Have you ever presented a talk with a shy voice where you hardly moved your lips while speaking? Have you gone to speak at your event and your voice was gritty or shaky? After you pressed record for your video blog, did you notice you had to clear your voice or maybe cough to get a clear sound?
Don’t start your important message with a cold voice! Warm her up.
Here are 3 quick vocal warm ups for presenting with ease!
- Tongue Twisters
- Diaphragm pops
- The M’s
Tongue twisters are a fun and effective way to warm up your whole lip and mouth area for fuller expression with speaking! Your pronunciation will be brought to a new level too with these tongue twisters so the consonants you are speaking get articulated and heard. Try saying these 4 tongue twisters 5-10 times before your event.
1- Black bugs blood is blue
2- Unique New York
3- Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.
4- A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot.
Diaphragm pops are warming up with words that contract the diaphragm muscle which is your main breathing muscle that sits right along the bottom of the rib cage. Getting the diaphragm enlivened and ready for action with fuller breaths to support longer bouts of talking, will give you a smooth approach and your listeners will find your speaking more easeful to listen to.
The consonants to play with are P, D, & Sh
say words like “Pop” “Dirty Dog” and “Shush” – say these normally, then say them with a “staccato” approach, quick and short.
The M’s are to get your vocal chords moving with the breath as well as create awareness of the 4 resonant chambers so you have a nice even quality to your voice and your audience will want to listen to your words.
Say: Ma, Me, Mi, Mo, Moo
First say these M’s so that your chest vibrates, then say it like the words were marbles in your mouth and you were trying not to let them fall out, thirdly, say them like you were the wicked witch of the west with a nasal tone, finally, turn into Glenda the good witch and say the words in an upper fairy head voice way.
Give these 3 quick vocal warm ups a try for presenting with ease and see if your voice has more presence, articulation and expression for your important message!
All the best!
We may not think much of our voice until we have to get up and do a presentation, or get on camera or sing a song. However, each moment our voice has a lot to say.
Your voice can be a window to your soul.
When your voice is free I venture to say you are feeling more free inside to be your true self. When your voice is free you have a confidence and ease with showing up and being heard. At least this is what I have experienced. Thru the years here are some affirmations I have used to stay open with my voice when I have been on stage. May these 7 affirmations to free your voice be a contribution to you! Your Brilliance can change the world!
- My VOICE is my Power
- I am being sung by source energy
- I expand my energy and let go of judgments
- If I can breath, I can talk, If I can talk I can sing
- My voice is a unique contribution to the world
- My body is open and free to express my voice
- I trust the brilliance that comes thru my voice
How to use these affirmations:
1-First Aid: When you find yourself feeling self conscious or uncomfortable -contracted in your body and inhibited yet your still aware of a “green light” energy of “go do this”, pick one of these affirmations to use or several. Use them on the spot!
2-Personal practice: If you are aware of a specific pattern that shows up you can pick the affirmation that lights you up and say it as a mantra practice morning and night. Say it 10-30 times at a sitting. (or in the car, this is were I get a lot of my transformational practice done LOL) This will help you rewire your experience with using your voice.
With these affirmations under your belt you will begin to find more ease with your video blogs, speaking in a room full of people, making a presentation or even with speaking to your children.
I love questions. IF you have any let me know in the comments!
Could you use more help with freeing your voice? I offer Vocal empowerment sessions that are a deep transformational journey of self discovery to free your voice I would love to support you!
- All the best
Stress can really get us in a state that at first feels enlivening and exciting. It’s is that fight or flight response the body goes thru when it needs to “fight off a lion”. However, left as a default mode, it can not only wreak havoc on our physical body with symptoms such as not being able to sleep, exhaustion, edginess, unwanted belly fat, poor digestion so on and so forth, it can also wreak havoc on our self esteem and our ability to “shine bright”. We can begin to get down on ourselves and depression can set in.
Today I want to share with you a fun way to BLAST STRESS AWAY!
