Part of being a great network engineer is the ability to speak clearly and confidently. And trust me, you won’t only need it with your peers. You’ll be in meetings, explaining your plan for the next switch IOS upgrade, defending your opinions,…You may think “I don’t need voice lessons.” But in a communication era, think about it.
There is no need to enroll in expensive voice training. We are network engineers after all not Opera singers. But you can befenfit your voice with an affordable vocal training program.
One of the few programs I’ve tired and experienced results from is Roger Love’s Vocal Power: Speaking with Authority, Clarity and Conviction.
In the past, I found that my voice sucks when I was speaking with people, and interacting with them in social gatherings or in events. I often found myself stuck or shy in front of new friends. I used to think “What if they do not like what I am going to say? What if my stuff is not going to entertain them? A deep and confident voice will surely help me in social situations”, I thought.
These were my thoughts about the importance of voice in communications. But what is the opinion of science?
If you read about Dr. Albert Mehrabian’s work on the 7-38-55% formula, you’ll know the importance of voice tonality in our communication. In fact, voice perception counts a lot in human interactions, whether we like it or not. And no matter how intelligent you are, if you don’t project a confident sound, you’ll be perceived as less intelligent than what you think you are. Sorry to teach you that :)
I did not experience lasting changes. I needed a program that helps me speak clearly. Period.
I searched Amazon.com and I found “Roger Love’s Vocal Power: Speaking with Authority, Clarity and Conviction“.
– Tony Robbins,
– Maroon 5,
– The Killers,
– Rob Thomas/Matchbox 20,
– The Beach Boys,
– The Jacksons, Def Leppard,
– Motley Crue,
– Iggy Pop,
– Smashing Pumpkins,
– Papa Roach,
– En Vogue,
– Billy Idol,
Here’s what you will learn in this program
– Factors that make our voices suck,
– Why people defeat their self-image with their voice,
– A classification of human voices: the Marilyn, the Rocky Balboa,…
– How to gain immediate attention from your audience,
– Simple easy-to-do exercises (I often do them on my way to the office),
– How to project an authoritative personality, without forcing it,
– Real-life scenarios and the type of voice that you need for it
What I liked in Roger Love’s Vocal Power
What I did not like about Roger Love’s Vocal Power
Vocal Power: The Verdict
Overall, the vocal lessons in this program helped me discover the biggest obstacle in producing better voice: breathing. I discovered that I’ve been breathing with my chest and not with my belly. I discovered that I was not connecting all the words and that I was often times whispering words instead of speaking louder.
– College student that prepare projects involving speaking in front of their classmates and tutors,
– Public speakers.