Frequently Asked Questions
You find answers to all your questions about Voicemaps and your personal Voicemap journey.
What are Voicemaps?
A Voicemap is a scientific measurement of your voice and its unique characteristics. It’s made up of two parts: Your Characteristics Voicemap – which is an analysis of the physical attributes of your voice; Your Impressions Voicemap – which is an analysis of the impression that your voice is likely to make on audiences. Together they are a tool that can help you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your voice, making it easier and faster to learn and improve your speaking voice. Let Voicemaps be a guide that through coaching can help you improve discover your authentic voice.
Why is are Voicemaps important?
Your voice is your greatest communication tool, and yet if you are like most people on this planet, you don’t even know what your voice truly sounds like, let alone the effect it has on audiences. Just ask yourself why you don’t like the sound of your own voice when you hear it on a recording? Speakers, presenters, managers and leaders who regularly use their voices to communicate important message to audiences need scientific feedback tools to help them to learn and to improve their skills, impact and influence.
What is technology based Voice Coaching?
A Voicemap can highlight your voice strengths and weaknesses. The key to rapid improvement is to use technology to pinpoint what you need to work on, and to measure progress frequently. Working with a Voicemaps voice coach, you can experience big changes in your voice capabilities and rapid improvement. The voice technicians at Voicemaps are also working on an online video series of Voice-Coaching lessons, exercises and games that can help you to make fast and lasting improvements. Find your authentic and powerful speaking voice today.
What is the meaning of Words, Music and Dance?
We communicate with the world around us using Words, Music and Dance.
- Words are the specific words and structures that we use, including things like metaphores and stories.
- Music is how we use our voices to convey emotion and impact.
- Dance is how we use our bodies to strengthen messages and communicate powerfully.
Your voice is only part of this complex equation, but it is often the tool that few presenters have worked on. Voicemaps allows you to align your voice with your words and dance, giving you the ability to communicate in a congruent and powerful manner.
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Your Characteristics Voicemap
What is a Characteristics Voicemap?
Your voice characteristics are unique to you and only you. These make up your unique voice personality. For each of these physical voice characteristics, there are ranges that audiences typically judge as acceptable and pleasant. Take for example voice Pitch. If is speaking with a pitch that is too high or too low, then audiences find it uncomfortable. There are also ranges that audiences prefer. Voicemaps can measure your natural tendencies and then predict how audiences are likely to respond.
What is Pitch?
Pitch is the high or low frequency of your voice. It is measured in Hertz. Most people tend to speak with a pitch that is too high (relative to their own norm). This signals stress.
To improve your pitch, the most important tip is to relax. When we are stressed, we tense our chest muscles, thus constricting the vocal chords. When we relax, our vocal chords also relax and are able to access the deep richer tones.
What is Tempo?
Tempo is PACE, or the speed or rate at which you speak. Most people speak too quickly. More than excitement, it most often signals stress to audiences. We can improve this by simply breathing more. A powerful speaker doesnt have to rush. Take your time. Breathe and discover that audiences respond better to your message.
What is Intensity?
Intensity is the VOLUME or loudness your voice. Intensity is important if you want to make a strong impression on audiences. Great speakers vary their intensity rather than just drone on. They shout when something is hugely important. They lean-in and whisper when things are personal. Most speakers we coach are simply too boring… No matter what your topic, it isn’t boring. Only the way you present it can be. Improve intensity by connecting to your story and bringing it alive.
What is Melody?
Melody is the ups and downs of pitch and intensity in your voice. Another word for this is Modulation. Great speakers modulate frequently. Have you ever listened to computer generated speech? It is usually flat and robot sounding. Metalic. Audiences hate this, yet why are so many technical people guilty of little or no modulation? We can improve this by telling stories. When we tell stories we do this naturally.
What is Articulation?
Articulation is how clearly you pronounce each consonant, syllable and word when you speak. Some of the most interesting research on this topic has shown that audiences judge speakers to be more intelligent if they articulate (or enunciate) clearly. It is crazy, but clear articulation significantly increases your likelihood of making a great first impression.
We can improve this by practicing and becoming more conscious. We also have a number of simple exercises you can do. Contact us.
What is Rhythm?
Rhythm is the patterns of long and short syllables when you speak. Think about the difference between Classical Music and Brazilian Samba jazz. One of the biggest differences is rhythm. When we speak, we establish rhythms as well. We can improve this by getting feedback and being more playful with our content. Speed up when things are exciting. Slow down when they are important. Vary pace, pitch and have some fun.
What is Jitter?
Jitter is the slight irregularity or inconsistency in your voice that occur when you speak, especially when you’re nervous. We all know what this sounds like. If a speaker is suddenly overcome with emotion, we hear a jitter in their voice. It signals emotion. If the emotions are genuine and from the heart, audiences love it.
