Victor Cheng Voice Update 19 comments… add one Maria Apr 5, 2013, 10:23 am Thank you, Victor! As always, you are inspiring and helpful mentor! There is real difference happening to your voice. I like it and will try to do the same with mine. You sounded very confident for me before. But, to my own surprise, in the 2-nd sample video I started believing what you were saying even without actually listening to WHAT you actually were saying. It was all about the way you talked. And it suprised me in a very good way. Good luck with further practice! Best regards, Maria Reply Link Victor Cheng Apr 12, 2013, 4:31 pm Maria, Thanks for letting me know. It’s been an interesting process and a new experience for me. -Victor Reply Link Rohit Apr 6, 2013, 7:41 am Hi Victor, you definitely sound better post training. Now to be honest, you suck at singing…lol…you should take some classical training and you can get close to Stevie Wonders. Best Rohit Reply Link Victor Cheng Apr 12, 2013, 4:32 pm Rohit, Thanks for the first part, and “ouch” on the second part. I’m having fun with the singing and its a big improvement for me – definitely not holding myself out as a singer. -Victor Reply Link Chris Anderson Apr 7, 2013, 3:45 am I’ve been following you for some time and I’m quite interested in this. I now live right by WeHo so it’s definitely a possibility. I hope to see you there and I want to thank you for all the advice you’ve shared and for taking the time to respond to an email I sent to you a while back. You’ve made a difference in my life. -Chris Reply Link Victor Cheng Apr 12, 2013, 4:36 pm Chris, I’m glad the email reply made a difference. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. You made my day! -Victor Reply Link Mario H. Apr 7, 2013, 2:57 pm Good evening from Munich Victor, I have been going through my e-mails and just saw your update. The way you articulate yourself and speak certainly has changed a lot from what it has been like before. The pace and tonality of your voice has become even better, which I would have not thought was possible. However, I allow myself to make one side comment. I realized that you’ve lost your ‘natural and authentic’ touch which I always admired about you. Always looking forward to your e-mails and the fact that you still continue to learn throughout your career. Incredible. Best regards from Munich, Mario H. Reply Link Victor Cheng Apr 12, 2013, 4:35 pm Mario, Thanks for your feedback. Could you elaborate on “you’ve lost your natural and authentic touch”? It’s the first time I’ve heard that and I’d love any more specific comments on that. Is this an overall impression you have? Is it in my writing, my speaking, or in the specific voice clip above (which was a voice clip of me reading from a transcript which is different experience than just talking off the cuff). -Victor Reply Link Thijs Apr 18, 2013, 9:21 am Hi Victor, Probably I can elaborate on Mario’s comment, because what he means is comparable to my feelings when listening to Roger Love’s speaking course on CD. While listening to this course, Roger’s voice sounds – of course – very good, but not thrustworthy and personal to me. This is comparable to your second voice clip, where I miss the warm, personal touch you normally have. My guess is that this is about ‘trying to hard’ to speak well, as the video parts before and after the voice clips do have more personal feel while sounding better than before (i.e. voice clip 1)! So definitely, this training did a lot for you, but don’t try to overdo the effect. By the way, your singing could use a little bit more of air pressure by controlling your diaphragm better during singing. The sound is improving for sure! All the best, Thijs Reply Link Salma Oct 28, 2013, 2:40 am Good morning from Cairo, Victor, I do not agree with Mario that you have lost your “natural and authentic touch”. You still sound like yourself to me. I am a non-native English speaker. I listened to your video above as it was running in the background and as I started hearing your second version with your “new” voice, I was surprised to realise how much data I missed while listening to your first version. The second version is definitely more attention-grapping, and (perhaps only for a non-native speaker) is much easier to understand. -Salma Reply Link Victor Cheng Nov 7, 2013, 6:29 pm Salma, Thanks for the feedback. Victor Reply Link Alex Nov 9, 2013, 7:40 am Hi Victor, Many thanks for sending me over this interesting video. The improvement in your voicing/speaking/singing skills is obvious. You sound way more articulate and eloquent than you did before; thanks for sharing all these inspiring articles & videos! Your attitude towards learning and development is really examplery. Keep doing great! Best Alex Reply Link Anton Dmitriev Dec 5, 2013, 5:39 am Hi Victor, Thank you for bringing up an interesting topic. Its very brave of you to share your singing video with the public compared to the fact that