Before you do any kind of performance with your voice, whether that's singing, public speaking, or even podcasts, you’ll need to warm up your voice and make sure that you take care of it between performances. We’re going to give you 3 tips to help keep your voice sounding better on your podcasts.
1. Take Care of Your Voice
A really important thing you can do is simply take care of your vocal chords. There are a few different ways you can help to keep them in top condition. Try to avoid vocal fry. What we mean by this is when your voice croaks, as it causes your vocal folds large amounts of stress, potentially damaging your voice.
You can also do things like drink plenty of water, or if your throat is having a bad day, try warm honey and lemon water. Plenty of full time singers and actors use this method to preserve their vocal chords during times when they’re dealing with a sore throat because of a cold or illness.
2. Tongue Twisters
Tongue twisters are an excellent way of getting your voice and mouth ready for long podcast recordings. These help to develop tongue muscle memory for better pronunciation. There are plenty of these on the internet but here are a few of our favourites:
Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot.
Around the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
Three sweet switched Swiss witches,
Watch three washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switches,
Which sweet switched Swiss witch watches,
Which washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switch?
Try doing a few of these tongue twisters before every recording you do and see whether it makes a difference in your pronunciation and articulation.
3. Warm Up Exercises
You wouldn’t do an intense workout without warming up first would you? Well the same should go for your voice. Podcasts involve speaking for long periods of time, and doing this without any warm ups can damage your voice and make you sound croaky on recordings. To combat this, you’ll need to do a few breath exercises and a few vocal exercises to warm up your voice before you start recording.
For breath exercises, simple things like taking short panting breaths, and developing into smooth strong breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, can help to just expand your rib cage and make sure that whenever you take a breath, you’re properly filling your lungs with air.
This means that you’re less likely to run out of breath half way through a sentence. NPR's, Jessica Hansen, explains it to be very much like pretending you are different types of dog for these exercises, for example, short and quick breaths like a small dog at first, then try taking deeper and slower breaths like a larger dog.
For vocal exercises, just make sure you do a few varied ones. These could be things like humming, when doing this find the pitch that makes your lips tingle and stay there for a bit, or continuing an “Ahhhh” or “Oooooo” sound for a while. There are plenty of vocal warm-ups you can find online for sounding better on your podcasts.