We all hate listening to the sound of our own voice (or perhaps some of us), but don’t forget that we have a very different perception of what we sound like in comparison to what others hear, so when listening back to our own voice, it can sound alien and non recognisable as our true voice.
It’s worth remembering this and not to be too self critical!
The reason for this, is that when we speak, most of the sound that we produce is bouncing round the cartilage and cavities of our body (head, nasal area, throat and chest)
What someone else hears can be significantly different. They’re hearing the reflection of the sound within the room you’re both in, which then has to be interpreted within their mind.
When we record our voice, we generally hear it back through a series of acoustic to electric converters such as a microphone, amplifier, and speaker and by the time it reaches our ear, it’s gone through quite a few changes of energy.
Try recording your voice as often as you can
This will desensitise any anxiety you might have when listening to yourself back.
Use different acoustic environments
The size and material of a room, whether you’re using a microphone to speak with, listening back through monitors, will have an impact on how your voice sounds to others.
If you’re planning to create podcasts or a regular vlog for instance, think seriously about the type and quality of the microphone you use. Different mics will make you sound completely different…
What experience do you have of listening to your own voice?
Also, let me know if you’d like me to do a video on the different types of microphone for speech and recording down in the comments below...