Just Before Show Time
Loosen Up Your Voice
You know that singers do it,
right? You should do it too. Even if you canít sing a
note, you should loosen up your vocal chords before you
speak. Itís very simple. Just take some time alone in
your car, in your hotel room or outside somewhere, and
practice singing the, ďdo-re-miĒ scale.
Why should you do this? Because
speaking is just like singing, when you speak, you donít
maintain a constant pitch, volume, pace or tone. Your
voice varies in order to apply emphasis as you speak.
When your vocal chords are exercised, they loosen up and
are free to express a variety of pitches and tones.
But thereís also a benefit thatís
a little less obvious. Your vocal chords also help
control your breathing, because they can close up and
stop air from passing through.
When we get nervous, our muscles
tense up. Our vocal chords are muscles, so they tense up
as well, not only making speech more difficult, but
making breathing more difficult.
All I do is my ďdo-re-miĒ scale a
few times in different pitches and at different volumes.
I donít force anything, or push my voice hard; I just
apply a normal amount of volume and effort to get the
vocal chords in motion. This helps me breathe, and helps
my words flow more fluidly.
So, whatís the lesson? Loosen up
those vocal chords before you speak, and youíll breathe
easier as well as speak better.