Last month I had the joy of being a guest on Carol Cox’s Speaking Your Brand podcast. It gave me an opportunity to tell listeners why better breathing is so important in giving presentations, and in living a fuller and more expressive public life. This is actually only one of the many places that better breathing helps.
I wanted to share the interview with you because it explains so much about the connection between breathing and our communication. I think this could help people in ways that are probably surprising and unexpected.
“I’m happy to bring you this week’s podcast episode #49 with Janice Rous.
More than simply helping to calm your nerves or speak more clearly (which it definitely does as well!), using your breath properly and intentionally can connect you on a deeper level with your audience and make your words more powerful and impactful (it’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual).
This is what the best speakers in the world do – and you can too.
Janice and I also talk about why we’re often reluctant to have silence and pauses in our conversations and presentations (and, I would add, in our lives), but why it’s crucial for our listeners (and us).”
~Carol Cox, SPEAKING YOUR BRAND PODCAST
- The importance of breath, tone, resonance, vibration, and grounding the body
- How to let your breath guide the voice so your words are powerful and impactful
- How pauses and silences are necessary so your audience see you as the authority on your topic
- Techniques to invite your audience into your speech
- The importance of physical and vocal warmups before a speaking engagement