We’re in the midst of American Football season and I can tell you, in no uncertain terms, that there are a lot of people who experience chronic hoarsesness, a sore throat, or even loss of voice by the end of the game. If this happens only occasionally, there may not be a problem. However, if you are routinely rooting for your favorite sports teams and experiencing this type of vocal abuse on a regular basis, then the news is not good.
Your vocal folds are a very delicate organ and, with the right protection, can last surprisingly long and even improve with age. Unfortunately, the problem for the majority of the population is that their vocal folds are not being protected when they yell or shout for their favorite team week after week. While football season ends mid-winter, hockey and basketball continue for many more months and then both are replaced with baseball. And, in some cases, the abuse is happening on a daily basis.
There is another means for increasing your volume which can immediately end the vocal abuse and give you a voice that can last throughout the game. It is called projection and involves your chest cavity as your primary amplifier. This is a technique that could also be of great help to coaches, trainers, and aerobic instructors as well.
When I was working with former NHL player, Ulf Samuelsson, he was coaching his son’s hockey team and complained that he was losing his voice by the end of the practice. After he learned the techniques to increase his volume properly, he remarked that he wished he had known how to do this when he was playing professionally.
Projecting your voice requires much less energy so you also don’t feel as tired. Yelling or shouting, on the other hand, takes a lot of work and it is exhausting to boot.
Not surprisingly, vocal abuse is on the rise in countries all over the world because we are doing a lot more yelling than in the past. Just visit your local club scene and tell me it isn’t so. Music is played more loudly; therefore, people need to speak louder in order to be heard.
Take care of your voice before the damage becomes permanent. If you care about having a voice that you can depend on, see what voice training can do not only for projection but for the quality of your voice as well. You have a better voice inside; it is merely a matter of discovering it.
The Voice Lady, Nancy Daniels, offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It! the only video training on voice improvement. If you would like to see a dramatic ‘before & after’ clip, visit Voice Training and check out Craig’s video.