Voice and communication skills

Sarah-Jane Wren
Speech and Language Therapy
in Brighton and Lewes

Voice and communication skills 10th December 2018

Voice, Speech, and Communication skills

Being able to express ourselves is one of the most important aspects of being human and a right that we each have. My work is to help you to reach your potential to express yourself.

Your voice

Your voice is unique to you. It is shaped by your physical and emotional being, as well as by cultural and social factors. We each have our own set of voice habits, and as with all habits if they are not working for us, they can be changed for the better.

If you use your voice a lot in your work you may have developed some habits that are not helpful. Projecting your voice effectively and safely is a skill really worth having. You may be holding subtle tensions in your vocal mechanism that restrict the range or quality of your voice. You may be prone to tiring or losing your voice if you are not using it in the best way.

For some people the tension habits arise due to stress or upset. The voice is an extremely sensitive instrument. When we talk to a loved one on the phone we can easily tell if they are tired or unhappy - we hear it in their voice.

You can have a lot of fun exploring your voice - most people can benefit from learning how their voice works, how to look after it, and how to enjoy it at its best.

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Your speech

Some people have difficulties in speaking as clearly as they would like.

This is often something that goes back to childhood and may be associated with having had language or phonological (speech sound) problems or other specific learning difficulties (SLDs) such as dyslexia.

You may feel it is harder to say longer words or to pronounce new words, or there may just be particular sounds such as 's' or 'r' that cause you problems. You may feel it is harder when you are tired or under stress.

If English is not your first language you may feel you want to improve your English pronunciation and speech pattern (rhythm and intonation are important in conveying meaning in English).


Your communication skills

Communication involves how we listen and pay attention to others, as well as what we say and what our body language says.

You may be a great listener but not so confident when it comes to putting your own ideas across. You may feel it is hard for you to find the right words or to structure your sentences.

If you talk a lot but forget to give the other person your attention when they are speaking you are likely to experience frequent misunderstandings and frustration.

It can be that you are not feeling you have the right to be heard so you say the minimum or rush what you are saying or just keep quiet.

Again, as with problems with speech, these difficulties very often go back to childhood and are associated with having had language problems or other specific learning difficulties (SLDs) such as dyslexia or ADHD, or other difficult experiences when growing up.

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