How to get your voice back

How to get your voice back

If you have lost your voice, you have landed at the right place as this article is all about how to get your voice back quickly.

You wake up and give a call to mom for tea. But what….. you cannot speak. Voice does not come out of throat or has gone hoarse. This condition is most commonly caused by laryngitis. Laryngitis is the inflammation/ irritation of vocal cords caused by infection. Swelling and infection in vocal cords alters the way it produces sound. As a result, voice becomes hoarse or too low to be heard.

Causes of Lost or Hoarse Voice:

  1. Viral Infection
  2. Bacterial Infection
  3. Shouting, screaming, yelling or talking too loudly which puts strain on vocal cords, thereby causing inflammation
  4. Sore throat
  5. Cold, cough and flu

Generally, laryngitis heals on its own in a week or so. But some home remedies and precautionary measures accelerate the healing and improve the symptoms.

Below are some measures to get your voice back fast:

1. BREAK FROM SPEECH: This is the most important and effective measure to speed up the recovery. Give yourself a break from speech. Resting your voice will rest your vocal cords. It will give much needed time for soothing of inflamed cords.

Sometimes it can be unavoidable to talk. In such case, do not try to speak loudly. Speak at a normal pitch. If you have to address a large group of people, you can use a microphone or megaphone.

2. NO WHISPERING: It may seem that whispering is fine if you have lost your voice. Strangely, whispering is harder on voice cords than speaking. It can worsen the situation by putting pressure on already infected vocal cords.

3. NO SMOKING/ NO ALCOHOL: If you smoke/ drink alcohol, stop it altogether. Smoking and drinking causes laryngitis and certainly worsens it if you are already suffering from it.

4. STAY AWAY FROM ACIDIC FOODS AND BEVERAGES: Acidic foods and beverages like lemon, tea, candies, citrus fruits etc. are not good for esophagus lining. These may irritate the throat and vocal cords; hence must be avoided.

It also busts the myth that lime juice acts as a remedial measure to treat laryngitis.

5. DRINK PLENTY OF WARM WATER: Staying hydrated is very important. A dry throat worsens the hoarse voice and makes speech difficult. It is important to keep yourself hydrated to reduce the symptoms. Make sure that you drink warm water only. Cold water will do more harm than good. It can lead to total loss of voice.

6. AVOID CLEARING THROAT: Clearing throat may lead to dryness in throat which will further worsen the problem of voice.

7. STAY AWAY FROM POLLUTANTS: It is better to avoid pollutants like dust, ash, smoke or suspended particles as these will lengthen the recovery period.

8. USE AIR HUMIDIFIER: Air humidifiers are a great way to maintain optimum moisture in air. Dry air worsens the symptoms of laryngitis. Moist air improves the condition and proves to be helpful in getting your voice back.

Apart from aforesaid measures, following are some home remedies which are helpful in treating the hoarseness and loss of voice:

  1. Hot and Saline Gargles: Hot and saline gargles are very effective in treating laryngitis. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle thrice a day. Do not go
  2. Ginger: Ginger is an effective remedy to cure inflammation of vocal cords. It thereby assists in getting voice back. Suck ginger or have ginger tea to soothe inflamed vocal cords.
  3. Honey: Anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties of honey prove to be beneficial in soothing soreness and infection in membranes.
  4. Garlic: Going the garlic way is a good idea to get your voice back. Suck the garlic to extract its juices. It will reduce the inflammation and help in getting the voice back.
  5. Peppermint Essential Oil: Inhale peppermint essential oil using an inhaler or by the way of steam. For the purpose of steam, take hot water in a large bowl. Add few drops of peppermint essential oil and inhale the steam coming out of it. Be careful to cover your head and face with towel to maximise the benefits.

Electric facial steamers and vaporizers are also good for this purpose. They are readily available at local pharmacies at quite reasonable price.

Above measures and remedies will certainly accelerate the recovery. Laryngitis disappears in a couple of days. If your voice does not get back even after a week, you should consult a doctor. Doctor will diagnose the underlying cause and will recommend the required medication.

