Managing a Spiritualist Center
A deep voice carries more conviction and authority than a high-pitched one. The reasons for that are not clear, but teachers, business people, doctors, and politicians often train to acquire a lower-pitched voice. Historical news recordings illustrate how Margaret Thatcher learned to lower the pitch of her speaking voice after she became British prime minister, according to an article published in New Scientist magazine in July 2002. You, too, can develop a lower frequency for your speaking by learning how to control your voice and using some simple exercises.
Record yourself talking using a recorder or your computer. Notice how different the playback sounds to what you think of as your voice. Record yourself over a few days and during different activities -- on the phone, reading something out loud, having a conversation. Observe how your pitch changes with your emotions.
You can download a free pitch analyzer from the University College of London website to observe how your pitch changes.
Notice if your voice goes up in pitch when you get agitated or excited. Use this knowledge to help you control it consciously.
Speak slowly and calmly to help lower the pitch of your voice.
Develop a lower-pitched voice by learning to relax the muscles used in speaking and maintain a good upright posture, whether standing or sitting.
Relax the vocal cords. Move your head slowly in circles around your neck; then practice turning your head slowly left and right as far as you can. Like strings on a violin, the looser the vocal cords the lower the pitch. Agitation shortens them and makes them tense, and the voice rises.
Breathe from the diaphragm by allowing your stomach to move in and out with your breath. As you do so, say some words and feel the vibration in your chest. High-pitched voices tend to come from using the head, particularly the nasal cavity, as a resonator and this should be avoided to achieve a lower frequency.
Hold your chin against your chest and hum. Notice how low the pitch is. Raise your head slowly and be aware of the pitch rising. Repeat several times and try to keep the pitch low as you raise your head. The more often you do this the easier it becomes.
Practice speaking while standing or sitting and with your chin up , neck relaxed and breathing from your diaphragm. Allow the stomach to rise and fall with the breath entering and leaving your lungs. Imagine the voice originating in the chest as you do this.