Your voice is a powerful instrument, and keeping it in top-notch condition is essential for good public speaking either in person, online or podcasting. Maintaining healthy vocal habits is all about taking care of your voice. The same way you take care of your body, you have to take care of your voice.
What To Do:
Here’s you guide to healthy vocal habits:
Hydrate: Hydration is key! Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your vocal cords lubricated. It’s a simple yet effective way to maintain your voice so your words flow out easily..
Warm-Up Exercises: the same way you warm up your body before working out, it’s important to warm up your voice before speaking. Gentle vocal exercises and stretches help prepare your voice for optimal performance. Vocal exercises can be vowel exercises (repeating aaaaaaaa 3-5 times) or saying tongue twisters (Sally sells seashells by the seashore).
Breathe: breathing exercises is one of the most powerful ways for maintaining healthy vocal habits. Breathing is great for relaxing your vocal muscles and supporting vocal control. Practicing mindful breathing techniques helps you in having a steady and controlled voice for speaking.
Vocal rest: Vocal rest is just as important as physical rest. Rest your voice and limit speaking as needed. You voice will thank you for it! Vocal rest is a very important part of maintaining healthy vocal habits
What Not To Do:
Vocal Strain: Resist from screaming, yelling or speaking loudly. This adds more strain on your voice which can lead to laryngitis, which is the swelling of the larynx and the center for producing sound. Be mindful of excessive shouting or speaking in noisy environments such as sporting events, concerts or presentations. Use a regular speaking level to prevent straining your voice.
Eat irritating foods: caffeine, dairy and spicy foods can all impact your voice. They can be irritating and drying. It’s a good idea to limit them before a speaking event.
Whispering: Do not whisper to preserve your voice. It may cause more damage than good. Studies also show your vocal folds have to work harder when you are whispering.
Take Care of Your Voice
It’s important to maintain healthy vocal habits. By practicing healthy vocal habits, you can be sure to maintain great vocal health over time. You voice will be protected and maintained for speaking so you can sound great to your listeners and audience.
In Love and Courage,