It’s the most (ok, second most) wonderful time of the year! Tulips unfurling to flirt with the sun. Cherry trees flaunting their coats of candy pink blossoms. The world buzzing with possibility and life…

How to get your voice backAnd the temperature taking wider and wilder swings than Tyson on an earlobe prowl. Not to mention the Who’s Who of microbial minions masterminding their next invasion of your throat!

Spring has sprung indeed.

But you’ve fought the good fight. Wounded but not vanquished at the Battle of the Bug, aside from the occasional cough and a nose flowing like the Ganges, you’re feeling pretty good.

Until you open your mouth.

To talk, sing, practice ventriloquism. What emanates, well, it’s vaguely familiar. Sounds like a voice, but just not your voice. More like the death wail of a fallen wildebeest. It could double as the cry of their love child if on a blurry night of Jager Bombs, Gollum swiped right on the Dark Knight.

Your voice is trashed. And you need it to work. ASAP.

How do you get your voice back in the aftermath of illness?

How to get your voice back

But first, it’s that time in our show when we roll out the inevitable caveats:

This blog is not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional. If you have suffered from laryngitis or an extremely rough voice for two weeks or longer, seek medical help. Get your larynx to an ENT!

This post is aimed at those petri dishes we call singers and actors, sleep-deprived and overworked, who lure every virus out of hiding this time of year and then come into rehearsal channeling the voice of Sauron. So long as your voice does not remain hoarse for more than two weeks, you should be fine to follow the protocol described here. However, when in doubt, consult a doctor!

A Recovery Trifecta

Have a favourite recipe to magically heal hoarseness, a witch’s brew for vocal Nirvana? Lemme guess: ginger? menthol? cough drops? tea infused with the tears of wood elves?

Sorry to break it to you, but it’s probably just having a placebo effect. Meaning if you think it works, it seems to. Nothing you drink down, slurp up, or suck on will come in contact with your ragged vocal cords. If it did, you would drowned or choke to death. And that would be an awkward obituary.

Here’s what does work:

Your vocal cords are probably puffy from the hacking, throat clearing, and post-nasal drip. Swollen tissue doesn’t vibrate pretty. To facilitate the healing process, your vocal folds need to be hydrated. So sip, sip, sip that H2O until you pee clear (TMI but true.)

Nothing helps your voice recover faster than sleep. While you saw logs, your body restores and repairs itself. So turn off Fallon and turn in.

Save your voice. I know you love socializing over après-office drinks, but instead, head home and binge-watch The Office. All nine seasons. But seriously, rest your voice. Talk less, and don’t speak in loud environments. Texting is your friend (unless you’re speed dating in which case, well, good luck with that voice and all.)

But Don’t Over-rest

In the old rehabilitation model, when an athlete got injured, sports doctors recommended weeks, sometime months of rest to allow the injury to heal. Today, we

know better. Too much rest and inactivity can result in muscle atrophy and other issues that eventually can cause reinjury.

So a wounded footballer might not grace the pitch for a while, but once the swelling subsides, their trainer will be kicking their butt in the gym so they build up the strength and flexibility necessary to get back into the game.

In the same way, once your cold symptoms abate, you need to start using and exercising your voice. But smartly. Don’t go straight back to 3-hour karaoke marathons. Start small with targeted, therapeutic exercises and work back up slowly.

How to get your voice back

Back in this blog, I extolled the virtues of straw phonation during warmup. Good news, kids! It also works miracles on beat-up voices. So grab a straw and get phonating. Phonate soft. Phonate loud. Phonate low. Or in the clouds.

Here is celebrated vocal scientist Dr. Ingo Titze demonstrating how to straw phonate. Like a boss.

The Golden Vocal Rule

“So…my symptoms are gone, but the voice is rough! How do I know when I’m ready to start vocal exercises again? I don’t want to start too early and hurt my voice further.”

