Part One: YAWN

Consistency and dependability. You seek it, you expect it, you create it. You put practices in place so you’ll always be successful: you eat well so you can depend on your health; you exercise so you can depend on your body; you stay current on what’s going on at work so you can depend on your expertise. Why not stay current with your voice so you can depend on it? The videos and resources below will put you on the road to vocal health and longevity.

Notes:

He played God in “Evan Almighty” and his voice overall is pretty heavenly. Morgan Freeman talks about the yawn as the perfect way to strengthen your voice:

http://youtu.be/wiE0dYDXcIQ

It’s good for your voice, it’s good for your brain! Some great (scientific) benefits of the YAWN:

http://drleaf.com/blog/yawning-one-of-the-best-kept-secrets-in-neuroscience/

The Huffington Post featured this article on the cooling benefits of the YAWN:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/22/yawn-cool-brain_n_975927.html

Video Transcript

Patrick Muñoz here from Los Angeles, California. I’m going to show you in this video series how to develop a stronger, more dependable voice. A lot of my clients come to me because as they make speeches or they go throughout their work day, they find that their voice isn’t as dependable as they’d like it to be. Their voice feels tired, their sound gets a bit throaty or hoarse, or they feel as though they have a voice inside of them that is stronger than the one they are presenting to the world. You can have a stronger, more dependable, more resonant voice if you work on it.

One of the problems for a lot of my clients, and for a lot of people that I meet in general, is that they don’t warm up their voice. Now, the voice is a series of actions, depending upon a lot of muscle work, your breath, your throat, all of those can be warmed up and loosened up, just as an opera singer would never go on stage without warming up their voice. The same thing should be true of any professional speaker. As a professional, you are a professional speaker, you use your voice, so the most important thing to do is warm it up. I’ll show you a few simple, easy exercises that will warm your voice up, and if you do them everyday, you’ll find that you have a stronger voice.

The first one is simple and fun, and that is the simple yawn. Just to yawn. Now, a lot of us have been told, of course, in polite society we don’t yawn, and if we do, we cover our mouth; however, in order to develop a stronger voice, to find our inner power, we’re going to go ahead and dump those ideas of what politeness is, or being proper is, and just have some fun. So we’re going to yawn. What a yawn does for you is it relaxes the throat, brings the breath in nice and deeply, and it allows the sound to flow out. So I’ll do it for you at risk of being sort of funny. I’ll take a big yawn. Breathing in. Aaahhhhhhh. Just letting that sound flow out. Breathing in through an open mouth, letting that jaw drop open, letting the breath come into my belly, into my chest, into my whole body, and allowing that sound to then flow out. It’s very much a flow. In and then out. Let’s try it together. Aaahhhhhhh. Now, why not add a physical stretch to that, too? Just a big yawn and stretch getting that whole body oxygenated, one big yawn and stretch. Aaahhhhhhh.

In an interview for one of his movies, Morgan Freeman spoke about this exercise. He was asked, “Mr. Freeman, is it possible to have a voice like yours?” He said, “Well, you can certainly work towards it by doing one simple thing, and that is to yawn.”

So that is the first part of these exercises. Very simple. Very fun. And so, I would like for you to try that everyday, try that right now, and notice how it starts to warm your voice up, and I’ll show you some more exercises in the upcoming videos. Remember to subscribe to my YouTube page and to follow me on Twitter @TheVoiceZone.

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