It was that simple. I woke up one morning and when I started to speak nothing came out. And I mean nothing!
I was on vacation. I had moved from a cold climate to a very hot one. I had probably picked up some weird bug on the plane.
It was a first. I mean I’ve had sore throats many, many times. I’ve gone croaky and crackly on lots of occasions. But to completely lose my voice, to not even be able to squeak? Never before!
It was the strangest thing!
As someone who has always depended on my ability to articulate anything I want instantaneously, it was quite a shock. Suddenly I needed to make myself understood and it was not easy!
Luckily I was on vacation. Luckily I was not alone. Luckily it didn’t last very long. I’ve never forgotten the experience.
You see, I know that there are so many people who feel that they have lost their voice even when they are perfectly able to speak and make whatever sound they want.
You don’t need to have damaged vocal chords in order to feel unheard.
You don’t need to been unable to make a sound in order to experience that you don’t have impact or influence when you speak.
Can you relate to this?
When I lost my voice so completely, that was the lesson I learned. That I don’t alway use my voice wisely or well. That I had a lot to learn about speaking.
And it was the start of a journey. To explore and take advantage of the gift we have been given that shows up in the form of opinions, views, knowledge and curiosity.
So that I could begin to speak with less words and more meaning. So that I could teach others to do the same.
This journey transformed into the Story Coach Speaker’s Program – ‘Become and Inspiring Speaker – Storytelling for Confidence, Clients and Cash’. If you would like to speak with more impact, if you’d like to expand your business by speaking more effectively – this could be for you.
Check it out here: http://yourstoryisyoursuccess.com/speakers
And let me know what is your biggest challenge as a speaker. Leave a comment here.