Hello all! I’ve shared these tips with many people over the years and know they’ll be helpful for many of you who are doing teleseminars, radio shows, speaking on stage etc.
My specialty is communications and branding, and more specifically media and speaker training. I started as a TV reporter and then moved into corporate PR for the last 15+ years at major, global PR agencies in New York, Cleveland and Los Angeles.
Because of that, I wanted to share a few tips on how to make your voice sound best during teleclasses and radio shows. The tips are great to use especially if you have a cold or allergies but they work well before any speaking engagement. I learned these when I was a TV reporter and found this info helpful when I did voiceover work too.
In fact, I reported on-camera a few times with bad colds and even once with pneumonia (not recommended!) and you could barely tell because I used these tips!
Before you speak you may want to:
1. Green Apple: Eat a crisp green apple right before you go on. They are slightly acidic and clear out all the “stuff” from your vocal chords, and they are YUMMY! Voice-over studios often have bowls of these around for just this reason.
2. Nasal Spray: Use a few sprays of decongestant nasal spray to clear out sinuses right before you go on (I prefer Afrin).
3. No Dairy: Avoid dairy for several hours before a performance. It promotes mucus in your throat—which sounds gross and forces you to keep clearing your throat.
4. Hot Tea: When possible, keep very warm (preferably decaf) tea with lemon by your side and sip it often, as you are speaking. If you dislike tea, warm lemon water works too.
5. Hydrate: In general, remember to HYDRATE—early and often! Your voice is like your skin—much prettier when you make a habit of drinking lots of water, especially when you are in a situation where you are talking a lot. And alcohol is not your friend at a cocktail party, FYI. It tends to dry out the throat and dehydrate you. Have a drink or two but alternate with water.
6. Breathe Deeply: You also may want to inhale some eucalyptus oil to open up your breathing passages. In a pinch, a menthol lozenge (like Hall’s) will help. You may not smell great but you will sound great! ;-)
Hope that is helpful to you. Now go on and put your best voice out there!
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About the Author: Deborah A. Genovesi, APR “Your Communications Copilot” is an accredited PR veteran and former TV reporter helping professional women become known as experts in their fields so they can attract ideal clients and increase income. Reach her at www.commscopilot.com.