Build Your Vocal Platform 1, 2, 3 …

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Have you ever noticed a speaker or yourself becoming breathy while giving a presentation. There is a simple exercise to building a strong vocal platform.

Here is a way to assure that you will have the breath you need when you need it. Stand, yes stand, in the middle of a room. Any room will do. Start by breathing from your diaphragm.
Now take a breath, raise your arm and point your finger to the left corner of the room. Slowly start counting with a strong voice, 1, 2, moving your finger from left to right 3, 4,5. You should now be pointing to the right corner of the room you are facing. Lower your arm and breathe. Did you feel any stress in your lungs or throat? If so, you need to practice this a couple more times. If not, let’s start over.

Repeat the count in a slow, strong voice pointing left to right 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and now turn and continue counting 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Rest your arm and breathe. How do your lung and throat feel now. Were you able to complete it with one breath? If so, great, what you just did is about 10 words.

Let’s test our vocal platform a little further. Repeat and now go from 1 to 15 using three walls as you turn with the objective to do it with one breath. And, yes, when you have this down, you will advance: 1 to 20 using all four walls on one breath and strong voice. Practice until you can do it slowly and with one breath with no distress in lungs or throat. Your mind will tell you how much breath you need for what you are saying, all you need to do is train it so it will not let you down when needed.

Ready, start counting, arm up, take a breath 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, turn, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, turn, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, turn, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. Lower arm, relax and breathe. How do you feel now?

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