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Many people say their voices don’t sound good when they hear a recording of themselves speaking. Why does your voice sound different in a recording?
Your voice is unpleasant.
Your voice sounds different in a recording because you are used to hearing your voice distorted through the bones in your skull. It doesn’t mean your voice sounds bad - you are simply not used it.
Your voice sounds different because you are hearing what others hear.
What if you can’t stand the sound of your voice?
Learn to love it.
Keep recording yourself and listening to your voice. Over time you will get used to the sound of your voice and be well prepared for your presentations.
Take vocal training instead of practicing your speech.
What if my voice is very distinctive or annoying?
Try to avoid speaking.
Realize that your audience is more interested in the messages in your speech than in your voice. Even if it is distinctive, there are plenty of successful speakers with distinctive voices.
Realize that having a distinctive voice may make you more memorable.
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