Ever Lost Your Voice?

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.

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9 comments on “Ever Lost Your Voice?

  1. Your story gave me a great idea for something from my life that is a good story to start with. As you know my stroke in 2005 left me with a “funny” and not always understandable voice. As you said “… As someone who has always depended on my ability to articulate anything I want instantaneously ….” it left me with wondering how to communicate.

    What a great way to introduce some of my products and services! Thanks Lisa.

    • fantastic Trudy, so glad this was helpful for you…I can’t begin to imagine how challenging it was for you to find yourself unable to do the very thing that came so naturally to you… you’re work and drive is inspiring. Best wishes, Lisa

  2. Thanks Lisa for your story. It enlightened me to use my words more wisely. And also to appreciate that I have a voice. Not everyone are free (have freedom) to use their voice. In thinking in this way I hope to be more brave to speak and share with others. Even stories that are more personal. Sharing is caring.

    • Yes, sharing personal stories can feel difficult…and scary…but soooo worthwhile! thanks for sharing Anne

  3. These things encumber and frighten:
    1. Lack of worthwhile subjects for C-Suite types.
    2. Identifying/contacting the highest potential audiences
    3. Maintaining a low profile in this precarious ambience
    4. Mike fright, at the start.

  4. A funny thing : in french, phonetically, the word voice means also the path (but it's spelled differently: voix and voie).
    When you loose your voice it can also mean that you lost your path…
    Interesting, don't you think?

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