Do you worry about losing your voice?
No. When I love the music I’m singing, it is just there for me. – Barbara Streisand, in CBS Sunday Morning interview, Aug. 21, 2011
Do you know how to find your voice?
It what you say and how you say it when you’re in the moment talking about something you love, fear, hate, dread, want or wish for.
It’s your unvarnished truth.
It’s what you say when no one’s looking or listening.
It’s what you say when you’re not trying to be smart or politically correct.
It’s what you say when you’re talking out your feelings without reservation or censoring.
Your voice is in your first draft.
Yet too often we edit out our voice.
We review what we’ve written and start woryying what people will think.
We start trying to impress or we clean up our prose so it’s grammatically correct.
We think about our planned remarks and decide they’re too risky so we dial them back.
Yet when we play it safe and take out the edge, our voice becomes generic.
We start sounding like everyone else.
Because we have taken out the one thing that makes us uniquely interesting.
Are you writing a blog or article today? Working on your manuscript? Planning a presentation?
Dare to be distinct.
Don’t edit yourself.
Go stream-of-conscious and allow your passionate point of view and take on life to come out and play.
The world is a better place when you have the courage to trust what you think and feel – and voice it.