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Taking Care of Your Voice

In public speaking, a myriad of factors must be considered for good presentation: speaking slowly enough to be understood, organizing your points, and clear pronunciation just to name a few. However, one factor that is often overlooked, is taking care of your voice itself. Keeping your voice strong and healthy takes work and is essential to good speaking skills. Use the following tips to maintain a strong, clear voice that will deliver your message:

Stay Hydrated: In order for your voice to work properly, you must keep your vocal chords properly hydrated. This means drinking plenty of water on a day-to-day basis, especially on days you will be giving a presentation or speaking to a group. In situations in which you’ll be speaking for long periods of time, always keep a bottle of water on hand and sip it periodically. Also, avoid overdoing it on caffeine and alcohol, two substances which work to dry your vocal chords out.

Get Some Rest: Speaking and projecting your voice involves a variety of muscles. Just like any other muscles, they can wear out more easily when you are tired. Try to get a good night’s sleep, particularly on evenings in which you know you will need your voice in top form the following day.

Breathe Properly: Your breath is the power behind your voice. If you aren’t breathing properly and getting enough air, you will strain your voice trying to be heard.  For more information on proper breathing techniques, tune in to next week’s blog, when we’ll detail how you can learn to breathe for the most effective speech.

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