Breathing is far more important than you think. Without good breath control, your voice doesn’t have the balance in the first place. Like a kite that flies against the wind, your voice needs breath. Try exhaling every bit of breath in you, and when you’re completely empty try to speak and see if you’ll even manage to utter a single word.
So here’s a quick breathing exercise you can do just before you hit the podium to make your presentation. Slowly sip in some breath to fill your abdominal area and then blow it out in a very controlled manner. Repeat this four or five times, and you will have prepared your breathing system to work more efficiently when you’re up there making your presentation.
Make sure you don’t speak in a hurry just so you can get over and done with it as quickly as possible. Because you will end up mumbling inaudible words and phrases—of that I am certain. Simple exercises to improve speaking voice prior to your presentation will help you with rebalancing your voice for good speech level posture that will have your voice resonate across the room with power and control.
Humming, lip rolls and tongue trills on a 3 tone scale are perhaps the quickest and simplest way to get your voice warmed up and ready for the boardroom. The last thing you want is tension in your outer larynx muscles, and so these exercises, done regularly, will help tremendously in keeping the outer larynx muscles down and relaxed, thereby allowing you to speak with more ease and comfort. And that’s really all there is to it! Watch out for Diary Of A Vocal Coach: Corporate Voice Training audio videos coming to this blog soon!
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