Using Your Own Voice

Monday Morning Match is a quick post – maybe a quote, inspirational story or idea – intended to spark some motivation inside each of you so your week gets off to a fantastic start on Monday morning.

Remember Milli Vanilli? They were an R&B Duo from Germany in the late 80’s that had international success with their debut album titled Girl You Know It’s True. Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus actually earned a Grammy Award for Best New Artist but when it was later discovered that they never sang their own songs and were actually lip-synching, they suffered a quick fall from grace. It was 27 years ago yesterday that their Grammy Award was stripped from the “singers.”

Are You Using Your Own Voice? 

It’s one thing to use scripts and dialogues so you know what to say, but are the words coming out of your mouth authentically yours? Do they sound like something you would say? Do your body language and facial expressions match up with the words? How does the tone and pace of your voice compare to what you are saying?

When people read your story on social media, was it you who wrote the words or did you outsource your voice to a third party? Be careful giving other people the authority to speak on your behalf because if their “voice” doesn’t match what you say or the way you say it, people are going to wonder if you are simply lip-synching.

Milli Vanilli dressed the part, danced the part and did what people expected from musical stars…except the most important part; actually singing the lyrics from their own mouths.

So remember boys…and “Girl(s) You Know It’s True“…don’t “Blame It On the Rain” and say you simply lost the connection. You can speak from the heart, you can speak from the head, and you can even speak from a script but you must make sure when you speak, the words come from your own mouth.


Photo Credit: Ben Koorengevel on Unsplash




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