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posture effects your voice

Did You Know Your Posture Effects Your Voice? You Must Understand More About Your Posture

 

posture effects your voice

 

OK, so my picture is an exaggeration! but I couldn’t resist.  Seriously though – as a voice coach, if I could give you one tip to help protect you voice  against vocal problems, it would be that posture effects your voice – so you need to be very mindful of it:

 

Watch your head-neck relationship

If you are collapsed or stooped  over a desk or a computer and you are speaking regularly throughout the day you are going to strain your voice.   You need to make sure your head/neck relationship is correct.

The easiest way to describe head/neck relationship – think of the back of your neck lengthening up to the ceiling – like a string pulling you up from the top of your head!

 

When your posture is collapsed, especially in the head, neck and shoulder area, you will:

  • Put pressure on the vocal tract and which effects the vocal mechanism (vocal cords etc)
  • Hinder your breathing
  • Create lots of tension which effects your voice
  • Trap the voice – hindering vocal production – eg volume and resonance
  • not be able to project your voice, so you will end up straining your voice!
  • this list goes on…………………………………

so it’s really worth understanding a little about posture.

 

here is a basic check list for great posture – this is key for your voice

    1. Standing – think Tall and open
    2. You start from the feet up – the feet are parallel and hipbone width apart.
    3. Have a sense of you feet firmly planted on the group – with the idea of roots growing from the soles of you feet!
    4. Knees should be unlocked.
    5. The weight of the hips is directly over the feet not pushed forward or pulled back
    6. Spine up and not slumped nor rigid.
    7. Upper chest sits naturally.
    8. Work tension out of the shoulders and the neck area.
    9. Swing the arms – this is an important area, because we want them relaxed
    10. Massage facial muscles
    11. Smile and open the jaw – soften your jaw, unclench the teeth

 

Nice tip – Your crown (located at the back of your skull, top of your head, the soft part where your hair joins) is the tallest part of your body. Think of it growing up to the ceiling – this will lengthen your spine and neck and really help with developing great posture.

 

So come on, straighten up, stand tall, as I said posture effects your voice – so if you are having problems with your voice and your just want to preserve the great voice you have, then start to be more mindful of your posture – that “Head & Neck relationship”.

 

If you found this short blog interesting about how posture effects your voice, you’ll find the following also useful:

 

https://www.confidentspeak.com/5-important-breathing-techniques-you-can-learn-from-the-real-kings-speech/

https://www.confidentspeak.com/advice-for-losing-voice/

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stillness and executive presence

The Simple, Powerful Tip to Build Your Executive Presence

One question we get asked all the time at our masterclasses and seminars for business executives and C-Suite personnel. What simple techniques can I use to build my executive presence? Well, I wanted to share a simple, yet powerful technique with you.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

I try to go for a jog most days, well it’s more of a “jalk” (half walk half jog!).  I’m very lucky to have an amazing park on my doorstep,the wonderful Phoenix Park.

stillness and executive presence

So recently, I was struggling around my route, I take a corner, and facing me was a group of deer.

There were about 100 of them, lined up in front of me.

The Art of Stillness Builds Executive Presence

What struck me most—no, what amazed me—about them was their stillness.

They possessed such calmness and a phenomenal sense of ease as they looked at me.

But they were also alert, ready to escape at any time. I stood there looking at them, drawn by something – what amazing presence I thought.

Deer are plentiful in the Phoenix Park, so it’s not the first time I’ve come across them and I’m always a little awe-struck.

Why do I bring this up?

An audience is always connected to a speaker who communicates in a relaxed and calm way, but just like a wild deer, a speaker needs to always be alert to the audience.

So if thinking about building your executive presence is something on your mind, I would urge you to try this.

Stop moving around!

It can be distracting for your audience. Instead, find an ease within yourself to simply stand and be present when you are communicating.

You may well find that you connect in a strong and authentic way with your listeners.

Remember this.

As a speaker, you have the ability to instil any emotion in your audience.

If you are agitated or stressed then your audience will also be agitated and stressed.

Imagine, for a moment, a panicking, nervous presenter,

If you are in the audience, guess what? Yes, you also start to panic.

If you are at ease and physically relaxed, then your listener will also be at ease.

As a result they will be more open to listening, and building a connection with you.

So next time you are rehearsing your presentation, try it – it works.

Can we learn other things from nature and the world around us?

Of course we can.

Sometimes we just need to go back to basics when it comes to communication!

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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The One Simple Technique to Build Powerful Stage Presence

Footballer-turned-actor Eric Cantona has always had a phenomenal stage presence—whether in the theatre or the penalty box. What can you do to build your own stage presence?

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

how to build stage presence

Eric Cantona has always had phenomenal stage presence

So the new Ken Loach movie, (starring Eric Cantona) was being reviewed everywhere this week.

Let’s just say Cantona is unlikely to be receiving an Oscar anytime soon, but the curious thing was that at least two reviewers I heard.

Both commented on Cantona’s great stage presence.

Indeed, the Irish Times described Cantona has having “magnetic screen presence”!

What gives someone a strong stage presence?

Well, I know that this is something that I’m going to return to often in my blogs.

What is it that draws us to people, that connects us with people?

It can be an intrigue.

As a communications, voice and executive coach with training from the world of acting and the theatre, I’ve learned a thing or two about creating presence during my career.

Now, let’s imagine you’ve got an interview, or you have an upcoming presentation to deliver, or you are due to give a speech to a packed conference room?

How can you to increase your stage presence?

Here’s one quick technique to try for starters.

Build Stage Presence with Pause and Breath

Speak at a slow pace. The biggest mistake people make when it comes to job interview techniques or delivering a presentation or even a keynote speech, is simply this.

Speaking too quickly.

So never underestimate the power of the pause.

For one thing, it shows that you are not afraid of silence.

For another, it allows your listener to absorb what you have just said.

So when you are about to begin your presentation or answer a question:

  1. Pause.
  2. Look at your audience.
  3. Breathe.

The listener is waiting for you.

Pausing always adds greater significance to your message, and as a result adds to your stage presence.

I hear you asking: could it be that simple?

Well take it from me. It’s a very good starting block. I urge you to try it and let me know how it goes.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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