The trick to keeping the fight or flight response balanced in the body is to keep the energy in the body flowing like an even steam. You can do this with your perceptions around what is happening in your life and you can do this with SOUND!
Lets talk about sound today!
There is a phenomena in the SOUND HEALING world where you find out the sound of the disfunction in cells, play it back and help them implode and get destroyed. What if we could do that to the build up of energy in our body with stress. I have been doing this myself as well as with clients and it seems to do a great job in BLASTING STRESS AWAY.
So this is what you do:
- Find a quiet place to “tune in” to you.
- Then start to feel where there is tension or a heaviness in your body
- From there pay attention to that area. As you tune in become aware of the color in that area (if it had a color what color would it be)
- Now once you have tuned into the tension and the color begin to see if it has a sound. It may be a groan, a vowel sound or a weird indescribable sound
- Would you be willing to give the tension energy a voice without judging the sound that comes out?
- Keep making the sound until it begins to shift or soften
- Then go to the next sound you that comes up…. and the next
Once you get the hang of this, it is a really easy way to release tension from your perception of stress. I do it in the car, I do it when I’m doing my social networking, in the shower, on my walks. It is a really mobile effective and pragmatic practice to keep your lifeforce energy flowing with ease. When that lifeforce energy is flowing with ease, the body’s signal for the “flight or flight” response does not activate and you will not have the cascade effect of the stress response in the body that after a while can really wreak havoc on your sense of wellbeing.
Guess what this means?
You will feel really good. You will have a sense of ease and trust in yourself. You will have the ability to shine bright your true nature that is attractive and sexy in everybody!!
Sing your stress song then go shine bright!!!
Is this part of your brilliance?
While I do agree sometimes with being present with what is, there are moments in our life where grumpy is just not going to cut it. Being grumpy in front of a room full of people you have to do an inspiring speech to or getting on camera for your marketing video or being a chaperone for your first graders field trip … Sorry Grumpy is not just not going to cut it!
I’m glad you came here today because I have a tool for you to use that is my #1 key to going from grumpy to great! I have visited grumpy a lot and this is what I have found to help! I have used this so many times when I was in a grumpy space and I had to get on stage with a big audience in front of me, Yikes. You know what? It has worked every time for me and has allowed me to engage and connect vulnerably with my audience. I’m so grateful! I hope you have fun with this and helps you go from grumpy to great in a pinch!
Tool: EXPAND YOUR ENERGY
You see being grumpy, comes from buying into a reality of a past story, pattern, judgment or belief – yours or someone else’s. It doesn’t matter if it is yours or someone else’s this tool will work. When we “buy into” a story on an energetic level it becomes dense, energy contracts. At least that is how I see it.
Your natural state of being is an infinite being of source energy that vibrates high and expands far and wide.
When we are in a grumpy space part of us doesn’t believe in this expanded version of ourselves and we sense a contracted dense heavy space of being. It tends to not feel too good, unless we are so used to it it becomes what is more comfortable then feeling expanded and light.
When you feel this grumpy heavy sensation instead of going more into the story of it all see if you can expand the heavy dense energy you feel. Ask for your energy to expand out to the 4 corners of the room you are in, if you are able to do that and it feels a little lighter, then expand it even further past the town you are in, past the state, then the country, now to the stars.
Would an infinite being feel heavy and contracted? By expanding your energy you are revisiting and remembering the greatness you are and the space of glorious beingness that is always there for you to be. You can always revisit a story if you want to later. But for now if you require your mood and energy to shift to be brilliant, dynamic and confident in what the present moment is requiring of you – EXPAND YOUR ENERGY!
This may seem simple, but the unseen world response to intensions, thoughts and energy. So if it could be simple and easy, would you be willing to allow it to be so. Would you be willing to believe in your brilliance to shift and change on a dime. Would you be willing to choose your greatness?
Questions? I’m happy to hear them!! Just comment below
All the best,