you were so shy in your singing classes. I agree with Salma that its so much easier to comprehend the second voice sample presented. Could you please specify what exactly did you do for your training for ten minutes a day? Thank you, Anton Dmitriev Reply Link Veec Jul 26, 2014, 10:47 am Hi Victor, Many thanks for sharing your own learnings with us and it is a great area to explore which is often ignored by many people. How wonderful that you are enjoying singing as a hobby and showing us the endeavor you have had! Very inspiring! Good luck and enjoy singing as well as your new voice! VEEC Reply Link Tony Jun 8, 2015, 6:14 pm Nice voice improvement! Now, speaking is more than just voice. It’s also logic, feeling, improvisation, and engagement, wouldn’t you agree? A voice coach can only go so far. Having said that, I’m lovin’ it. Tony Reply Link Syed Ali Jun 28, 2015, 5:43 pm Dear Victor, First of all thank you for sharing great stuff with us. Your voice before training was a bit irritating….don’t get me wrong you have nice and clear voice but the problem was a lot of breaks “stop & go” in between your sentences ….. After training you are much smoother and easier to understand….. SECOND part was amusing and I believe you did pretty good at singing as well and made me realize that consultants can have fun while learning great skills…Thanks once again for sharing…. Reply Link Marc Aug 6, 2015, 8:23 am That’s incredible! I really believe that even from this video I can see the stark difference in your mannerisms. I recently took a speech class and one of the most important parts was becoming listener focused. We looked at three major parts, behavior, speech and content. IN THAT ORDER. Without the right body language your message can be misinterpreted or misunderstood. With speech the power of pauses, voice range, volume all convey and help listeners absorb information and notify listeners when to pay close attention. All of this enhances how much content listeners remember. I’ve been doing my best to work on these skills one at a time! It looks like your teacher has been doing a great job of helping with speech. Your eye contact is amazing and you pause more so that listeners can have time to absorb what you have said. What brings me the most joy is to see how joyful you are. I can see your heart and passion in what you are doing and it makes me happy to see that. You have a lot to be proud of. Reply Link Will Parker Jul 27, 2016, 7:01 am Hi Victor, (long time reader/subscriber and admirer of your work). I must say, that as someone with well developed speaking and presenting skills and acting training (nowhere near used to my potential I’m afraid), it is immediately apparent that you have developed a more versatile, expressive and controlled delivery, of what has always been a voice I have found to be easy to listen to, understand and warm to. I think with respect to the comment about the ‘natural and authentic’ touch, you hit the nail on the head when you identified the fact that the first was an off-the-cuff recording and the second was delivered from a script. It is nearly impossible to replicate the off-the-cuff tonality, pace and character of improvised delivery from a script. Though trained actors (with requisite talent and experience) can do it convincingly I don’t think this was what you were attempting to demonstrate. I found your more developed voice just as warm, genuine and accessible. I believe the authenticity is conveyed through your words from your obvious passion, belief in your craft and confidence that you can speak with authority about it. The ‘natural’ characteristic mentioned is, I think, simply a function of impromptu speaking compared to scripted delivery. The most apparent improvement in the comparison is the movement of your voice down, into your chest and projected with ease from the diaphragm driven breath. In the first clip, your voice sounds more ‘nasal’ and has a higher timbre that comes from speaking at the top of the breath and from the mouth (though that can also be exacerbated by microphones and the acoustics of the room). Anyway – I know you know this because it’s all part of the process you’ve been through, but I wanted to post something constructive and thank you for constantly being an inspiration, especially to those of us who see that you not only ‘teach’, but remain committed to being a ‘student’. Your humility and gift of sharing your wealth of knowledge is admirable – thank you! Best, Will Reply Link Sean Ma Apr 15, 2018, 11:47 pm Hi Victor, Thanks for sharing this video. This is actually the first video I’ve tried to click open. (Being in Mainland China, it’s a bit of work to get over the wall and open a vimeo video). I enjoyed your video very much. Having done this now, I’ll be sure to check out more videos of you later on. Best regards, Sean Ma Reply Link Leave a Comment Cancel reply Name * Email * Website Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.