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Where Does Your Voice Come From? �

It comes from the sounds of your mother tongue, and what I also like to call your mother ear. You see, you first heard sound spoken by your parents, your immediate family and the community around you. And these ‘sounds’ were used by your family to explain the world that you were trying to make sense of in your very early and every day development. You were melded to these sounds in a very primal way. Now they inform all of your deepest and most instinctual vocal responses, and so in turn all of the vocal responses that you have further developed and layered as you matured. They even shape the accent, inflection and character of the little voice in your head, the voice you think with, the one that is so instructive of your every waking moment.  

It also comes from the rhythm of your mother tongue that informs the beat of your thoughts and the rhythms in your souls.  

And it comes from the sounds of the natural world you grew up in, and from the music you heard in your developmental years.  

It comes from the rhythms inherent in every home, town, language and accent on earth, that inform who we are culturally, socially and even as reactive animals without our even knowing it.  

It comes from the rhythm of life too. From the ba boom ba boom ba boom of your mother’s heart beat heard in the womb and the sound of your own heart beat felt and heard outside the womb.  

So all the above ideas of accent and rhythm are important to you as communicators because they shape the way you communicate naturally, and you need to re-explore and rediscover them and introduce them into all your communication. They are important to you because they have to get into every thought you have, into every emotion you feel, and into every reaction you experience so that you can express yourself to the public in a deeply connected, engaging and instinctual manner. And they are important to you as communicators because mostly you have adopted other outdated or false methods of communication that need to be shed. Methods of communication disrupted by literacy and grammar, by the pursuit of order and rules, by the history of radio and TV broadcasting, by the rules of formal public speaking, formal oral presentations and by debating societies and by the rules laid out by ministers, headmasters and many language teachers. Rules that contain you and so must be broken to allow you your vocal freedom! 

© Donald Woodburn

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