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The Lost Voice

You don’t realize what you’ve got until it’s going… going… gone, right? My fiancé is literally voiceless right now, at home with a sore throat. Of course, with the help of some zzz’s and some prescribed pills, he will be his old self.

It’s easy to forget the impact of voice… your voice… those without a voice. Thanks to the beauty of virtual connection, we don’t always need an actual voice, we’ve still got our voice, even if it’s behind the social media curtain.

When something is temporarily gone, we crave it. All we want to do is use what we can’t get our hands on. What would you do if you lost your voice?

I challenge you to temporarily lose something: your voice, your vision, your morning coffee, the ability to dance. Whatever it is, I ask you to go without it for a period of time. Use your other senses, and get a feel for what it is to lose something (even if it’s, thankfully, not really gone).

Perhaps you realize that you abuse your voice and talk too much; you begin to listen more. Or without your vision, you might find your voice. And while you don’t dance, you can still groove to the beat in your head.

What changes in your life? Do you appreciate what you’ve got a little bit more? How does this affect your work space, your client conversations, the way you prepare for success?

Fill us in! I’d love to hear about what you learn about your surroundings and yourself.


  • Paul Strikwerda

    As a voice-over professional, losing my voice wouldn’t be a good thing. My voice is my bread and butter.

    Over the years I have had to train my vocal cords, just like singers and stage actors do. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to narrate audio books (such as “Brains on Fire”), commercials and long e-Learning projects.

    I’ve also learned to avoid loud environments, parties and other gatherings where I’d have to raise my voice just to have a normal conversation.

    If I ever were to lose my voice, I would focus on my writing. My main goal for this year is to publish a book based on my blog, and being as busy as I am, I don’t always find the time to work on that. Giving my voice a rest would help me finish this project.

    • KatieScully

      Great comment, Paul, thanks so much for sharing! Bread and butter indeed – hope you’ve saved room for the book!