Your voice is an integral part of your presentation. Here are some voice exercises to help you warm up your voice so you can deliver your presentation with ease:
· How to breathe:
- Breathe from your diaphragm rather than your chest
- Feel your stomach move out as you inhale air
- Feel your stomach move in as you exhale and empty out the air – and speak
· With your hand on your stomach, breathe in for 5 counts, hold for 5 counts, breathe out for 5 counts
· With your hand on your stomach, expel short bursts of air as you say “ha ha ha” from the back of your throat
· Relax tension in shoulders and neck!
· Practice your highs and lows:
- Pitch: start with your lowest pitch and in one continuous breath, move to your highest pitch. Reverse and go from high to low
- Volume: start with your softest whisper and in one continuous breath, move to your loudest shout. Reverse and go from loudest to softest
· Hum for several seconds at a time – you should feel the buzzing (resonance) in your lips
· Record yourself – does your voice taper off at the end of the sentence? Are your highs and lows (in terms of volume and pitch) as distinct as you thought they were?
(And to avoid straining your voice, use a microphone if it's available).
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