When it comes to getting back on the vocal hoarse (errr…horse #dadjoke), here’s a good rule of thumb to follow:

As long as your voice maintains or gets slightly better, keep vocalizing.

Start with straw phonation and gentle lip and tongue trills. I’m warning you, it will not be pretty. But as long as your voice holds or gets slightly better, keep going. Do it for five minutes and then rest. Maybe that’s all you do the first day, or maybe you try again later that day.

As soon as you can, start inflecting lightly into your upper head voice range. Click here to hear what head voice sounds like. Even if it sounds weak, breathy, falsetto-like. Glide up with a “hooty” OO vowel or a “creaky” voice sound like this:

Often your voice will feel stiff after weathering a cold so part of the recovery process is exercising through the full range of motion, from the short, thick vocal folds that produce chest voice (and your speaking voice) to the long thin folds of head voice. Work both your chest and head range and then try connecting the two, even if you put up with a break for a while. This applies both to singers and to those needing their speaking voice back.

It’s also important to pay attention to how you speak, especially during this recovery period when your voice can easily fatigue. Here are some important tips to help keep your voice healthy:

Activate the trifecta, vocalize so long as you aren’t losing voice, and soon your speaking and singing will begin to return. If you’re a young ankle-biter, you might recover within a few days. But if, like me, you’re older than Gollum, it could take several days to a week for your voice to feel completely “back” and ready to roll. That’s the price we pay for being dignified and wise.

What’s getting in the way of your singing development?

Summer is over and it is time to get back to the grind.

You may have had some liberties that voice overs don’t normally do on a regular work week – like staying out late, drinking a bit more than a glass of wine, eating sweets, drowning yourself in coffee, and maybe even smoking, making you susceptible to losing your voice.

The increase intake of alcohol or caffeinated beverages, staying out late, not getting enough rest, and working your voice too hard can cause dehydration and fatigue that contribute to a froggy voice.

So what can you do to help recover your voice quickly and get back inside your studio?

Definitely you need to REST.

When your throat starts to feel itchy and speaking becomes an effort, you should stop speaking right away. Even talking in a soft voice can actually make it worst as it strains your vocal chords, so seclude yourself or avoid engaging in a conversation. If you must, carry around a notebook or use a text-to-speech app. Let your voice heal by being silent.

A factor in the strain in your voice is dehydration, so DRINK and stay hydrated.

Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, and drink plenty of water. Cranberry juice can help loosen the mucus. Apple cider vinegar also works great with sore throat. It contains natural antibacterial properties which fight the infection, and like cranberry juice it is a natural expectorant that loosens and thins the mucus or phlegm present in the throat. This helps you breathe and swallow easily. Sip it in small amounts several times a day with water. Warm tea with honey also soothes without drying your throat.

It is necessary to take PROPER MEDICATION.

Avoid menthol cough drops or throat lozenges, the cooling effect you feel in your throat is the evaporation of alcohol that leads to more dryness and irritation. Use fruit-based or glycerin-based non-mentholated cough drops or candies. When you feel a tickle in your throat, use an expectorant product that does not have ingredients such as dextromethorphan. Consult a doctor before taking any antibiotics, or over-the-counter medicines and expectorants.

Rest, drink and medicate – three things to keep in mind to get your voice back in the pink of health. But here’s a bonus – BLOWING BUBBLES.

This method involves just blowing through a straw. This is an effective relief to your vanishing voice and invigorate your tired voice as it works the muscles that give your voice its regular projection abilities.

But as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As your voice is your “commodity” you should always take measures to take care and not abuse it.

If your vocal problems persists for long periods or you are prone to losing it, it is best to consult with a throat specialist or an ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist).

How do you avoid vocal problems? Do you have a tested cure in recovering your voice? Share it with us below.

How to get your voice back

Putting an extra strain on our voice chords due to various activities such as screaming loudly at various concerts as well as amusement parks, talking or singing too much. However, recovering your lost voice is easy and following some of the amazing natural treatments can provide you your voice back. The condition of losing your voice can also arise due to certain health conditions. Providing natural soothing to your voice and resting may help in getting back your lost voice. You can also consider various methods here, which we have provided on how to get your voice back.

