Voice Spotlight on: trainers

Linda Coyle

If you’re looking for a feature on different types of running shoes, I’m afraid you’re not in the right place! Instead, this post is about the speaking demands for professional voice users who do training.

Giving training has many challenges, some of which include:

  1. Needing to deliver at your best, even when you’re not feeling at your best.
  2. Working long hours be it direct training, travelling and/or preparation
  3. Training in environments where the air is dry and/or the temperature isn’t ideal.
  4. Speaking in uncomfortable positions, such as standing in one place for a long time or bending down to speak to people.
  5. Wearing footwear that looks great but may not be comfortable or giving you good support.
  6. Needing to use your voice to engage, inform, persuade, inspire and/or lead others.
  7. Feeling under time pressure/stressed,  and feeling that you can’t stop or take breaks.

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Does any of this resonate with you?

…If yes then read on…

 

Can you do anything different?

While there may be some things that we can’t change, there are plenty of other things that we can. Here are three to get you started:

  1. Stay hydrated– drink water, preferably at room temperature or warm, but not ice cold, as it keeps your vocal folds hydrated.
  2. Choose comfortable footwear. Look at your shoes, are they comfortable? (Maybe a link to running trainers may be useful here after all?!) Do they help you to be grounded, which is important both for your body and your head?
  3. Take short breaks during the day to do…nothing!

 

 

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Is your voice a bit worse for wear today? Here’s some vocal first aid!

Linda Coyle

Hoarse after a night out?

Perhaps you’re hoarse after a night of chatting over background noise, strained after a week of talking at work, or croaky at the end of giving a days’ training. If so, here’s some vocal first aid!

 

  1. Water, water water: Our vocal folds need lots of water, and more so when we’re doing a lot of talking in background noise. As well as drinking water, grab a beauty steamer and sit over it for 20 minutes to hydrate your vocal folds. One word of advice, don’t launch straight into doing a lot of talking after this, as it could strain your voice.
  2. Rest: Seems obvious, but it’s important to remember that our voice is housed within our body, so if we’re worn out it can manifest in our voice.
  3. Don’t whisper: Whispering, and particularly ‘stage whispering’ is really bad for the voice. If you’re hoarse, talk quietly, but don’t push it.
  4. Limit the amount of talking you do: OK so some of you may laugh at this prospect! However, taking time out from talking is important to give the vocal folds a bit of a rest.
  5. Try not to use the phone: Talking on the phone puts huge strain on the phone as we speak with more effort than when face to face.
  6. Go easy on the caffeine: What! Well caffeine dries our body, and so can dry the voice….but one or two are just fine…just have a glass of water with them!

Perhaps this is a one off, but if you find that your voice is hoarse or weak frequently then it’s important to do something about it. Because, as with any part of our body, if we abuse it repeatedly, it eventually lets us know that enough is enough! No, you don’t need to forego talking, but you do need to re-connect with your free and flexible voice…and I can help.

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