If you want to speak louder without hurting your vocal chords I’m going to teach you how in this lesson! If you’re ready, let's get started!
Breathe in through your nose, out through your nose
Breathe in for 6 breaths hold for 4 out for 8
When you take slow deep breaths and extend your exhale you’re actually taking in more oxygen than if you were to take shallow quick breaths. Getting oxygen to the lungs is important. Slowing your breathing will also lower your heart rate and that will give you a calming effect overall.
Open your rib cage and expand this area. You want to think about making room. So if you have good posture, you’ll already be one step ahead. It’s important to adopt an open posture and stance so that you’re not constricting air flow and sound waves.
Visualize your diaphragm expanding
Feel your breath all around your core, not your chest. You want to imagine the breath coming from your upper stomach as opposed to your chest. It might be helpful to do some yoga breathing because you might have an easier time with the visualization.
Open your mouth
Face yoga is another way for you to create space in the mouth. In American English we open our mouths quite big to pronounce the words. Just look at Americans speaking English and you’ll see we move our mouths a lot, creating shape and space to vocalize the words and emit sound. Try it, it’s fun!
Say this phrase a few times: After having an apple I feel amazing and awesome.
You may have noticed that I chose the low front vowel /ae/ as is “after” “having” “an” “apple” to illustrate this widening of the mouth :)
Now that we’re breathing properly and preparing our facial and diaphragm muscles we can practice with our voice.
Choose a sentence and say it in a soft spoken way and in a loud way, do this to feel the difference
Hand on Upper Stomach
Every time you speak you should be moving your upper stomach where your diaphragm is; if it’s not moving you’re not using the diaphragm and your voice is not going to be as loud as it could, if it’s moving you’re using your power house
Lower Your Voice
If your voice is too high it will strain your vocal chords
You don’t want to feel tension in your neck because that means your vocal chords are working too hard. Instead lower your voice and engage your diaphragm. That’s where the power is going to come from. Speaking loudly does not mean shouting. There’s a clear difference.
Try to pronounce the words as clearly as possible. Don’t speak too fast that you’re garbling the words or mumbling because that distorts the message. Instead you want to sound out the words with as clear pronunciation as you can muster. Try to adopt a natural pace. Don’t go to slow, either, because you’ll lose the connected speech and we don’t want to sound like robot. Enunciating allows you more control over your voice and that way you can increase your volume more effectively.
Practice makes progress.
When you practice try to think about lowering your voice so that you’re generating power to speak. And remember that the power of your voice comes from your diaphragm. It all begins with breathing properly (through your nose and out through your nose) and making sure you’ve prepped and primed your muscles. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at breathing from and speaking from your diaphragm. And when you do, you’ll definitely be speaking more loudly.
It would be helpful to practice these techniques in front of your mirror. And when you’re feeling extra confident, video record yourself so that you can see your body language and hear your voice. I encourage you to do this a few times a month and see how far you’ve come. Don’t expect to increase your volume on the first go, as it can take practice. That’s ok! Just keep it consistent and be patient. You’ll get there :)
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Until then, keep up the awesome work.