I don't like my speaking voice. What can I do about it?
2018: I hate the way my early episodes sound. Why did I mix them that way?
I've been thinking about this a lot since I started podcasting. It's not that I don't like my voice, but I've noticed that I have some speaking habits that I need to work on. I know this is something that a lot of people struggle with, because I get emails from people who tell me that they don't like the way their voice sounds or that they think they aren't a good speaker.
This is a vicious cycle that you can fall into. If you don't feel confident about your voice, you will speak timidly, which makes other people think you aren't confident, so they won't pay attention to you, which re-enforces your belief that your voice isn't good, and on and on. See how this circle feeds itself?
You have to break out of this cycle. You need to know that it's ok that you aren't a professional speaker yet. No one is born with a natural talent for speaking. It's something you can be taught, and like many things that can be taught, you can teach yourself. So if this is important to you, invest time in learning how to be better at it. It's a process.
Every time you talk to someone in person or on a podcast, you have a chance to improve and do better than the last time. It's up to you to take the initiative and look for ways to improve your speech.