Why All Good Podcasters Love Their Own Voice

Sitting behind a microphone and talking is a surreal experience. There’s something so unnatural about it, the first time most do it they tense up. They can’t think straight and they might even start to change their voice.  Slipping into a voice that is not entirely their own. This process is pretty common.

Most people are a little embarrassed about their voice when they talk into a microphone and think that if they can tweak it just a little it’ll sound better. But the truth be told, your voice is probably fine, the problem is you’re just too close to it. You’ve heard it all your life and you are probably your worst critic.

When I first started in Radio I was so appalled at my own voice that I constantly used to talk in a ‘put on’ voice. I’d heard a local Radio DJ who had this big, booming voice and thought “I wish I sounded like that”. So I stopped wishing and started pretending. Before long I was talking in this artificial, booming voice (I thought it sounded great) . This served a few needs for me.

  1. It gave me a voice (that wasn’t mine) to hide behind.
  2. It made me feel like more successful Radio DJ’s.

But in reality what my put on voice really did was prevent me from being myself. See your voice is what you’re born with, it’s the predominant way you communicate with the world. By denying your true voice, you’re denying a part of yourself.

I came to this realization after talking in someone elses voice for several years. See it sounds unbelievable, but with my fake voice I found that I had to change other characteristics about me to make things sound consistent. My laugh for instance sounded totally out of place with the big bass sounding boom voice that I was putting on. So out with the old laugh and in with a new one. Great  – now a fake laugh.

Writing about it now is pretty embarrassing but I hear a lot  podcasters who aren’t using their own voice and it’s pretty obvious. If that’s you, take it from me, stay with the voice God gave you. You have your own unique voice and that’s what makes you, you.

Besides the days of having golden tonsils are well and truly behind us. What an audience wants to hear is a real voice from a real person. Not a voice over artist.

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