Did you know that warming up your body will also warm up your voice? Simple relaxation exercises will help ensure that the tone of your voice is easy on the ears. A lower tone and slower pace sounds conversational. A high pitch and fast pace can sound anxious. These exercises will help improve your vocal quality and reduce nervous anxiety.
Shoulder rolls – slowly roll your shoulders back. Feel the chest open and expand.
Head turns – drop your chin and roll your head side-to-side. Don’t turn the head 360 degrees because that movement can cause strain.
Face squeeze – slowly open your mouth very wide, hold it open for a couple of seconds and then slowly close. Move the jaw from side-to-side.
These three simple steps will relax your face and neck muscles. Tension will lessen and the audience will enjoy listening to what you have to say.