A confident, commanding speaking voice is essential to successful public speaking. It doesn’t matter how excellent the content of your presentation is: if your speaking voice is weak or unpleasant to listen to, your message will be negatively impacted. The first step to a strong, effective speaking voice begins with good habits which keep your vocal cords healthy. Take a look at our tips below to keep your voice clear, strong, and ready for professional leadership:
- Hydrate: Dry vocal cords can be easily damaged and decrease the quality of your voice. Drink plenty of water, especially before speaking for a long time or in front of a group.
- Work on Your Breath Support: When speaking, try to breathe deeply from your abdomen instead of your chest to get the strongest breath support possible. You should feel your stomach and ribs expand out as you breathe, instead of feeling your chest rise. By supporting your voice through proper breathing, you reduce tension in your vocal cords, minimizing the risk of injury and improving the strength and quality of your voice.
- Nix Bad Habits: Avoid habitual throat clearing—each time you clear your throat, your vocal cords slam forcefully into one another, which can cause inflammation and injury over time. If it’s a nervous habit, try pausing when you feel the need to clear your throat. If you feel like your throat is actually irritated, try swallowing or taking a sip of water instead.
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