Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Public speaking and proper breathing syle.

I have compiled the below notes based on my research today on various blogs, websites, youtube videos.

Many non-native English speaker do the shallow (not deep) breathing when they speak. Shallow breathing using chest is not a best technique if you want to get an American  accent.

If you were anything like me, you probably took a deep breath as you raised your shoulders and puffed out your chest.Right? Wrong!

 Deep breathing from the belly rather than the chest is a better way to breathe. Belly breathing is quite important if you want to give a public speech or want to sing a song. You should feel air while speaking the voiceless words. You can use a napkin paper and see if the air is coming out or not.

Tip#2 Your pallet (upper portion of your mouth) should not go backward. It should come forward.

Project your voice as much as possible. Do not try to speak fast. Realize that your stomach is expanding/coming-up when you breath in and goes in when breathe out.

Tip#3 Record your presentation and do a through analysis of words which you did not voice properly.

Steps in learning diaphragmatic breathing
  1. Stand or sit in comfortable position with a straight back
  2. Slowly breathe in through your nose and count to 5. As you do this feel your belly expand while your chest remains relatively still
  3. Slowly breathe out through your mouth counting slowly to 8. While breathing out feel your stomach muscles contract while your chest remains relatively still
  4. Repeat this four more times.

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