Lost Your Voice and Need to Speak?

Executive Speech Coach and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
Executive Speech Coach & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker – Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

One of my really good pals, a great high energy professional speaker and fellow members of Speakers Roundtable, got so excited in a presentation that he lost his voice. He found this solution and said it worked! Thanks so much Adam Drake for sharing this information. I recommend you take Adam’s tips to protect your voice. However, if you find yourself with a voice or throat problem, you will want to keep this list handy. I will!


How to Purge Effects on the Voice Box

By Adam Drake, eHow contributor

Our voices are like barometers that indicate our overall health and well-being. Voice is produced through the delicate interaction of three different systems — air flow, vibration and resonance. When there are difficulties in any of these areas, because of illness or accident, the voice can become weak, painful and ineffective. Damage to the vocal cords, which are in the larynx (voicebox), can occur after prolonged periods of infection, such as laryngitis, or loud speaking or shouting. Reduce or eliminate unwanted effects with some simple vocal exercises that will return your voice to optimum condition and performance.


1. Sit or stand with a straight back and place your open hands flat on your stomach with the fingertips just touching. Breath in through your nose and push out your stomach. Your fingertips should separate. Count to three in your head, then exhale while slowly drawing your stomach in. Your fingertips should touch again. Repeat this exercise five times.

2. Shrug your shoulders up to your ears then relax. Repeat this movement five times.

3. Rest your head on your chest then raise it to its normal position. Repeat five times. Rest your head on your chest then gently roll it from side to side, again for five times.

4. Keep your chin horizontal and look over each shoulder five times.

5. Take a deep breath then exhale while making a long sighing sound. Repeat three times

6. Take a deep breath then exhale while making a long “h” sound combined with a vowel. For example, “h … ee,” or “h … oe.” Prolong exhalation for as long as possible. Repeat with the vowel sounds a, e, i and o. Repeat three times for each sound combination.

7. Repeat the exercise in Step 6 but replace the h sound with m, s, f, sh, v and z.

8. Glide from one vowel to another (“a … e … i,” for example), prolonging each vowel for two or three seconds.

9. Count up to 20, adding extra stress to each fifth number. Repeat the exercise stressing every third number.

10. Read aloud text from books, magazines or poetry, taking care to keep your voice box relaxed and your voice sounding unstrained.

Tips & Warnings

Don’t shout or force your voice. Don’t talk over background noise. Don’t smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Don’t eat lots of hot, spicy food or suck on lots of throat pastilles.

If you are worried about your voice, or your health, speak to your healthcare professional.

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