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To hate my voice so much that I want to change it?

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countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:33:51

Whenever I hear my voice on a home video or answering machine I HATE IT. It's high-pitched, nasal, I speak too fast (I think). Urgh!

What on earth can I do?

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:35:13

Apart from stopping talking altogether, I mean grin

Claw01 Tue 09-Apr-19 17:35:28

Everyone hates their voices on hearing them back, don’t they?!

Aquamarine1029 Tue 09-Apr-19 17:37:49

Take lessons from a voice coach. They can really help. I had a friend who went to one years ago and the difference was amazing.

GemmeFatale Tue 09-Apr-19 17:38:39

Speak slowly and breath properly when speaking. It will make a huge difference

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:39:00

That's an idea. Wish I'd done it earlier. I've been talking like this for a very long time. I wonder how many people I've turned off with it? I heard that trying to lower your voice an octave is helpful, but to be honest I forget.

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:40:05

People never take me seriously. I sound younger than I am because of it too, I think. I often find in conversations people just talk over me. Maybe it's the content of what I am saying too, of course...too boring?

Hfksnbd Tue 09-Apr-19 17:41:43

I hate my voice, I think everyone does. I always remind myself that I can't recall I time in my life where I've ever been speaking to someone and thought what an awful voice smile

mimibunz Tue 09-Apr-19 17:42:05

How old are you? When I was in my early 20s I almost died the first time I heard my voice. I promise you it’s not as bad as you think it is!

Teaa Tue 09-Apr-19 17:43:46

The tip about speaking more slowly is a good one.

I hate my voice too. In fact, after hearing myself the other day I’ve discovered I have a lisp! Why has no one told me this before?! Weirdly I don’t hear it in my head...

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:44:19

I'm early 50s.

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:45:34

Obviously, when people can see me, they don't think I'm young of course grin but I feel they just see me as a bit of a lightweight. Perhaps I am.

LakieLady Tue 09-Apr-19 17:46:39

In my head, I sound like Joanna Lumley, but when I hear myself, I'm more like a slightly posher Janet Street-Porter.

I bloody hate it.

TooGood2BeFalse Tue 09-Apr-19 17:47:09

I am 31 with an extremely high-pitched chilldlike voice blush On the phone it's even worse, and I am regularly asked if my Mum is there. I am Mum....

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:49:04

I'd like a lower-pitched calming voice. Mine can get quite shrill when I am excited/angry too.

Iooselipssinkships Tue 09-Apr-19 17:50:33

Take up smoking 40 a day?

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:51:21

Take up smoking 40 a day?

grin I may get a husky purr with that.

SimonJT Tue 09-Apr-19 17:51:59

I sound like a 14 year old girl, I’m a 31 year old man, so I definitely feel your pain.

When people phone me I get “Can I speak to Mr Simon please?” To which I reply that I am Mr Simon which normally results in something like “Mrs Simon can I speak to your husband please?” fuck sake.

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:53:59

Oh, SimonJT grin We must all do something about this. This can't go on!!!!!!

I am listening to a podcast and the woman has such a lovely voice IMO. Wish I could talk that way.

mimibunz Tue 09-Apr-19 17:55:04

Oh dear. I would agree that you might want to hire a voice coach if you hate it that much.Check out the page of Ann Utterback, she’s a voicedoc!

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:55:37

Thanks, mimi

mimibunz Tue 09-Apr-19 17:55:55

And don’t mention my name!

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 17:56:06

okay wink

SimonJT Tue 09-Apr-19 18:18:37

Countchukula, I smoke too, otherwise I would probably sound like a 12 year old! I’m like one of the dogs from Up when their collar goes wrong.

countchuckula Tue 09-Apr-19 18:20:38

SimonJT You are really making me giggle grin

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