Be kind to your voice

Five Simple Hints

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is valentine-candy-626446_1920-jill-wellingtonn.jpgDid you ever stop to think that your voice and speaking success hinge on two little vocal cords?  If not, it’s time to think about this and how to be kind to your voice.

So here are five hints for treating your voice with loving kindness:

  • Don’t yell. Yelling strains your voice
  • Avoid whispering. Believe it or not, whispering can be hard on your voice.
  • Be aware of how you speak on the phone. Unless you support your voice with breath and energy, it can become tired and strained.
  • Drink lots of water. This helps hydrate your voice; room temperature, please
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine before a speaking engagement. Even though you think alcohol may relax you and caffeine will energize you, these drinks tend to dry you out.

Lastly, be sure you’re using your breath.  Breath is food for your vocal cords.  It may sound funny, but many people actually hold their breath when speaking.  That’s why you hear a croaking or rough sound, that’s why your voice gets strained and tired.

So, love your voice, and let those cords chime!

Five Simple Ways to Care for Your Voice in Winter

Winter’s cold, changing weather and dry indoor climates can put a lot of stress on your body, especially the respiratory system and your voice.  Here are five easy ways to care for your voice this winter:

Hard Candy
Hard Candy.
Photo: Adam Zivner

  • Drink lots of fluid, especially water
  • Use a humidifier
  • Stay away from caffeine and alcohol if you have to speak, as they dehydrate
  • Avoid milk products and chocolate, as they can lead to mucous congestion
  • Suck on hard candy for added moisture

Everyone’s system is different, so know how you react to different foods and environmental conditions.

This post was originally published January 22, 2017

Read the new edition of The Public Speaking Wire!

We are excited to announce that the newest edition of our newsletter, The Public Speaking Wire, is out! Read it for useful tips on public speaking for job hunters and new business seekers, as well as tips for saving your voice on cold days and ways to relax tense jaw muscles.

We hope you enjoy it, and look forward to your feedback!