You’ve got a message. Something you care enough about that you’re willing to tell the whole world.
Something you are passionate about. (more about it in a subsequent post on message).
Everything you do everyday reflects this message. It is everywhere around you. In your conversations (both on and off line). It is your everything!
You express this message in a unique way (channel of expression) thus differentiating you from all other people who are also passionate about the same causes as yourself. This channel of expression is your voice.
Your voice is your unique way of expressing yourself. It comprises all your thoughts, actions and words. But for the purpose of this post I’ll dwell on writing voice only.
Your message is expressed via your voice.
But unlike your message, you don’t need to find your voice. It’s already there. What you need to do is develop or hone it so that it can properly represent your message.
This you can do by answering the following questions:
1. What captures your attention easily? The types of news you’re interested in, the kind of things you read (books, blogs), your type of music and movies.
2. What dominates your conversations both online and offline? What do you say often? What words are on the roof of your mouth?
3. How you want to be addressed? Writer? Artist? Speaker? Entrepreneur? What title do you give yourself in secret?
4. What’s the one thing you are willing to tell the whole world about if chanced?
5. What are people saying about what you say and do?
Answer these five questions and you’d hone your own unique way of expression — your voice which will differentiate you from the crowd.