Here, along with various methods to get your voice back, we have also provided some suggestions on how to use these natural methods to recover your voice. Read on to know when it is the time to go for taking the suggestions of your doctor for getting back your lost voice.

Natural remedies to get your voice back

1. Salt water gargle

You can get use salt water gargle to provide enough soothing to your throat. This remedy is also highly useful in getting relief from a sore throat. To use salt water,

  • Heat a glass of water until it gets warm.
  • Now add a tablespoon of salt in the water.
  • Gargle with the help of the solution to remove all the mucus in the throat.
  • Alternatively, you can also use apple cider vinegar instead of salt.

2. Herbal teas with lemon and honey

Drinking teas, such as chamomile tea, along with lemon and honey is also considered healthy for your throat and provide effective soothing. Along with this, using honey can also provide various benefits.

However, some experts do not recommend eating acidic food as it may prove harmful for the epithelial tissue. As both lemon, as well as tea, are acidic in nature, it can cause problems with your throat.

3. Steam

Steam is also highly useful in increasing the moisture in your throat. Therefore, steam is also useful in treating throat problems. To follow the technique,

  • Boil some water and pour it into a vessel.
  • Cover your head with a towel and keep it above the vessel.
  • You can even add some essential oil in it for more benefits.
  • Now, just turn off the fan and breath deep.

4. Lozenges

Another useful method, which you can use in treating your throat problems is lozenges. However, there is no scientific backing on treating throat problems with using lozenges.

Various experts have suggests that using lozenges can be helpful in getting more temporary relief, although it does not have any backing behind it.

5. Give rest to your throat

Providing enough rest to your throat is also a helpful way to get your voice back. Being silent also provides enough time to the epithelial tissue to repair. You can prefer to be silent all the time to do this.

  • One of the amazing through which you can be silent is to chew gums or suck on lozenges. This is also equally helpful in the production of the saliva.
  • To provide enough rest to your epithelial tissue you can opt to speak by writing on paper.
  • Limiting the use of increases voice and using various mechanical means can also show important benefits.

6. Breath in with nose and not mouth

It is important to breath with the help of your nose instead of your mouth. The main reason behind this is breathing in through your mouth makes your throat dry, which can cause problem if you have already lost your voice and may even cause the problem of sore throat. However, if you are suffering with problems such as stuffy nose, you may find it difficult to breath in with the help of nose.

7. Quit smoking

Along with various diseases, smoking can also cause the problem of throat dryness. The negative effect of smoking on your body too, cause various health problems. One more disadvantage of smoking is that it also causes change in your voice. Quitting smoking can show you a lot of development.

8. Avoid Aspirin

Although aspirin does provide relief from various types of pain, sometimes aspirin may create a lot of problems. Consumption of aspirin in the condition of rupturing the capillary, aspiring reduces the clotting of blood, which negatively affects the natural healing process of the body.

9. Stop eating acidic foods

Various foods are highly acidic in nature. Consumption of these foods can cause lot of problems and can even tear the the vocal chords, damaging your throat. Therefore, it is important to avoid the consumption of these foods completely.

You should also avoid the consumption of spicy foods as well as they also are not at all good for your throat.
When to see the doctor?

Even though the problem of losing your voice is not a serious condition and the situation can be restored after trying some natural remedies, it is important to take the suggestion from your doctor immediately, if you are experiencing various other symptoms along with the loss of voice.

If you are suffering with fever as well as cold longer than 2-3 weeks, it is recommended to take the help of your doctor immediately. Sometimes, the problem can even be caused due to any underlying disease in your body.


Following the healthy habits even though your voice is back on track, is necessary to take care of your voice properly. If you are on antibiotics, it is also important to complete the full course of antibiotics instead of giving up in the middle.

