Taking care of your voice…

Care for your voice

Changing from keyboarding (typing) e-mail messages, letters, IMs messages, blogs, reports, notes and the other, seemingly neverending, written forms of communication to “speaking” 5…7…9…hours a day is a major transition for many people.

Sure, the people who have been in Customer Service where they are talking on the phone 8-10 hours a day may have made the transition already–but it’s not easy for everyone…and certainly not easy on people’s voices.

Here are a few of the tips we encourage people to incorporate–found at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health website:

  1. Drink plenty of water. Six to eight glasses a day is recommended; naturally, we recommend 10-12 glasses!
  2. Limit alcohol or caffeine beverages. These can cause the body to lose water; of course, this loss of fluids could dry out the voice.
  3. Avoid second-hand smoke, and make protecting your voice the reason to stop smoking if you do smoke.
  4. Practice good breathing techniques by supporting your voice with deep breaths from the diaphragm, the wall that separates your chest and abdomen.
  5. Singers and speakers are often taught exercises that improve this breath control.
  6. Talking from the throat, without supporting breath, puts a great strain on the voice. Try not to overuse your voice if your voice is hoarse.
  7. Avoid “cradling” the phone between the head and shoulder for extended periods since it can cause muscle tension in the neck.
  8. Talking above noise causes strain on the voice. Consider using a microphone designed for daily use, with noise cancellation, and if necessary, an amplifier.

Check out the full list of tips at: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/takingcare.html#care_03

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About Elicia

An instructional designer for work and mixed-media designer for fun!

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