Voicing Myself - Self Development

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VOICING MYSELF

The objective of this exercise is to explore some of the levers that affect my Voice. My use of a capital ‘V’ is intentional – to signify the Voice here refers to my voice in both the literal and figurative sense i.e. the quality of my voice when I speak, as well as my outlook and opinion.

One of the primary levers which affect my voice is the state of my body (health, injury, habits). When I feel healthy, am not suffering from injuries, and am generally rested, I feel confident – a confidence which manifests itself in my Voice. On the other hand, when I feel unhealthy, am injured, fatigued, haven’t slept enough or am hung over, I tend to want to keep quiet and minimise my interaction with others.

My environment also tends to play a major role in determining my Voice. In a formal setup, I tend to be reserved, while I am fairly outgoing in an informal setup. At work, I tend to maintain some distance with my colleagues, barring the odd colleague with whom I feel especially comfortable. Amongst friends as well, I do maintain some distance, though less so than with colleagues at work. Amongst family members, for the most part I tend to voice my opinion frequently, actively and with little hesitation. It appears, therefore, that like most others, my inclination to Voice myself is a function of (directly proportional to) my level of comfort within a group. While I have used colleagues, friends and family as the environment defining parameters here, the parameter set could just as easily have been something else – outlook and perspective, cultural background, religious background, education level, social class and so on – the list is technically endless. The underlying determinant is comfort level – if I am relatively comfortable in my environment, I’ll be able to Voice myself effectively; if I am like a fish out of water in my environment at any…...

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