Improve your Tone of Voice with NLP Exercises and Techniques


When you improve your tone of voice, you will discover how easy it is to get people to respond to you in a positive and accommodating fashion.

It's one of the most important skills for getting on in life.

Exercise 1: Moving your voice around

Press your hand on your nose and say "nose".

Concentrate on your nose as you repeat the word until you can feel your nose vibrating.

Now do the same exercise with your hand on your throat saying "throat".

And finally on your chest saying "chest".

Keep practicing until you can really feel the vibration in each place.

Notice how different each one sounds.

Exercise 2: Using your range

Starting from a high note say 'ar' (as in the letter r) keeping your mouth open allow the note to drop down until your breath runs out.

Repeat this ten times.

Starting from a low note say 'ou' (As in you without the y), allowing the note to rise until you cannot support the sound.

This sound may remind the British reader of Frankie Howard.

Repeat this ten times.

Exercise 3: Resonate

To use your voice correctly it must resonate in the 'mask'.

This is the facial area surrounding the nose and mouth.

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Hum at whatever pitch is most comfortable for you. Once you have found your pitch then hum 'umm' followed immediately by the word 'ready'. Do this a few times, then try the words 'now', 'one', 'two', 'three'.
  2. Hum and then allow your lips to vibrate. You are attempting to sound like a dove. Allow the pitch to rise and fall. This is very difficult if there is any tension in the jaw or face. Done correctly for a few minutes, your face will start to feel numb.

After a couple of minutes using these methods you should notice that your voice sounds crisper and the sound has better attack.

The best way to improve is to spend about 5 minutes a day going through these exercises.

If you drive to work on your own then there is no excuse not to improve your tone daily!



Previous comments

Voice changes back

When I use the exercises my voice sounds really good for a while, but as I work with people my voice drifts back to normal. Is there a way to ensure that the voice I get when doing these exercises stays longer?

SW, Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted May 8, 2010 at 12:33

Build a State and Anchor it

Check the anchoring and state management lessons. Yo want to find the attributes of when you speak well and create a really strong state, anchor it and then use when you need to speak well.

Chris Harrison, UK

Posted May 14, 2010 at 21:32


Just make sure your aware of your voice is good enough and keep practicing daily it will be permanent :)


Posted October 3, 2010 at 10:49:40

no improvement

Sorry it didn't work.

Christopher, SA

Posted February 20, 2012 at 15:49

Specifics Please

Christopher, can you be more specific?

Chris Harrison, UK

Posted February 21, 2011 at 10:33