In all episodes of Time to Shine Podcast, all our guests have answered the question “Could you share with us a Routine to Shine?” Now after nearly 5 years, let’s recap the ones that focused on one of your most precious assets: your voice. These are 9 routines that will make your voice shine:
1. A breathing exercise
Andy Bassuday recommends:
A breathing exercise. First, stand up well grounded with a nice, relaxed posture. Next inhale deeply, fill your stomach with air. Wait a couple of seconds. Finally empty the lungs from the bottom up, squeezing your belly. Repeat that cycle for few minutes, every day.
2. Do vocal exercises every day
Jill Douka recommends:
Do vocal exercises every day. It’s like going to the gym, “lifting weights but with your vocal chords.”
3. Read out loud your favorite book
Holland Haiis recommends:
Work on your diction. Practice enunciation in your words. Read out loud your favorite book. First overemphasize your words, then you pull it back.
4. Repeat the “GOOG” exercise
Roger Love recommends:
A great vocal warm up exercise to do it when you start the day. The “Goog” sound helps you clear your vocal chords. Repeat “GOOG” going from low to higher notes, and then back to lower notes.
5. Practice your speech with a playlist
Florian Mueck recommends:
First, create a playlist with 6-7 songs from a wide range (e.g. Mozart followed by Metallica). Practice your speech while hearing the playlist, and each time the next song comes, use your voice to tell your story with the exact emotional world of that song. This forces you to train your vocal variety and to improve your musicality.
6. Speak out loud to the nothingness
Geoff Owen recommends:
Speak out loud. Do it every day, even when you walk on the streets. Speak out loud to the nothingness.
7. Drink water
Laura Sicola recommends:
As simple as it sounds, but heavily ignored: drink a lot of water the 24 hours before your talk. Avoid caffeine, soda and alcohol. Being hydrated will help your voice.
8. A breathing exercise
Nienke van Bezooijen recommends:
Breath in on 4 counts (seconds), deep down and not too fast. Breath in for a count of 4. Hold on the air for 7 seconds. Then breath out in 8 seconds. Repeat. Practice on a daily basis.
9. The Obama voice exercise
Pacelle Van Goethem recommends:
As Obama does, use lower pitch voice to sound authoritative. Retract your stomach and make it as small as possible. Say something with a high pitch voice. And then let your stomach fall. Now your voice comes low and charismatic.