Posts Tagged ‘protect your voice’

More on how to protect your voice

February 4, 2008

On my last blog we looked at how to protect your voice when it comes to speaking in public. Today I thought I would create a list of things to avoid when it comes to your voice and speaking.

  1. Smoking – we all know that smoking is bad for us but smoke can irritate your vocal chords
  2. Alcohol and caffeine – these two drinks can dehydrate your throat and your body
  3. Dairy products – dairy products may increase mucus production in the throat
  4. Fried foods- fried foods can leave a coating on your vocal chords which could affect the sound you produce
  5. Over use – avoid shouting, if you have a large audience please use a microphone.

Follow these simple suggestions and you are well on your way to protecting your voice.

How to protect your voice

January 25, 2008

If you are speaking on a regular basis, taking care of your voice will be a high priority. Today I thought I would share a couple of tips to help protect your voice.

1. Drink plenty of water – this will rehydrate your vocal chords

2. Warm up your voice before speaking – this can be done by humming or singing

3. Pause regularly during your speech

4. Breathe from the diaphragm

5. Maintain your posture

6. If speaking to a large group, use a microphone

7. Don’t clear your throat, instead take a sip of water or swallow

8. Rest your voice as much as possible.

These tips will help you to protect your voice, remember you don’t want an aching, scratchy throat when you have to make a presentation.