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Is it ok to sound like you?

A lot of podcasters hold themselves back from starting their own show because they think they don’t have the right voice to be a broadcaster.

But when you’re trying to connect with people you’ve never met, your content, delivery and authenticity matters a million times more than your voice.

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That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about how you sound

While you can’t do much to change the voice you were born with, you can modulate it.

In fact, being in control of your voice and thinking about how you sound is an essential part of being a good presenter.  That means controlling things like your volume, pitch and intonation.

Part of building a connection with your audience involves creating an audio environment they feel comfortable in and a huge part of that is the sound of what comes out of your mouth.

You don’t need to copy anyone else but you do need to learn how to wield your voice in the most effective way possible.

Are these things holding you back from starting a podcast?

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No one wants to listen to ‘Regional Radio Man’

Podcasting is all about creating an intimate connection with your listeners and the best way to do that is by talking to your audience like you’d talk to an old friend.

If you sound like you’re doing a voiceover this won’t make you sound more professional.  It’ll actually disconnect you from your audience because that’s not how friends talk to each other.

People with an old school ‘radio voice’ often sound like they’re talking AT you, not to you and that’s definitely not what you want in an environment as intimate as a podcast.

The most important thing is to be authentic and that means being true to how you sound.

Here’s an example of what not to do…

Passion and content is way more important than what you sound like

If you’re passionate about what you do, turn up regularly in your listeners’ ears, create content with your audience in mind and try to connect with them in a genuine way, the sound of your voice won’t matter at all.

In fact, it’ll start to become a source of comfort for regular listeners as they build a relationship with you.

Listeners care much more about authenticity and that means the most important thing you can be is yourself – voice and all.

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Your voice will change

Believe it or not, the more time you spend behind the microphone, the more your voice will change.

If you’re wearing headphones (which you should be at all times) you’ll get an immediate feedback loop that will allow you to hear exactly what your audience hears so you can adjust your performance accordingly.

Doing this over time will improve your style so it’s important to actively listen to yourself when you’re presenting to make sure what you’re hearing in your ears is the best it possibly can be.

Why you need to wear headphones

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Practice makes perfect

You’re never going to jump on a microphone and nail it the first time, so don’t beat yourself up if it takes you a little while to find your groove.

All your audience cares about is your personality and the connection they have with you.

Your uniqueness is what’s going to make an audience love you, so if the sound of your voice is holding you back don’t let it.

Jump in the deep end, get practising and realise your passion and your connection with an audience matters so much more than how you sound.

Got a burning podcasting question you’d like answered? Send me an email.

Want to start your own podcast but need a little help?  Download my “How To Start A Podcast” guide or sign up for my online podcasting course, PodSchool.

1 Comment
  1. Valerie Anderson says:

    I needed to hear this as I am just getting started. Thank you!

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