December 14, 2022
4 min read
We’ve all heard (or delivered!) a truly moving speech that invoked a wide range of emotions. Or a well-researched analytical speech whose depth of data, and confident tone left listeners in awe. However, if you step back and think, do these people just get up and boom, an excellent speech is ready? Or does it take hours, days, weeks, or even months to prepare for it? Most likely that they’ve practiced voice exercises for months.
Yoodli’s blog on voice exercises that improve speech will provide you with a tailor-made list of vocal warmups you can use to get your vocal muscles up and rearing before that speech. If you’re reading this, you most likely know what you’re going to talk about, and have a rough framework set in your head, but you’re looking for some last-minute exercises to get an edge.
Would Michael Jordan make so many game-winning shots without warming up before matches? Would Usain Bolt set world records without stretching his muscles before races? Probably not. Similarly, you need to warm up your vocal muscles in order to ace that upcoming presentation or meeting!
What is vocal warmup? Vocal warmups are short drills to help you warm up your voice and body before speaking, and they’re key in making sure you are performing to the best of your abilities when it’s crunch time! Here are some Vocal Warmup Exercises you should try before your speech along with links that have specific instructions on how to do each of them:
You can record yourself doing these exercises and see how you did on Yoodli! Yoodli’s AI-backed speech coach allows you to upload yourself doing these drills and get real-time feedback on how you did, areas you need to work on, and advice on body language! You can also learn statistics such as the percentage of eye contact you’re making, the number of filler words or non-inclusive words you have used, and pace variation in your speech!
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 73% of the population suffers from stage fright. This makes it the most commonly cited fear in the eyes of the public. Thus, it is important to refurbish this anxiety into excitement (Harvard Business Review)! Try these fun exercises to get some adrenaline flowing through those veins and allow yourself to let loose before this seemingly daunting task:
If you want to listen to yourself do these exercises, to see how you did, or maybe just for a laugh, you can record yourself on Yoodli. This is a judgment-free zone where you can work with our AI speech coach and improve.
Thespians before getting on stage famously indulge in physical and vocal games that help them get into character. Similarly, you can try these short games to get yourself calm and composed before your speech:
These games will not only help your speech but also the way you think. One of the things public speakers struggle with is on-spot thinking. These exercises are made to help you with that and make you a better thinker, problem-solver, and communicator.
As Harvard Business Review claims, calming down those nerves is really important before delivering your speech. Take these last 30 seconds before your speech to get composed and set. Try the following breathing exercise:
This exercise will help you get centered and deliver the speech you’ve been working for.
Now that you know what to do before your next speech, head on to Yoodli every time you need to practice and get those vocal muscles up and going before a speech, presentation, or meeting. You can also record yourself practicing your speech and note all the feedback our AI-speech coach has to offer! Use Yoodli’s transcription tool to make sure what you’re saying is clear and understandable. Lastly, just remember to be calm and composed before your speech and to speak slowly and clearly. You got this!