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Avoid extreme sounds.
When referring to sounds, I mean the sounds that are coming out of your mouth. Screaming would put a lot of strain on your voice. If you listen to some of the best voicemail greetings, you will realise that everything is done in a mellow tone. These are professionals and they know the importance of taking care of their vocal cords. As a radio presenter, you are often overusing your voice. This is more reason to be delicate with it. There is no need to scream, unless you are in trouble or warning someone else of a troublesome situation. Did you know that whispering is almost as bad as screaming? Yes, you need to keep your voice at a normal tone.
Stop clenching your jaw.
Many of us do this unintentionally, but clenching your jaw for extended periods can put strain on your vocals. This all comes down to managing your tension levels. If you realise that you are doing this in your sleep, you might want to speak to a doctor. It does have a direct effect on your voice. One would think that it has more to do with your actual jaw and teeth, but there is a connection to your vocal tension as well. When you are aware of this, you are more likely to stop doing it. Relax your facial muscles as much as possible to exude a natural tone. You might be watching an intense movie and not realise that your jaw is clenched so tight, you might just loose a tooth.
Perfect your posture It may sound like I am talking about two different factors here, but bad posture also puts a strain on your voice.
We always hear that we should sit up straight, but it has more of an impact than we think it does. Look at someone perhaps doing powerpoint voice overs and pay attention to the posture. If you are on the radio, make sure you sit up straight to open up those vocal cords. The connection here is more about your neck muscles, which you need to use when using your voice. When your neck muscles are under pressure, you cannot use your voice in the best way. You of course would still be able to talk, but the stress those soft tissues have to go through is completely preventable.
It is not only your voice that is going to thank you for staying hydrated. Our bodies function better when we are hydrated and you need to make sure that you get the adequate amount of water. H2O is free and has many benefits. You want to avoid alcohol and smoking if you are serious about protecting your vocal cords. These can dry out your throat and cause major dehydration. Sipping on a glass of merlot might not have such a big impact if you continue to drink enough water. On the other hand, going out for a couple of drinks regularly will not benefit you at all. This will also benefit your health and other organs. When you are in good health, your body functions well and the opposite happens when you are not. Your body is like a machine and water is the lubricant to make sure everything works properly. If one part is not working well, it has a ripple effect on everything else.
Rest your voice I know it is not always possible to take a break from talking, especially if you are a radio presenter.
With that being said, there are moments when you are alone and you should refrain from using your voice. If you are at home, don’t start singing to all your favorite songs. Of course, you can still put some music on and start dancing, but try and rest that voice as much as you can. This can be referred to as ‘vocal naps’. You might not realise how much you are using your voice if you do not pay attention to it. Be aware at all times and take those breaks whenever you can. If not, you might need a voicemail greetings generator soon.
Being a radio presenter, you have to constantly practice your art, but taking care of your voice is even more important. There are no shortcuts here and you cannot believe that it will always be there. Imagine waking up on the day you have to go on radio and your voice is either strained or completely gone. You might have to call in sick and lose out on your show. This is the career you chose to follow and you should always show up. When an athlete has to get up early in the morning to practice, it’s simply taking care of the craft. The same applies to all career choices. We have to take care of what we need to function well at work. I hope these tips are of value to you and that you implement it to help take care of your voice.
Emma Salvatore is a content manager at Paraphrasing Generator. She is an amateur guest post writer. She is fond of writing, traveling and painting. Her motto is "Believe you can and you're halfway there."