If you do only one thing when you are faced with an audience of listeners, it should be this.
Make eye contact with multiple people in the room. Breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly. Just that — inhale and exhale, inspiration and expression. Then, inhale and begin speaking.
At our core, we are animals. We respond to each other without words and we connect through the air that we share. Take that brief moment and you are well on your way to your goal.
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 professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.