Take enough rest even if you are feeling better to get rid of the problem completely. Another most important thing you should during this time is to keep away from the dairy products. Consuming dairy products can be increase the proportion of mucus in the throat and it is important to get rid of all the mucus in throat to get your voice back completely.

Follow these tips if you are suffering with the problem of voice loss and want to get it back as soon as possible. All these tips are are natural and should not cause any side effects at all if used properly.

The throat has a part which we call Adam Apple . Just below this Adam Apple the tone of our throat is created by the larynx. This determines the pitch and frequency of the vocal cords.

The vocal cords vibrate 150-200 times per second for boys and 200-250 times per second for girls. It is controlled by some muscles. If for any reason there is an imbalance in tension or vibration, there is extra pressure on the vocal cords and we have difficulty speaking or hoarseness.

Many of us don’t feel the need to give too much importance to the tone of voice. But in many cases, a sore throat can be a symptom of a serious disease.

In most cases, respiratory tract infections are caused by sore throats or hoarseness. So we all need to be aware of this.

What to do when the voice is down:

Let’s find out, what do we do when the voice is down:

Gargle with salt water:

Saltwater is very effective in correcting the sore throat. Gargle with a little salt in hot water or lukewarm water. It should be done 4-5 times a day. 10-15 minutes will work well. As a rule, if you gargle with saltwater for a few days, you will get rid of sore throat and your voice will be back to normal.

Lemonade and Ginger:

Lemon water and ginger are very effective in relieving sore throat. The dry extract contains bactericidal ingredients, which normalize the throat by relieving sore throat and makes our voice normal.

Lemon juice and ginger should be taken in lukewarm water 3-4 times a day. Again you can eat it with lemon juice and ginger with tea.

Hot steam:

A very effective way to fix a sore throat or a general sore throat is to take hot steam. Boiling water vapor is beneficial for the throat when inhaled through the mouth and throat. At least 10 minutes 3-4 times a day to take hot steam. Broken voice, as well as sore throat, will be relieved.

Basil leaves and honey:

Basil leaves and honey are very useful to eliminate sore throats. You can mix a handful of basil leaves and a tablespoon of honey together. Again you can eat it with tea with basil leaf juice and honey. Eating like this a few times will relieve a sore throat and will make our voice normal.

Take a break from the voice:

Those who speak out loud, those who always have to use their voices, such as musicians, politicians, rest their voices for a while. This rest will reduce inflammation in the throat. It will also help us make our voice normal again.

Smoking should be avoided:

Smoking means getting poisoned. Smoking exacerbates any sore throat. In addition to sore throat, coughing, coughing up blood, weight loss or other symptoms occur due to smoking. So you have to stop smoking to get rid of sore throat and broken voice.

Want to know how to get your natural singing voice back in shape and sound better than ever before? It’s not as hard as you think. Watch!

I’m Chuck Gilmore, Founder of Power To Sing and the Second Nature Singing System.

What’s your story? Why have you stopped singing? Why are you wanting to get back to your passion to sing? Would you like to be better than you were before?

I did musical theater in high school. I had the lead and supporting lead roles my last two years in high school…and I loved it.

I entered college as a music major, but quickly realized that I couldn’t sing as high as the scholarship singers could. And I didn’t have vibrato in my voice.

I left college for two years to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While on my mission in Santa Barbara, California, I was asked to sing for a Christmas program and I bombed. I was embarrassed and discouraged. I’d been losing confidence in my voice and this was the final blow. I decided then that I was a choir singer but not a soloist. As a result, I didn’t sing another solo for 25 years.

Can you relate? Let me know in the comments.

Fortunately, when I was 43 years old, I attended a Seth Riggs vocal workshop and my life changed forever. After studying with one of his associate teachers and with Seth, I began singing better than I ever had before. Specifically, I added more than an octave to my range and I got vibrato for the first time in my life.

Fast forward another 20 years. I’ve now been in over 40 shows with many lead singing roles. I’ve done more with my singing than I ever imagined…including teaching this technique full time since 2009.

