25 Oct Warming up Your Voice

You know some people stand out when they present because their voice is like liquid chocolate. And I frequently observe that these people with fantastic voices are more likely to get what they want.

It’s my experience with the many executives I have coached that creating a rich, resonant, influential voice is completely possible and a very rewarding journey.

How do I create a powerful, resonant voice?

Remember, your voice is a powerful tool that must be warmed up to ensure you
perform at your best and so you don’t injure yourself. Just as we need to relax our body to feel physically confident, we should also relax our throat, jaw, tongue and the other areas of our face to help us speak with confidence. The way we do this is to warm up.

In this blog I’ll give you some tips for warming up your breath and then if future blogs I’ll go into warming up your articulation and vocal quality.

THE BREATH
What is the link between breathing and nerves?
Correct breathing is fundamental to a strong, powerful voice. A strong voice requires lots of constant air from the lungs to maintain the sub-glottic pressure on the vocal cords, and if you are a presenter it has the other awesome result of helping you feel
energised, focused and relaxed. Terrific!

How do you breathe diaphragmatically?
The thing to remember when you breathe is this: when you breathe in, your diaphragm should move up. When you breathe out, your diaphragm should move down.

Try this lying down to ensure you are practising correctly. Once you know you are breathing for health, try to do this at least 10 conscious times a day. It will eventually become second nature.

The rhinoplasty in Washington DC is done to improve an obstructed airway requires careful evaluation of the nasal structure as it relates to airflow and breathing.

What can I do to warm up my breathing?
There are many exercises you can do. I think the easiest one is called the coffee plunger.

Coffee Plunger Exercise
To do this exercise:

  1. Place your thumb on your belly button and the rest of your hand over your tummy.
  2. Place the other hand on to your upper chest, the bony part of your chest just under your neck.
  3. Visualise a coffee plunger going down into the lower abdomen on the ‘in’ breath, and the plunger rising back up again on the ‘out’ breath.