Invest in Your Voice

In a time of economic instability, an investment in your voice is one that’s guaranteed to yield high return for years to come.

We don’t normally think of our voice as needing maintenance or special attention, though a healthy and effective voice is a vital asset. Your voice is one of your most valuable tools in your personal and professional life, especially with an increasing emphasis on voicemail, teleconferencing and face-to-face communication. Your voice contributes as strongly toward making a good impression as your appearance or handshake.

That’s why the theme for this year’s World Voice Day is “Invest in your Voice”. Investing in your voice means treating it right by avoiding smoking, limiting heavy screaming or shouting, and by staying hydrated and recognizing when your voice needs a break.

You should also warm up your voice, like you would other muscles, before periods of extended use. Warm-ups are not just for vocal professionals, but also benefit teachers, public speakers, or preachers, to name a few.

If you think you have a voice disorder or you want to improve your voice projection or quality, don’t wait to seek help.  Speak to a speech pathologist who has expertise in the vocal mechanism.  See a laryngologist if a disorder is suspected.  Different diagnoses require very different care, so it is important to be seen by a highly qualified professional.  

The Sound Center will feature information about the importance of your voice and tips on how to keep it in peak condition as part of its count down to WVD 2009.

World Voice Day began in Brazil in 1999 as a day of awareness, recognition, and celebration of the human voice, and is now commemorated worldwide each year on April 16. WVD strives to inform people of the importance of the human voice and the need for preventative care.

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Posted on 6 April 2009 | Category: Communication, General, Voice

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