Public speaking: Be careful with whisperingTake care of your voice during speeches and presentations
Protect your voice, don’t whisper
Professional public speaker must take extra care, since their voices are their livelihood. Some tips to protect your voice.
As a coach and speaker, I know how important a healthy voice is for some of us. Professional speakers must take extra care since their voices are their livelihood. They also use their voices more than the average person under conditions that may cause additional strain.
Many tips for speakers exist. Some of them are:
- Always warm up before a speech.
- This can include relaxation techniques and gentle exercise.
- Avoid pitching your voice at a lower or unnatural level.
- Rest the voice between performances as much as possible, and avoid tension and stress.
- Join a formal voice training class, learning vocal techniques from a coach or vocologist can protect and enhance your voice.
- Avoid unhealthy smoky rooms, bars and places where the environment can negatively affect voice quality.
- Drink alcohol moderately, if at all.
- Keep the voice hydrated by drinking lots of water.
- Practice a healthy lifestyle that includes aerobic exercise and a healthy diet.
And there are much more ways in which to protect your voice.
We all know that the fastest way to lose our voice is to yell or scream. But there are many less obvious ways to strain your voice too and speakers need to know these. One example is whispering. To protect your voice you may think whispering is softer, gentler, less stressful on your vocal cords. But the truth of the matter is that whispering can be hazardous to your voice.
Whispering actually puts more strain on your voice than talking normally does. When you whisper, you send a tremendous amount of extra air to the vocal cords, which makes them dry and irritated. This is even worse than screaming and shouting. When you must speak then better don’t whisper. People concerned about their voices should avoid whispering and simply talk softly.