingers on both corners of your mouth and push in as if you wanted to purse your lips a bit.
Then speak like that and recite the alphabet.
You don’t need to smile to say “e”. Say “u”, hold your mouth like that and than say “e”.
Vocal Power or The Perfect Voice?
Albeit it covers all the same exercises, The Perfect Voice is more compact.
The Perfect Voice also goes a bit more into general self development, but also extends a bit on the pure vocal side.
If you don’t work with your voice, then you can safely go for The Perfect Voice.
If you work with your voice then I’d probably go with Vocal Power, just to make sure you get everything from one of the best in the industry.
Videos might have helped
The program is in audio. Maybe a video version would have helped for a few exercises.
No Throat Tension / Mask
I wish Roger Love had dealt with throat’s muscle tension as that’s one of the areas I am trying to target. But there wasn’t much in either program.
Brief and to the point
No beating around the bush, no time wasted: everything is about voice here.
Warm up exercises
Roger Love provides all the exercises to warm up and improve your voice.
Roger Love is really a master at replicating voices and it helps you understand whether you are committing any of the voice sins he describes.
Some other resources I find very good when it comes to speaking:
- New York Coaching
I’m exploring this guy these days. He is crazy good: https://www.youtube.com/user/NewYorkVocalCoaching
- Felicia Ricci
Felicia Ricci is also very good, she has a ton of crazy and helpful exercises. To overcome my throat tension I favorited this video of hers:
Awesome products to improve our voices, which I find is an often underappreciated core aspect of ourselves (and mistakenly so).