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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