Achieve Excellent Presentations with Great Voice Resonance

In my earlier blog, I talk about the differences between vocal training for speech and for singing. Let’s dive in a little further to talk about how to improve your presentation with voice resonance.

What is Voice Resonance?

“Resonant voice is described as a pattern of voice use with oral vibratory sensations during easy voicing.”

Source: Verdolini K, Druker DG, Palmer PM, Samawi H. Laryngeal Adduction in Resonant Voice. Journal of Voice 1998, 12(3): 315-327.

Vocal resonance occurs when two vocal folds oscillate (or vibrate). The buzzing sound will travel from your vocal cords either down to the chest or out to your mouth, or up to your head.

Achieve Excellent Presentations With Voice Resonance
Achieve Excellent Presentations with Voice Resonance

Various Parts of Vocal Resonance

There are 6 resonance altogether that will help you be more expressive when presenting:

Resonance TypeDescription and Behavior
LarynxWhen the vocal cords vibrate, the air passes over the folds and travels through the larynx, causing a wave response chain.

It travels to other parts of the resonating points, changing the sound’s intensity depending on the diaphragm, throat, and mouth muscles.

It is important to keep your larynx relaxed so that the air can travel without straining it.
PharynxThe next resonating point after the Larynx is the Pharynx.

It is located between the nasal cavity and the Larynx. It forms a little passageway for the air to pass through.

By lifting the soft palate in the mouth, it will heighten the resonance.

Hence, raising your soft palate when speaking or singing is crucial to avoid the nasal sound.
MouthAs the air pass through the Larynx and Pharynx, it will execute out from the mouth and produce a sound.

The speech organs, namely lips, jaws, tongue, teeth, soft and hard palettes, and uvula, will form sounds of vowels and consonants.

Thus, to articulate clearly, speakers and singers have to focus on shaping the speech organs to enhance enunciation.
Nasal
Cavity
In English Pronunciation, there will be a need to allow the air to pass through your nose via the Nasal Cavity.

Such as the consonant sounds “n,” “ng,” and the “m” in English Pronunciation.

Speakers and singers will only use this resonance when they have to executive the above-mentioned consonant sounds.
Upper SkullThe Upper Skull resonance is also commonly known as “head voice.”

The chain wave travels up to the top of your head to produce a high pitch.

This resonance is commonly used by opera singers, where they need to sing their repertoire with the highest pitch they can find.

However, in speech, we will hardly use it, other than when you tell a story to engage the younger kids where you need to raise your voice to the top

For female speakers, you must avoid engaging the upper skills for a long period as it can be perceived as noise and can have an irritating effect on your audience.
ChestThe chest voice is the lowest resonance among all. It gives the speaker a rich and low tonality.

Some females have low chest resonance. However, as a speaker, low resonance can be perceived as low energy or being lethargic.

In Conclusion

Voice resonators form the uniqueness of each individuals’ voice quality. No two persons’ vocal is the same.

Sometimes, speakers might need to wake up the resonators before utilizing them.

In my next blogs, I will teach you how to wake up your voice resonance before a presentation.


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Amazing Voice In 3 Steps

Acing Your Next Gig with an Amazing Voice

In this blog, we will talk about how you can condition your voice for your next BIG EVENT!

If you have an upcoming presentation or performing (singing) gig and wish to deliver it with an amazing voice, please continue reading.

Amazing Voice In 3 Steps (Photo Source: By Fransa From Pexels)
Amazing Voice In 3 Steps (Photo Source: By Frans A From Pexels)

Conditioning Your Voice

You will need to start conditioning and training your voice two months before the gig for any voice-engaging gigs. As you might have known, voice stamina involves using our Vocal Folds, Vocal Muscles, Lungs, and Diaphragm.  

STEP 1: CONDITIONING YOUR VOCAL FOLDS OR VOCAL CORDS

Vocal Cords – Source: Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School)
Vocal Cords – Source: Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School)

The vocal cords are like a rubber band. You can condition it to produce a high pitch or low pitch. You have to prepare it gradually, or else it will be like a rubber band, being suddenly stretched and snap.

Here is an exercise that helps you to condition your vocal cords:

Using the “oo” sound.

Slide the sound from the bottom of your chest voice up to the head voice.  Here we go:

Inhale, execute the breath with an “oo” sound from the chest (low resonance) to head (high resonance)

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Next,

Inhale again, execute the breath with an “oo” sound from the head (high resonance) back to the chest (low resonance)

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Next,

Inhale, execute with one breath with “oo” sound from the chest (low resonance) to head (high resonance) and then from head (high resonance) back to the chest (low resonance)

Make a loop.

