How to Practice Projecting Your Voice for Public Speaking

Emcee Singapore: How to Practice Projecting Your Voice for Public Speaking

How to Practice Projecting Your Voice for Public Speaking

Emcee Singapore: As a public speaker, you want to use the right voice modulation and projection techniques to deliver your message with an impact. For example, you want to deliberately get your voice up and down at certain times for your message to make sense.


1) Warm up your voice before you get on stage

You can do sirens from the low part of your voice (chest resonance), to middle and then head (head voice resonance). You must access your low voice, connect it (mix it) to the middle and then through to the high voice — do this evenly.

If you bend right down to the floor you can create more flow in your vocal range. Sometimes standing will encourage reaching for high notes, thus making your higher voice much more difficult to access (and creating a sense of your voice feeling stuck).

Singing or speaking lessons will help you learn more about vocal exercises that are tailored for your personal voice type.


2) Have a steady breath flow

You can feel this by using a straw, blowing and using your vocal cords at the same time. By singing or speaking through the straw, you are able to take notice of whether your breath is being held back.

Are you tightening your diaphragm so much that your breath stops flowing? When this happens you lose balance of air and music.

Your vocal cords don’t get enough air flow, end up closing too much and you develop a constricted sound. This makes your voice sound crackly and old. Breathing exercises tailored for your specific breathing issue will help you overcome tightness and constricted vocal conditions.


3) Keep your larynx (voice box) stable and not raised

You can locate your larynx by noticing the first bump on your throat. When you swallow your larynx raises and then goes back down, which we want to try and avoid when you are either singing or speaking. You should never reach for high notes to achieve a louder sound.

Doing this is bad voice technique and over time this will cause swelling of vocal cords and make your voice sound aged. When you reach your larynx (voice box), this lifts and then closes off the space in your throat, affecting the resonance (this is like you swallowing).

As an example, at Sing Out singing and performance school we use a strange but great exercise called “Gug” on an arpeggio scale, starting at specific pitches. When we do this exercise, singers and speakers feel more space in their throat and higher notes become more accessible.


4) Don’t force your voice, instead create resonance

If you want to project your voice, you do not need to shout or tighten and squeeze your diaphragm forcefully. Just release your sound by creating space in your throat and by learning to feel and create vibrations that are resonating. The diaphragm will then naturally release air to your vocal cords as you sing and speak. Air and muscle working together at the right amount of ratio is what makes your voice sound healthy.

Also bending from waist down as you sing or speak will help you feel a loosening vibration, which will in turn, give you that feeling of vocal release. Once you stand upright you can then duplicate that same sensation of the resonance to project your voice.

In essence, as a speaker and singer you want to bounce your voice out of your mouth, not yell and force it out. This is achieved by having a lower and stable larynx and by using vowels that are shaped a particular way that encourage resonance.

Voice lessons will teach you how to increase your resonance and project your voice in a healthy way.


H/T: thecoachinginstitute

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