In order to speak effectively, you must warm up equally effectively. Speakers are vocal athletes. The warm up prevents vocal strain or injury keeping the speaker limber, relaxed, concentrating and at peak performance level. All professional speakers use a warm up to maintain their speaking instrument on a daily basis. Everytime you talk, shout, laugh, cry and even sneeze your vocal instrument is being used or abused. It’s also being attacked by dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, dry air, perfume and many environmental toxins continually. Many speakers steam for a few minutes daily or use a small portable vaporizer to replenish some of the lubrication your vocal chords need to prevent the damaging effects of clearing your throat due to dryness or a build up of mucus.
Your diaphragm and lungs support your vocal sound and require daily exercise to work efficiently. Slouching or slumping over a laptop for hours negatively impacts your breathing apparatus. Always remember to maintain correct posture whether standing or sitting. Warm ups are the first step of every speaker’s presentation.
Just like a musician’s vocation relys on practice, rehearsal and performace so does a speakers. The warm up is the most important part of every speaker’s practice. Without it the rehearsal will lose impact, and suffer in its vocal dynamics and physical energy. A speaker’s presentation is their performance. It requires a fine tuned vocal instrument, physcially fit diaphragm and lungs all working in unison every second of your presentation. Never forget the warm up. It will help you as a speaker maintain and achieve spectacular results.