I spent the bulk of the day at the Perks Convention, which serves Human Resources professionals looking for Perks to offer. It was what you’d expect — loud, exhausting, and involved a lot of speaking.
Speaking in loud rooms is one of the easiest ways to fatigue a voice and for many of us, it is just unavoidable.
The key is to be prepared.
- Adequate sleep and hydration in the week or so beforehand are crucial.
- Making sure all of your speech is well-placed, resonant, and supported with the breath — even when you are tired and the pace is increasing.
- Taking adequate breaks for food, drink, and a vocal reset. For me, that vocal reset was a voiced gargle (come by and I’ll show you sometime) and laryngeal massage.
Finally, recovery. I am writing this from my bed, in my PJs. I am still hydrating. I have given myself another laryngeal massage and a 15 minute red light treatment. Before I knew these tools, it was a warm washcloth to the throat, followed by tea with honey. Most importantly for me, I am done speaking for the day. The moral of this story is to use your voice as needed, but with respect, and care for it tenderly. It is the only one you get.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.