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Well done!

STEP 2: EXPANDING THE LUNGS

(note: inhale means breathe in through your nose and exhale means breathe out through your mouth)

Undoubtedly, the lungs are the only respiratory organ we have; it doesn’t help us produce a good grounded sound.  But we can expand our lung capacity to “store” more air so that we can sustain our breath longer with the help of our diaphragm.  Sustaining breath is crucial in both speaking and singing.  Are you ready? Here we go:

Inhale (count to 5 seconds), exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds and then relax.

Repeat 4 times

Excellent!

Here comes our last exercise.

STEP 3: STRENGTHENING THE DIAPHRAGM

What is the Diaphragm?
(Source: Columbia University Department of Surgery)

As the diaphragm is a unique respiration muscle, you need to train this muscle to work for you to achieve an amazing voice with excellent breath control.

Below are some exercises that you can do to engage and strengthen your diaphragm muscles. If you are new to voice training, I would advise that you do these exercises lying down.

Making short and fast “oo” sound

Panting (yes, like a dog)

Good job!

In Conclusion

It is essential to spend some time every day doing the above exercises.

You may do it any time of the day, and I can guarantee, if you are doing it correctly, you will develop an amazing voice for your upcoming gig!

In my coming blogs, I will cover more voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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Top 10 Voice Skills Questions and Answers You MUST Know (Part 2)

Voice Training For A Great Voice
Voice Training For A Great Voice

1.      How long will it take to learn how to sing?

Well, that depends on how much time you spent time practicing the voice skills.  Our vocal folds have to be conditioned to enable them to stretch through our vocal registers.  Our lung capacity needs to be enhanced to store more air in our chest cavity, and our diaphragm is a muscle that needs to be strengthened to work at its best condition.  These are only the fundamentals skills in singing.  Not forgetting that we also need to study the lyrics, put in our emotions, and other singing techniques.  So, practice hard and you will able to sing well.

2.      How do I make my low notes stronger?

Try humming to your lowest chest possible.  Keep the airflow constant, controlled, and relax.

3.        How practical is voice skills training for improving one’s singing?

Many students are not sure how to project their voice correctly for singing or presenting (public speaking).  An experienced coach will be able to “listen” to your voice from inside out and make adjustments if the projection is wrong.  Most of the time, students will not be able to identify whether they project their voice correctly.  Hence, it is crucial to find an experienced coach who can go in-depth to hear the tone placement and provide prudent advice on how to do it correctly.

4.        What qualities of one’s singing voice are most likely to be improved? Will improving voice skills help?

The quality of your voice cannot be altered unless you want to go under the knife, such as reconstruction surgery.  You can use correct voice projection and singing skills to create unique styles with your voice.  Many singers and speakers have their unique styles and have created a persona for them.

5.        Singing well has always been my dream, but my voice falls very short. What is a way I can substantially improve my vocal capacities?

Find your style.  If your vocal range is limited, choose songs that are composed with a short register.   As you practice your voice skills, your vocal range will be broadened gradually.  As the vocal folds are elastic, and it will be conditioned to perform,  apply singing techniques to bring out the inner emotions and create visuals that your audience can resonate with.

6. How can I learn to sing better?

You may learn to sing better by engaging an experienced voice coach. Although numerous articles and resources that you could download from the internet, such as YouTube tutorials, it is never the same compared to having a coach standing beside you, listening and guiding you through the correct steps in voice projection. I have a student who spent hundreds of dollars buying online learning materials on voice projection skills, but soon he realized that he learned nothing from them. 

He spent 2 hours with me, and he understood and learned the new voice skills almost instantly.

7. Is it possible to train your voice to sing like professional singers?

Every individual is different.  Of course, you can train your voice to sing like professional singers, however, the construction of our voice anatomy varies.  Adult men and women typically have different sizes of the vocal fold; reflecting the male-female differences in larynx size. The vocal folds have a three-layer construction of an epithelium, vocal ligament, then muscle (vocals muscle), which can shorten and bulge the folds. (Source: Wikipedia). Hence, you can sing like professional singers, with your own personality and persona.

In Conclusion

Working on developing your voice stamina and quality can sometimes be frustrating. Especially when too many questions are running through your mind and trying hard to find the right answers.

Online tutorials and books can offer some help. However, there are other areas when face-to-face training can be a more effective approach.

If you have any questions that you are not finding any answers to, feel free to drop me a note and I will do my best to answer them.

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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10 Embarrass Presentation Situations

Handling Embarrass Presentation Situations – What can you do?

Even the most prepared and experienced speakers encounter unforeseen and embarrassing situations during their presentations.  Today, I will share tips on how to handle some of these awkward moments.

