A Word More About Voice



Earlier this month we referenced the idea of a person’s voice.  Specifically one of the meanings for that word.  Which discusses verbally expressing one’s point-of-view.  This meaning includes the outlook; opinions; beliefs; and one’s image of themselves in the world.  How we share these thoughts with our society; and our need for expressing our view of reality with others.

This concept of voice is integral to a person’s idea of themselves as a ‘first person’ part of existence.  It is our belief that our future success as humans is tied to our continued sharing of these unique outlooks.  As our willingness for sharing what we have learned  individually progresses.  For we stand alone in our ability to exchange and collaborate our thoughts and ideas.  And our combined efforts work for our mutual, long-term benefit.

But there is another aspect of this word which bares consideration.  Which also discusses the nature of our vocal abilities.  It is the tonal quality of our voices; the sounds and speech patterns themselves.  Although people do often do not consider this (unless they are singing).  The human voice is a versatile, and flexible musical instrument; with an impressive range of potential auditory vocalizations.  This is important for forming the many different sounds which make up the words, and utterances of our speech.

The more accurately, and faithfully, one grasps these tonal references and speech patterns; the more effective their ability to communicate is.  Mastering this aspect of voice not only lead to better English  proficiency; but improved skills in almost any spoken language.  As with any musical instrument, the ‘time spent on task’ is a crucial element of learning to play it well.

The same holds true for developing speaking skills and effective word choice selection.  As well as vocabulary range; understanding concepts; and learning dialects.  Even the cadence, and volume level of your words convey a message.  It will either bolster, or undermine the message carried by your words.  This is one reason why it is important to speak clearly, and enunciate well.

When using one’s speaking voice to its’ fullest potential, provides information on many levels.  It can address more than one message at the same time.  And indicate other intentions, emotions, or desires.  Accomplishing this level of speaking skill can be gained by listening carefully to the speech, and words of others.

Observe how they express ideas with their word choices, and style of presentation.  Are they formal?  Is it jargon?  Is it slang?  Do they use complete statements?  Or do they speak in the negative?  Do they whisper?  Do they sneer?  Are they direct? Or are they coy?  Note the various tools they bring into play, as they present their message.  As they express themselves and make sure they are understood.

Of course, the best way to become skilled with a musical instrument is to practice playing it incessantly.  This will work just as well for anyone who faithfully practices using their speaking skills.  Your voice is a musical  instrument which is always with you.  And you can practice using it, as you will; either with others, on others, or alone.  There are of course, other ways one can study improving their conversational skills.

Some are more formal, such as taking an English course.  And some may cost more money such as language software or tapes.  You may even gain some insights from information presented on this website.  However, experience indicates the most important tools for improving your language skills.  They help with speaking more effectively as well as being understood more clearly.  In our opinion, those tools are time, effort, and will.


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Respectfully Yours,

J. A. Stubbs, Editor-In-Chief

Forgotten Lore Publishing, llc

A Word About Voice


Voice is but one of many words in the English language, that have more than one meaning; depending on its usage.  In one sense it is a term which refers to the vocal aspects of our speech-making ability.  It describes the deliberate  sounds people make.  Whether they are grunting or humming, singing or talking.  Or making any other arbitrary audible sound.

This aspect of voice concerns speech patterns and vocal utterances we use.   The deliberate sounds we make to reach other minds, and share ideas with them.  Long ago we perfected these audible characteristics and capabilities.  Together, along with the rules and conventions of language we use, gives us speech.  This allows for communication as we use and understand it today.

However, there is another aspect of voice we reference today.  It is the idea of voice which represents an individual understanding, and point of view.  Each person has their own internal perception of the world around them.  That understanding is a unique apprehension of what the world is.  For each person, that perception is reality.  And they are fully invested in that view of the world.

This behavior indicates how their viewpoint orders their lives, and choices.  Each person’s voice reflects the outlook,  information, and experiences, they amass over time.  It also reveals the perspective they develop, as they grow.  And their understanding of how things actually are.  These conclusions create the distinct reference which informs their voice.  They also directly reflect their inner thoughts.

Each person has a voice which springs from their inner awareness.  And so every voice desires an audience.  All people have an inherent need for consideration.  In fact, it is clear our need for this relationship is pronounced. So we’ve developed the capabilities which now make that possible.  Because people are strongly motivated, and culturally conditioned, to share what they know with each other.  Thus we freely share our point-of-view with others.

This idea exchange is a part of our connection with each other.  And expands each person’s ability for exploring more of the world than they personally see.  It also satisfies need for self-expression which all people have.  As such, it is a basic factor of human motivation which drives our interactions in society.   It also informs others of our beliefs, goals, and understanding.  And ultimately characterizes our relationships with other people.

Although every voice desires expression; for a variety of reasons, not every voice is heard.  When voices are not heard or allowed to speak, discord is often the result.  Because denying people a chance for expressing their voice only compels their use of other avenues of expression.  This breakdown in the exchange of ideas causes alienation, mistrust, and misunderstanding.  When this condition occurs, it works at odds with a peacefully functioning society.

Every voice does not hold, or share, the ideas or information which develop, or enhance the course of society.  But that is not every voice’s mission.  Some voices seek only express the beauty they find in life, or in the world.  Or reveal their desire for the safety of their society, or themselves.  Some voices strive to explore and share their understanding of reality.  But how will we know which voice offers valuable thoughts?  Unless we listen; and hear different voices when they speak.

Our voice shows others who we are.  As it reveals ourselves and makes our understanding of the world, known to others.  Voice is a needed contribution to our collective appreciation of reality.  And why we are here in it.  It is the result of an ancient commitment humanity has made to itself.  Our voice is a force (born of our life’s energy) which demands expression.  This impulse is not easily denied.  So we should take the time needed to hear one another.  But beyond that; grant each other the time needed for true consideration.

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Respectfully Yours,

J. A. Stubbs, Editor-In-Chief

Forgotten Lore Publishing, llc