(Business Mentor Notes: Veteran voice artist. Experienced radio broadcaster. Internationally awarded youth advocate. Author. Highly sought-after motivational speaker and trainer. For 20 years, Pocholo's voice has not only been used to bring literally thousands of characters and brands to life, but more importantly, for inspiring, motivating and empowering his fellow Filipinos. With the voice being his passion and his life, Pocholo established the very first voice acting school in the country, Philippine Center for Voice Acting. He also founded Voice of the Youth Network - an organization that gives the youth a voice in broadcast media, and Voice Care Philippines - a training organization that teaches professional voice users about vocal health to save their voice and save their career.
As a motivational speaker, Pocholo has been invited to take on the podium more than 1,000 times here and abroad, speaking to students and professionals on topics such as voice acting, communication, personal branding, Guerrilla Marketing, understanding the youth, life and leadership principles, and youth empowerment and development.
Pocholo has recently launched POCHOLOGY ACADEMY – his very own team of trainers, motivational speakers and teambuilding facilitors. Pochology Academy is the new-world SCHOOL OF LIFE that aims to inspire every Filipino towards greatness, excellence and success.)
Imagine for one second that no human being produces voice. How would a teacher teach a lesson? How would lawyers defend their client? How much fun would cartoons be? Can you appreciate a song without the words?
The human voice is one of the most powerful sounds in the world. Other sounds may be louder, but only the human voice has the power to convey messages that could very well move shape and shake the world. In our personal and professional lives, we do a lot of talking – whether in person, over the phone, or to an audience. At work, we use our voice to coach our staff, argue with our boss, pitch to an investor, or speak to a client. At home, we
use our voice to tell our spouse how our day has been, ask our spouse how their day has been, or check if the kids did their homework. Speaking is probably the human activity that we spend most of our day doing!
Despite being an extraordinary and essential instrument, however, our voice remains to be our most overlooked and taken-for-granted tool.
Think about it. How many times have you taken conscious effort to project your voice the proper way? Did you even know there is a proper way to project your voice? How often do you drink water throughout the day to keep your throat moist? How conscious are you of the way you breathe?
We always say that prevention is better than cure, but that is not our natural approach when it comes to our voice. Our “default setting” seems to be that whenever we open our mouths to speak, there will be voice coming out. That is, until we experience the opposite. When hoarseness, sore throat and loss of voice occurs, that’s when we start scrambling to learn the behaviors and do the things to salvage what is left of our voice.
This is especially true for professional voice users – people whose occupations rely heavily on voice use – like teachers, preachers, lawyers, salespeople, trainers, public speakers, TV and radio broadcasters, among many others. The voice is their primary tool of the trade, but they are not given or taught the fundamentals of how to properly produce their voice, or prevent vocal strain and abuse. Professional voice users are trained on how to USE the voice – communication, speech and even public speaking – but not on its CARE.
Care Philippines is a training organization whose mission is to equip professional voice users with the knowledge and tools to save their voice and save their career. Founded in 2013 by Pocholo “The Voice Master” Gonzales – veteran voice artist, experienced radio broadcaster, internationally awarded youth advocate, author, and highly sought-after trainer and motivational speaker. For 20 years, Pocholo’s voice has been used not only to bring literally thousands of characters and brands to life, more importantly, to inspire, motivate and empower his fellow Filipinos through training and motivational speaking.
Here are tips coming from the Voice Master himself: