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04/06/07
Presentations: Taking care of your voice
Filed under: Interviewing, First Year on Job
Posted by: site admin @ 10:19 am

My voice seems to lose something when I need to
speak all day.  So when I surfed and found Paola
Singer’s article
, “How to preserve your voice for a
business presentation,” my interest picked up.

Our voice is an eseential tool that we should take
good care of.  In fact, researching this has given me
some thoughts about things I should do better…

-  limit fluids that dry out our voice tools, including
alcohol containing mouthwashes and caffeine.  Alcohol
also irritates the throat membranes.

-  drink sufficient water (6-8 glasses daily)

-  limit exposure to smoking (and second-hand smoke)

-  breathing, breathing techniques that use the diaphragm
and breathing exercises are helpful in reducing voice
strain.

-  avoid spicy foods which can move stomach acid up
to the throat

-  use a humidifier in the home, especially in cold months
keeping the % humidity above 30.

-  consider limiting voice use when you are hoarse.

-  wash frequently during cold season

-  include whole grains, fruits and vegetables in your
diet as they contain vitamins that are helpful for mucous
membranes in the throat.

-  exercise regularly, rest sufficiently and avoid constricting
your neck (as in holding a phone without hands)

-  avoid mouthwashes that contain irritating
chemicals

-  use microphones to amplify your voice

-  consider voice therapy with speech pathologist.

The site was helpful.

 

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