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Many people tell us that we speak too loudly. However, we don’t always know the actual cause of our loudness. So we must understand the underlying cause and find a solution to the problem. There are various ways that you can make your voice less loud: Practice speaking softly; Avoid using “you” when talking; and try to speak using your diaphragm.
Practice speaking softly
If you want others to hear what you say, it is important that you practice speaking softly. It is impossible to persuade an audience if they can’t hear your words. Many people tend to speak too softly in public because they are afraid to speak loudly or because they don’t want to “impose.” While this is perfectly understandable, remember that your audience has come to hear your message, and they will respond best if you speak softly.
Avoid using “you” as in “You talk too loudly”
If you’re talking to someone, it’s best to avoid saying, “You talk too loud!” Even if you think they are overdoing it, the “you” part can come across as accusatory and doesn’t inspire cooperation. Instead, identify the problem with “your voice” and ask them to reduce their volume.
Avoid speaking from your diaphragm
When speaking, you should avoid yelling and shouting. This is because they constrict the vocal cords and can cause damage. Instead, speak from your diaphragm and keep your neck muscles relaxed. You can increase your volume slowly so that you do not strain your voice. You should also avoid coughing, which can also damage the vocal cords.
In singing and public speaking classes, teachers often describe the diaphragm as a flat, hot water bottle-like muscle. It’s what causes the lungs to inflate, creating a vacuum. When you speak from your diaphragm, your voice will sound deeper and more powerful.
The diaphragm is not located in the navel, but instead is situated in the abdomen. It is best to speak from your diaphrag and expand your abdominal muscles. This increases your oxygen intake, grounds you as a speaker, and will lower your heart rate.