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If you speak for a living, you are a professional voice user. You may not realise that, but it’s true. If you present, teach, or speak on the phone for any great length of time during the course of your work, you are a professional voice user.
More and more of us are using live broadcasts and webinars to grow our businesses, becoming more reliant on our voices.
Here are three tips to help you keep your voice healthy and reliable:-
- Do not shout. Whatever the circumstances, don’t shout. If you work in a busy call centre, have big groups to present to or a noisy classroom, do not shout above the noise. Raising your voice to a comfortable, above average, volume is ok, but constantly speaking at an uncomfortable volume will become a problem.
- Exercise. Sirening exercises will help keep you in shape, warm you up and cool you down. This also builds your projection and comfortable volume, so will help with the above point also. Slide through your pitch range on a humming sound from low to high, at a comfortable volume. Don’t ever strain or push. Ever. It should feel nice. Look for connectivity in the pitch and a nice smooth slide. If it’s not smooth, have a yawn, and try again. Do this on a regular basis, and 3-5 repetitions through your whole range before speaking engagements or shifts on the phones.
- Keep hydrated. By the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink water a good few hours before a speaking engagement, and first thing in the morning if you work on the phones 9-5.
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