Getting the Most from your Voice
- It all starts with good posture. Sit up or stand up straight. When sitting, remember ninety degrees at the ankles, knees and hips.
- The power of your voice comes from your breathing. Inhaling moves your belly out; exhaling moves your belly in. Make the most of your exhaled air when you speak. Volume comes from breath support, not tension in your throat.
- Pitch is maintained and changed in your voice box. Stress and intonation are the ways you naturally change pitch to express yourself.
- Slow your rate and really articulate your sounds. Your mouth and your throat are a musical instrument – open them up. Don’t mumble or muffle your words.
- Making voice is all about the balance between breathing, voicing, and articulating.
Jack Pickering, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
American Laryngological Association
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)
Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)
National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc (NATS)
National Center for Voice and Speech
National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA)
Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Foundation
Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer
The Voice Foundation
The Voice Problem Website
Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA)