If you have interest in honing your vocal instrument for public speaking, you need to start with the foundational element, namely the currency of speech known as ‘breathing’.
Learning how to take, control and manage it effectively is essential and a basic skill to master for any and every student of public speaking.
If you breathe through your nose, the air that you take in is purified and when it reaches your lungs and leaves your lips, it can be optimized and leveraged in full.
If you do this regularly, you will counteract some of the discomforts so common in public speaking, like dry mouth, cough and even sore throat.
Try and get as much fresh air as you possibly can and take some cleansing breaths through your nose before you start.
Fill your lungs and exhale through your nose. Think, in with the good, out with the bad. The premise is really simple and the reward is HUGE!
Proven public speaking discipline and research, advocates the abdominal breathing technique which entails breathing but from the inner walls of the diaphragm as the best way to breathe and enable speech.
Not only is it natural it is also most effective inhalation technique to optimize the air we have and utilize it well. By using this technique the vocal organs in questions, the diaphragm and the lungs are relaxed and ready, used to its full capacity.
If you breathe buy mainly filling your lungs and chest area, you are not reaping the full benefit of the air your breathy to enable speech.
Positioning for this exercise would have you:
- Standing relaxed, easily and naturally
- With good body posture and standing tall and upright
- Your chest area will be engaged in breathing and your shoulders lowered (not anxiously raised!)
- Hold your chin relaxed and level
- Stand with one foot slightly forward (left of right that is up to you, whichever you feel most comfortable) to stabilize and balance yourself.
- Place your heels at a 45-degree angle and keep your knees straight Place the full weight of your body on your toes
- Place your arms at your side