“Do You Release the Power of Your Voice These Five Ways?”

 

by Burt Dubin on January 23, 2014

 

“Do You Release the Power of Your Voice

These Five Ways?”


“Your voice is the instrument

on which you play the symphony of your life.”

Milliard J Bennett

Today is the day. You’re presenting a four-figure program, maybe even a five figure program. The decision maker who hired you is in the back of the room——watching and listening.

Important people, folks who can engage you to present to their Branch, their Division, their organization, are in your audience. They are watching intently. They are hanging on to your every word.

How much is it worth to you to be in your best voice? What is the value to you of showcasing your most powerful and convincing voice? Can you put a monetary value on this?

Imagine that somewhere in your travels to this venue you encounter dust,

a lot of dust. Or you happen to be allergic to a pollen that is in the air locally now, right now. Or maybe you have hay fever. Whatever the source, you know you’ve got it it as you ride in from the airport.

Now your sinuses act up. Your nose clogs. You have a frog in your throat.

The “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” could not have picked a worse time to do their dirty work.

Or you simply discover you have a sore throat. It came out of nowhere and with no reason. Nevertheless, your throat is sore and at the worst possible time.

Several possible future bookings, several new relationships with decision makers who have the authority to hire you and the budget to pay your full fee are in the balance. You mumble under your breath, “Drat the luck!” You long for your voice to reclaim its resonance and timbre, the delightful overtones your audiences so appreciate. It is just not happening.

Your audience members are in their seats now. They eagerly await your appearance. And the fat’s in the fire—because your voice is definitely not 100%. And you are to be introduced in 10 minutes.

What is it worth to you to have a handy remedy along right now? Here’s a group of possibilities for you:

1. Dust, Pollen, Hay Fever: Little capsules that counter the effects—and may clear your throat in mere minutes—are as close as your nearest health food store.

Go to any convenient health food store. Virtually all carry Natures Herbs brand products. They are made by TWIN LABS. Their mail address is Box 336, Orem, Utah 84059 USA. Their phone number is 801-763-0700.

Pick up a little bottle of of a product labeled Desert Herb Combination. Be sure to get this exact name.

The label makes no representations regarding what it does for you. (The FDA doesn’t let them tell you.) Keep this voice saver in your travel kit.

When the need arises, take 3 of these little capsules before you speak. You may take 3 more every 3 hours. If dust or pollen or hay fever is the cause, your throat clears up fast.

2. Sore Throat or Strained Voice: Speaker Patricia Gilmore shared this remedy with me. You apply pressure with your thumb to the back of your other hand. In Oriental Medicine the location is called TW3. (Triple Warmer 3) or Middle Island. In plain talk it is between the little finger and the next finger, about half an inch from where they nearly meet.

Patricia says to first swallow to get a clear sense of how your throat feels.

Then press the point firmly with your thumb. Then swallow again. Your throat should feel better instantly.

3. Dry Air: The next vile voice wrecker is dry air. Have you ever spoken in Las Vegas. I have. Between the dry desert air and the air conditioning, your throat may feel like sandpaper. There are 2 ways you can counter this. The first is easy and always available: Fill the bathtub with water. Leave the bathroom door wide open. Now the air in your sleeping room is humidified.

There’s another dry air remedy. I always have it in my travel kit. It is called ENTERTAINERS SECRET. Go to <www.entertainers-secret.com> Or call 800-308-7452. They ship everywhere.

This is a small container that’s easy to have along. When the need arises, you spritz it on the back of your throat and up your nostrils.

Another fast and easy dry air technique is simple and available: Sip room temperature water throughout your program. Squeeze a lemon wedge into it if you want to. Avoid iced drinks as well as hot drinks. Especially avoid coffee. Coffee dries out you vocal chords.

4. Other Antidotes: Ricola brand cough drops. They do not contain menthol. Avoid anything with menthol. It dries your throat.

Do not consume any alcohol for 24 hours before your program. Alcohol, too, dries your throat.

Of course you do not smoke. That is not enough. In addition, do not allow yourself to be in any room with smokers in it. Second hand smoke is very bad for your throat and voice.

5. Abstain from milk and all milk products. This means no yogurt, no cheese.

You probably already know this, however just in case—ahem—do not clear your throat. That makes matters worse.

Do not expose your throat to very cold air. Wear a scarf in frigid times and places. Shield your nose with a handkerchief or ski mask.

This one is so obvious: Do not YELL.

Get plenty of sleep, even more than you feel you need.

Finally, breathe. Inhale deeply through your nose. Hold it for a count of

1-2-3-4-5. Exhale through your mouth. You’ll find this very relaxing. About 10 very deep breaths just before you go on will both relax and invigorate you.

The outcome of abiding by these ideas is this: You feel better, you look better—and you sound better. You have more confidence and verve.

You make the best possible impression at exactly the right time—when all eyes are on you—and when decision makers in the room are considering engaging you to address their next meeting.

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“You are a master…an absolute master at gathering the skills and techniques necessary for anyone, that has a desire to become a professional speaker, needs to achieve that goal. I recommend your system without reservation. You could easily be the difference between success and failure.

You have done an incredible job with your research of successful speaking business practices. Your strategies are easy to understand and worth a great deal of revenue to speakers serious about their profession.”

Jos J. Charbonneau, CSP, CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame

 

 

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