Do you hate the sound of your own voice? You’re not alone! Hating the sound of your own voice is incredibly common, even for podcasters.
What you hear when you are speaking is different than what other people hear, and different than what you hear when you listen to a recording of yourself. This mismatch in perception can be jarring, and might prompt the question “Is that really what I sound like?” Yes, that is really what you sound like, but that’s true for everyone! No one’s voice sounds exactly the way it does in their head, and so many people dislike the sound of their own voice. If this is something you’re struggling with, it can be helpful to recognize that you’re not alone in this problem, and in fact many podcasters struggle with the same thing.
What Can You Change?
If you hate the sound of your voice, there are some things you can do about it! First of all, practice. The more comfortable you get in front of the mic, the more natural your voice is going to sound. Your confidence will grow with each episode you do, and confidence plays a big factor in how your voice sounds.
Do you put on a “podcast voice” instead of speaking with your natural voice? Do you say filler words such as “like” or “um”? Do you rush through what you’re saying so you’re difficult to understand? These are all things you have control over, and if you practice you can make improvements.
What Can’t You Change?
The truth is, there are some things you can’t change. At the end of the day, your voice is your voice. Should you let that stop you from doing your podcast? Absolutely not! Think about all of the podcasters you love. What if one of them hated the sound of their voice, and because of that never started their podcast? That would be such a loss to all of their listeners!
Remember, no one is going to be as critical of your voice as you are. Chances are, your listeners aren’t going to notice the flaws that you find to be so evident in your voice. Your listeners are going to listen to your show because they like the content that you provide, and they enjoy listening to you.
We get it. Podcasting can be uncomfortable if you’re unhappy with the sound of your voice. But if you take anything away from this post, let it be this: don’t let something like the sound of your voice stop you from starting your podcast. You have something to say that will be different from the way anyone else will say it, and we encourage you to take the leap.
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