It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I get to my computer and I am not sure what to write. Today is one of those days.
I have been sitting in my jury duty holding area trying to find a topic to inspire you to disrupt a habit in your speaking routine to no avail.
So here I am admitting to being stuck and letting you know what I am doing about it.
The problem for me in this jury pool room is the incredible silence.
Not just the fact that people aren’t speaking but also the fact that very few people are really breathing. A quick scan of the room reveals collapsed torsos, declined heads, and very little movement in their physical bodies. I am sure they are taking in some air since they are alive but I am surrounded by the suboptimal.
This meant it was time for me to disrupt the system. I got up, found a place to stand while I type and took a minute to stretch outward. I started breathing expansively — as if I was about to do or say something interesting. I am taking up much more space.
Just like that, I found these few words for you, dear reader. Also, the room began to shift. Other people start to move and adjust. Two other people are now standing and just maybe, someone in here has just decided to take a deeper breath.
Words are lovely. Voiced sound is amazing. Still, communication is in the business of breath. How can you use your breath for disruption today?
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.