I was out walking with my pug, Hugo, this rather cool May morning when I noticed I was having a hard time catching a breath. I could feel the cool air on the back of my throat and I reacted by trying to take in more air too quickly. Suddenly, I realized that I had automatically gone into using only my upper shoulder and neck area which had become tense and it was making it more difficult to breathe.
Of course, I realized right away that I needed to get myself calm and breathe using the diaphragm so my belly and rib sides would move. I found immediate relief then, and slowly felt my full breath expand in my torso and large chest cavity. Hugo and I finished our walk easily and I felt more energized for the rest of the day.
Has this ever happened to you, where you suddenly feel breathless?
It’s a fact that pro speakers and actors are trained to use their intercostal diaphragmatic breathing method to manage their breath control. This is vital to keeping you relaxed and providing you with the energy to modulate your tone and to project your voice out so everyone from the front row to the back row of the audience will hear you; even if your audience is in a board room at a meeting or a seminar.
Whenever I need to speak or do voice overs I am very conscious of using my breathing to help paint the picture of my words so I don’t sound rushed or boring. It was an easy fix for me this morning when the cool air and the brisk walk threw me off my game, and I recovered by using my diaphragm to get control and ease my panic moment. Don’t underestimate the value of your breath power.
Until next time, enjoy your walk and your talk with your calming diaphragmatic breathing tool.
If you are interested in learning more about how your breath power can really enhance your voice power, please take the opportunity to read my other stories and "fixes" in my latest book: “Breathe…Just Steps to Breathtaking Speeches” here (available as hard copy, soft copy, or in a E-book from Amazon for instant reading).
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Are you a busy Mom and a Corporate manager?
Need a quick tip to relax your voice?
If you are stressed because of a hard day at the office, or the crazy traffic, or the frustration at getting everyone out of the house each morning; this stress will show up when you speak. If you are too tired because you stayed up late the night before, for whatever reason, this tension will reveal itself when you open your mouth to speak.
When your body and mind are worried or tense, your muscles tighten. This creates a direct link to your vocal muscles and your airwaves. The result is that your pitch level rises and your voice sounds raspy and nervous, or even tired. The bottom line is: when your muscles tighten your voice sounds tense. You certainly do not need this, especially before meeting a client or doing a group presentation!
You need to sound in control, self-assured, and especially avoid that irritating nervous tension in your voice that would make your listener think you are not the expert they were looking for. Here are 3 simple exercises that will take about a minute to help you relax your voice.
Use these quick tips just before you need to speak to a group or present yourself at a job interview. Instantly, you will create a relaxed body and mind to give you the skill of controlling your voice and being an effective communicator.
From sounding like a high-strung nervous incompetent, instead you will produce a relaxed voice, and have time to organize your thoughts. You will have voice power!
Are you ready to have access to a bucketful of handy voice exercises for you last minute rush in un-frazzling yourself before your next presentation. This is just one example of vocal impact tips and tools from Brenda C Smith’s book: “Breathe… Just Steps to Breathtaking Speeches” available at most online book publishers click here. Be sure to like the book on the Facebook link and leave a comment.
Brenda C. Smith