A strong confident person can rule the room with knowledge, personal style, attitude and great posture. -Cindy Ann Peterson.
Body Posture – Increase Vocal Presence
The way you feel about your body affects the quality of your vocal tone. When you feel strong you speak and sing strong. When your body feels weak and powerless you speak with low energy and lack of presence.
Good posture will assist you to produce a free voice. When you carry your body well you are able to have more body strength to produce a powerful voice that will ultimately bring out your presence and help you sing with more power.
To be a powerful singer you must allow your voice to echo and resonate freely. As well as having good vocal habits and regular routines that keep your voice healthy and strong, you can also use your body to help you produce a resounding, powerful voice.
To do this you can expand your body, stretch, reach tall, and then stand straight with shoulders back, imagining someone pulling a string from the top of your head. This makes you taller and helps you feel strong and powerful.
I love doing yoga because it really opens and stretches my body so that I can feel stronger and flexible. This confidence and feeling helps my voice feel good too. When we feel good, doubt leaves and confidence comes.
To have a stronger and more powerful presence in your voice, you use your whole body. If you are sitting, crouched over a computer, a phone, or a small device and you want to use your voice you should first stand and move your body around to generate more power and energy in your body and then it will be easier to speak out.
Singers exercise their voice to keep the vocal energy active. Make sure you are regularly exercising you voice and if not you can contact me to arrange your unqiue practice routine for your voice. If you are not aware of vocal exercises but are regularly singing you are not going to get the best resonance and you are mostly likely working very hard to make sound. When you work hard to make sound your body posture is effected. Singing should be effortless once you are in good routine. You should not become husky or strained after singing well. If you do you must review your vocal technique. Click Here if you would like me to review your vocal technique
Presence emerges when we feel personally powerful, which allows us to be acutely attuned to our most sincere selves
Your posture conveys non-verbal communication to your audience. When you stand tall you look more powerful and reliable. When you crouch over you make yourself small and powerless.
Research at Harvard and Columbia Business Schools shows that by holding your body in an expansive way, (leaning back with hands behind the head and feet up on a desk, or standing with legs and arms stretched wide open) for as little as two minutes stimulates higher levels of testosterone, the hormone linked to power and dominance and lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
A power pose is a body posture that immediately allows the body to feel powerful. Eg: Hands on the hips or raised arms in a V shape or sitting with legs stretched up on a table etc.. A simple power pose can change the energy level in your body. Your body chemistry is altered simply because your body feels stronger. Power poses change the way we see ourselves. Our voice is empowered when we feel good about what we do. It sounds more certain and confident. When your body feels confident, your voice will release your confident presence on stage which can increase your success with audiences and clients.
For more information on power-poses Click Here to watch, Amy Cuddy TED Talk – Your body-Language Shapes who you are.
The art of powerful communication comes alive when you combine your voice, mindset, and message together. It becomes a creative force. To do this you need your body to confidently carry you.
For more information refer to my recently authored book “The Art Of Powerful Communication”