Episode 40: Communicating without Your Voice

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Welcome back to Episode #40 of The Daily Interaction podcast. Today’s topic is on Episode 40 – Communicating without Your Voice. How do you continue to communicate and interact with the world around you when you have totally and completely LOST your voice? That’s what happened to me this week and that’s our topic for today.

If you’ve never had this happen to you, then what a remarkable thing! If you have, I feel for you! Losing your voice is no fun. I don’t mean getting a little sick or stuffy and sounding all husky like Kathleen Turner, I mean losing your voice cold-turkey. No voice. No sound. No audio. Nothing coming out. What do you do?

So today, while still not sounding quite like myself, I wanted to share with you what happened to me when I was hit like a ton of bricks with a bad and fast case of laryngitis this week, and what you can do to protect your voice and to deal with a situation such as this if it should ever happen to you?


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Your Weekly Friday Show Notes:

1. How I reacted to getting sick on my birthday, losing my voice the next day and not being able to speak for 3 days and why this is important to learn and how the power of positive thoughts is FINALLY manifesting itself.

2. Why is it so hard for us as human beings to be grateful for all that we have been blessed with, despite the best of our intentions, and why it is totally normal.

3. The story of one of my favorite heroines, Celine Dion, and what her voice coach taught her to day, a 5-year daily investment in her voice which she decided to pursue despite her husband’s doubts about the advice.

4. How others around us react when they find out that we have lost our voice, and why this is particularly funny where husbands are concerned.

5. The creative and new ways that you can communicate without your voice such as using your eyes, your head nods, your hand gestures, writing, and more.

6. The experience of not hearing yourself talk or speak for several days, and why it feels more like an introspection and a type of meditation than it does sickness, and a fresh new perspective on a temporary handicap.

7. My desires to learn sign language and my sincere desire to pursue it so that I can communicate with those who cannot talk.

8. The 4 ways that you can take care of your voice during a case of laryngitis or any other voice-related issue which leaves you bereft of that precious commodity.

Don’t forget that I am running my once-a-year Green Juicing Intensive Clinic on May 5th to May 25th, and if that kind of thing interests you, then check it out – I still have a few seats in the clinic.

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  • http://www.wasimismail.com Wasim Ismail

    ahhh…Thanks for the tips… I haven’t commented for a while, but i’m still tuned in:)
    I love tea :)
    I believe pure honey is meant to be good too :) – try it
    Hope you get well soon

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Wasim!! So so nice to see you here again. I’ve tried pure honey with hot water and a million other things. I think it just has to run its course. Thank you SO MUCH for being back and hope you are doing awesome, my friend.

  • http://LifeinZD.com Z Egloff

    Hi Farnoosh,

    So glad that you got your voice back!

    I have also had the experience of losing my voice and I, like you, found it to be Not All Bad. There is certainly a kind of meditative quality to life when you don’t have a voice. I tend to talk a LOT, and the few times I’ve had laryngitis, it’s helped me to slow down and get centered in a whole new way.

    I also love that you were able to rest in the knowledge that everything always works out for good. I totally agree! The more I can allow myself to sink into this truth, the more that everything that happens to me, even the so called “bad” things, seems to hold some kind of treasure.

    Welcome back to the World of Words!



    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello dearest Z, you are back again and you’ve made my day with your comment. Thank you so much! Someone else who knows the pain and suffering of laryngitis (at least the incessant coughing is exhausting, I’ve even pulled a few stomach muscles this week from the coughing marathons!). But alas, yes, when I was neither coughing nor talking, it was nice to enjoy the silence. :))) Maybe I’ll do this to myself once in a blue moon when I am well. What a novel idea. ;)!
      Here’s to positive perspectives in all things life hands us! :)

  • Cassandra

    Hello sweetest Farnoosh,

    First, I’m very glad to hear that you got your voice back, even if it’s not fully back yet. And don’t worry, your voice still beautiful to listen to! :)

    I haven’t ever experienced laryngitis, but very recently I’ve had to realize what it’s like to not be able to use a part of my body as much as I’m use to. Late Thursday night I was walking through the downstairs hallway (in the dark), tripped over one of our cats, and slammed my right elbow into the door frame of our kitchen. It hurts A LOT to straighten my arm out all the way or put any kind of pressure down on my arm…which is a little frustrating because I’m right handed lol But even in one day, I’ve realized just how much I (unintentionally) take for granted being able to use my arm to do all the things I do each and every day (even the ability to write, because it is painful to hold a pen and write anything…which is a little saddening to me because I love writing).

    I love that you found creative ways of still communicating with people! (And I just had to smile at the idea of your husband whispering everything to you! :) That was cute lol) I have been trying to sign up for a sign language class at my college, but haven’t found any that are offered during a time when I can actually attend…not giving up though! :)

    I hope that you are able to continue resting, and that your amazing voice returns to you in full force! :) And thank you for doing this podcast for us…even against your husband’s suggestions! lol :)

    Sending huge hugs & tremendously positive thoughts to you,

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Cassandra, my dear, I hope you recover soon. That was not very fun at all, was it? I have done plenty of silly things like that, only to regret it. And yet, you are holding up so well and doing such a great job with that amazing attitude. Hope that you are close to full recovery by the time you read this and I am so glad you enjoyed the podcast. Voice is about 80% back…. should be good to go for next series. Big hugs to you, darling! Thanks for all the support and get well fast.