What is Fluency?
Fluency is determined by those those meaningless sounds or repeated words, called disfluencies, that occur when you speak. These are the Umms, the Ahhs, the repeated meaninless words like “like, so, you know…”. We can improve this by learning to listen to our own disfluencies. At Voicemaps we have some fun exercises you can do to instantly remove disfluencies. Contact us.
Your Impressions Voicemap
What is an Impressions Voicemap?
Your voice will instantly make an impression on audiences. Audience will quickly judge your character based on these impressions and your voice is one of the most important elements. Voicemap Impressions are comprised of a number of different voice characteristics.
What comprises a Dynamic voice?
Dynamism is the amount of drive, energy and positive attitude you demonstrate when you speak.
What comprises a Pleasant voice?
Pleasantness is the ability to positively engage others by sounding adept and agreeable. Some speakers are less pleasant to listen to than others. How pleasant did you find the speaker’s voice to be?
What comprises a Competent voice?
Competence is sounding as though you have the necessary ability, knowledge or skill to do something successfully. Does your voice give the impression that you know what you are talking about? How believable are you when you speak? How well do people think you know your topic?
What comprises a Credible voice?
Credibility is the ability to convince an audience that you are worthy of their trust. When you speak to people have a tendency to trust you? Did your voice help your audience connect to what you were saying?
What comprises a Clear voice?
Clarity is the ability to sound coherent, lucid and intelligible when you speak. Does your voice, including the speed at which you speak, make your communication clear to your audeince? Is it easy or hard for others to follow your discussion? How clear does your audience they think yo were in what they talked about?
What comprises a Persuasive voice?
Persuasiveness is the ability to engage others and lead them to a different point of view. How successful are you in persuading others to take and action or to change their viewpoint? How persuasive did you sound?
The Science behind Voicemaps
What is the Voicemaps Characteristics Database?
We have conducted extensive audience testing in order to find out what types of voices that audiences respond to. For example, if you voice pitch is too high or too low, audiences will find this unpleasant and more rapidly tune you out. We have acceptable established ranges (measured in Hertz). Obviously they are different for men and women. Voices within these ranges score highly with audiences. Voices outside these ranges often score lower.
What is the Voicemaps Impressions Database?
Impressions are comprised from many different voice characteristics. Take DYNAMISM for example. If we brought a speaker and let you listen for several minutes, you would certainly have an opinion of how “dynamic” you found this speaker. We have done this with audiences and discovered that success leaves clues.
Your Impressions Voicemap is created by comparing your voice to some of the world’s most influential and powerful speakers including TED talk speakers, politicians, celebrities and other global thought leaders. The Voicemaps Impressions Database helps us map your individual impressions so we can work on helping you to improve your voice.
What is a spectrogram analysis?
According to Wikipedia, “A spectrogram is a visual representation of the spectrum of frequencies in a sound or other signal as they vary with time or some other variable. Spectrograms are sometimes called spectral waterfalls, voiceprints, or voicegrams.”
Spectrograms can be used to identify spoken words phonetically, and to analyse the various calls of animals. They are used extensively in the development of the fields of music, sonar, radar, and speech processing, seismology, etc.
With Voicemaps, we use a number of different scientific algorithms in order to analyse your voice to determine it’s unique qualities.
Who has developed the Voicemaps technology?
The Voicemaps technology is being developed by our core technical team. The database and algorithms are created by our in-house linguistics experts from the University College of London. The science and field of voice analysis is growing rapidly. We are constantly looking for innovative technologies and new approaches to voice analysis.
The Voicemaps Agents Network
What is the Voicemaps Agents Network?
Voicemaps is in the process of recruiting a number of international qualified voice coaches who work with clients to help them get the most from their personal Voicemaps journey. These Consultants are trained and skilled in using Voicemaps technology to rapidly change and improve a speaker’s voice and presentation skills.
How can I become a Voicemaps Agent?
If you are qualified voice coach with a proven record of working with clients then please get in touch so we can arrange an interview.
Voicemaps and Technology of Influence
Who owns Voicemaps
Voicemaps is a product made by The Technology of Influence AS – a Norwegian corporation, wholly owned by the Founders and Employees. TOI develops tools that help people to communicate better using science and technology as aids. Voicemaps is the first product to be launched. Future products include word (syntax) analysis, facial recognition and emotion mapping tools and wearable technology.
How is Voicemaps funded?
Voicemaps is funded by the founders and employees. Innovation Norway has also provided grants for seed funding. Additionally, Startuplab (Oslo) and Eggs Design have worked with us to enable innovation.
Can I invest in Voicemaps?
The current phase of Voicemaps development is fully funded but if you are interested the investment potential of our ground breaking technology then please get in touch.