Prepping Your Voice For a Presentation

The best presentations are the ones in which you feel relaxed yet energized. Yet, if the thought of giving a presentation to 3, 30, 300 or more people fills you with trepidation, you’re not alone. Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is what most people say is their greatest fear. When it comes to speaking in public, signs of nervousness and fear show up in our voices, and are difficult to disguise.

Here are some ways to shed the nerves and get your voice ready to present:

  • Stretch out your facial muscles. They’re the ones that shape the sound, that give you good diction. As an audience member, an expressive face makes us engage and want to know more.
  • Warm up the vocal cords by singing, humming, or speaking. Find a bathroom stall, an outside corridor, a sidewalk or a car, somewhere you can clear the mucus and open the throat. This way you’ll enter the presentation space with clarity, both vocally and mentally.
  • Shake off the nerves by taking a few deep breaths and letting go of the results. Acting confident can make you feel confident.

Try out these warm-up exercises and breathing techniques to determine which ones work best for you. This way the next time you’re faced with public speaking, you’ll be able to access your most comfortable and confident presentation voice.

Screen Presence voice coach Marilyn Pittman provided the content for this post.