Handling Embarrassing Presentations Situations
Embarrass Presentations Situations are sometimes inevitable. (Photo Source: Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels)

Situation #1 – You are late for the event

When your alarm clock refuses to trigger, and you are late for the session. You walked in and apologized sincerely. You may suggest giving the audience an extended break to make it up.

Situation #2 – Unable to locate your PowerPoint file on your laptop

You don’t have to tell the audience that you misplaced your file.  Conduct a spontaneous activity, follow by a debrief.  Interact with the audience to buy time.  You may get someone to email you the PowerPoint or rush home to take it during the break.

Situation #3 – Misaligned PowerPoint slides

Just ignore it.  If the PowerPoint is seriously misaligned, present without the PowerPoint and do some interactive activities.  Realign the slides during the break.

Some Medications Can Affect The Vibrations Of Vocal Folds.

Situation #4 – You lost your voice

Invest in a small mobile PA system.  If the venue does not provide you with any speakers, at least you know you are covered. Use voice dynamics in your presentations to captivate your audience.

Situation #5 – Audience looking at their laptop or mobile phone

Set some ground rules from the start that no laptop is allowed during the session.  This audience behavior is very contagious.  When one starts with the laptop, the rest will follow. Talk about something interesting to bring their attention off the laptop.  You may tell a story or share an experience.

Situation #6 – Audience asked unprepared and unexpected questions

During presentations, the audience will sometimes ask you the most obvious question. No matter what questions they ask, always thank them for any questions.  Politely tell the audience that the question is excellent. If you don’t know the answer, don’t say you don’t know. Tell them you will do some research on it and get back to them with an accurate answer. And keep your promise.

Situation #7 – Audience talking among themselves while you speak

There is always bound to be a “leader” among your audience who will start a conversation among themselves. As a speaker, you can take a leap to walk to them and stand beside them while you continue to speak. Most of the time, they will stop talking

Alternatively, you may lower your voice and pause, which will also lead to the same outcome.

Situation #8 – Audience challenging you with your points

Such an audience is usually experts in their industry. Invite them to share their ideas, and they will be pleased to do that.  Don’t reprimand their ideas.  Be polite about it.

Situation #9 – You have forgotten what you want to say next

Just move one to the next bullet point.  Once you recollect, take the audience back to the slide by telling them that you have missed a significant point earlier, and you know that the audience will benefit from it.  By doing so, the audience will be grateful for your effort.

Situation #9 – You have forgotten what you want to say next

Just move one to the next bullet point.  Once you recollect, take the audience back to the slide by telling them that you have missed a significant point earlier, and you know that the audience will benefit from it.  By doing so, the audience will be grateful for your effort.

Situation #10 – When you forget the presentation flow

When giving a presentation, use keywords to signpost the different stages. It’s a good idea to memorize them and practice using them to come to mind quickly during a presentation. For Example:

Signposts for Different Stages in a PresentationKeywords and Statements
Starting the presentation       – Good morning/good afternoon ladies and gentlemen …
– The topic of my presentation today is …
– What I’m going to talk about today is …  
Why you are giving this presentation– The purpose of this presentation is …
– This is important because …
– My objective is to …
Stating the main points– The main points I will be talking about are:    
. Firstly …
. Secondly…
. Next, finally…
– We’re going to look at …
Introducing the first point– Let’s start/begin with …
Showing graphics, transparencies, slides etc.– I’d like to illustrate this by showing you…
Moving on to the next point      – Now let’s move on to  …
Giving more details    – I’d like to expand on this aspect/problem/point
– Let me elaborate on that
– Would you like me to expand on/elaborate on that?
Changing to a different topic    – I’d like to turn to something completely different
Referring to something which is off the topic– I’d like to digress here for a moment and just mention that …

Referring back to an earlier point
– Let me go back to what I said earlier about …
Summarizing or repeating the main points– I’d like to recap the main points of my presentation:
. First I covered
. Then we talked about
. Finally, we looked at
– I’d now like to sum up the main points which were:
Conclusion– I’m going to conclude by… saying that/inviting you to/ quoting …
– In conclusion, let me… leave you with this thought/invite you to
Questions– Finally, I’ll be happy to answer your questions…
– Now I’d like to invite any questions you may have…
– Do you have any questions?
(Source: https://www.learn-english-today.com/)
Effectively prepare yourself can prevent embarrassing presentation moments.

In Conclusion

If you are well-prepared for your event, anticipate and visualize the unexpected, you will be able to go through the ordeal. Good luck!

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on business communication and presentation tips and techniques.


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What are your embarrass presentation moments?


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