How do you read out loud without straining your voice?


Quick Answer

Although there are several ways to improve your voice while reading out loud, deep breathing heightens awareness of your breathing and decreases tension, both of which decrease the risk of straining your voice. Proper breathing requires preparation and practice.

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Full Answer

  1. Assume the proper posture

    Sit in a chair, lean forward, and relax your stomach muscles. This loosens your abdominal muscles.

  2. Fill up with air

    Breathe in through your nose. Fill your abdomen with air before filling your lower ribs. Your stomach and ribcage should expand. Hold the breath for 10 seconds.

  3. Exhale

    Let the breath out slowly. Tighten your abdomen while keeping your ribcage expanded.

  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3

    Repeat the process as many times as needed until you believe you have mastered it.

  5. Perform deep breathing while standing

    After mastering the process of deep breathing, incorporate it into your everyday speech by practicing it while standing up. Using the technique while reading out loud will decrease the risk of strain.

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