Where should you begin? First, I’m going to help you find your natural singing voice. Once you’ve found it, then I’ll give you 5 exercises that will jump start your voice again.

But these exercises will do more than get your voice back in shape. These exercises will help you sing higher without straining, cracking, breaking or going into breathiness or falsetto.

So you’ll find your natural singing voice AND then do exercises to recondition your voice, but in a way that makes your voice even better than before.

Find Your Natural Voice

Find your natural voice using this exercise.

Girls start on this note. [Starting at E#4-A3]

Do it easy, medium loud like you were talking to a friend and say “Nay” on each note, and repeat the bottom note 3 times.

Guys do the same thing only start on this note [Starting at G3-C3]

It’s not any harder than that. Just hold it a little longer so it sounds like this. [Demo holding the last note longer]

Here’s a few tips to make this easier. First, just let it happen naturally. Don’t try and “sing” per say. Rather, approach it like you are speaking on the pitch or on the melody. Let your voice feel the same as you would speak it…just speak it with the melody. [Demo]

Second, don’t add or subtract anything from your voice. Let it be as natural as it feels when you’re comfortably talking to a friend. [Demo]

Getting Your Voice Back in Shape even Better than Before

Here are five exercises to begin restoring your voice. For those familiar with our Second Nature Singing System, you’ll recognise these from Pillar One inside Second Nature Singing.

  1. Bubble Lips – Octave up and back. Girls start on Middle C# and go down to A3. Guys start on Ab3 and go down to E3. The exercise sounds like this. [Demo] Girls first. Now guys.
  2. Gee’s – Do this on the 5 tone scale. Girls start on Middle C and go up to F#4. Guys start on the G3 and to up to the C#4. When you do the exercise, add a dumb or dopy sound. The exercise sounds like this. [Demo] Girls first. Now guys.
  3. Ney’s – Do this on the Octave repeat. – Girls and guys start on the same pitches as number 1 above. When you do the exercise, add an exaggerated pharyngeal sound. The exercise sounds like this. [Demo] Girls first. Now guys.

Bonus exercises to help you transition to words and singing.

  1. No’s – Do these on the 1 ½ scale. Girls start on the F#3 and go up to Middle C. Guys start on B2 and go up to the F#3. The exercise sounds like this. [Demo] Girls first. Now guys.
  2. Mum’s – Same as number 4 only say Mum. The exercise sounds like this. [Demo] Girls first. Now guys.

The only complicated part of this is you need to do these as demonstrated. If you do, you’ll not only get your natural voice established and conditioned back into shape, you’ll be better than you were before.

If your vibrato is struggling or you’ve never had it before, check out this video which gives you 5 different ways to develop/improve your vibrato.

It’s not as important how long you practice. It’s more important that you do the exercises as demonstrated and you do them regularly. Do them once through at least 5-6 days a week. Change it up occasionally. Rather than an hour a day…try 30 minutes twice a day…like late morning and early evening.

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Bonus tip: There are 4 different scales listed above with 5 different exercises. Try doing Bubble lips with the other scales. Then try doing the Gee’s with the other scales and so forth. Using this pattern, you can get 20 different exercise combinations to get your voice in tip-top shape.

To catapult your singing progress, you need to discover your vocal type. I’m not talking about whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type describes what your voice does as you sing higher into your upper range.

When you know your vocal type, you can do exercises specifically for your unique vocal type. These exercises are tailored to your voice and will increase your range, strengthen your tone, eliminate strain, cracks, breaks and breathiness.

You can discover your vocal type by taking a simple vocal test. Get the vocal type test by clicking here.

I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. Finding your natural voice and getting it into better shape than ever before, will help your singing become second nature.

Take The Vocal Test

Do you have trouble singing high notes? Does your voice crack or break or sound weak and breathy? I’ll show you how to eliminate those problems so everyone loves your voice. Start now by taking the vocal test to get your vocal type.

How to get your voice back

As a professional singer, there is nothing worse than losing your voice. It helps to know what the cause is and how to get your voice back.

I often get calls and texts from artists needing vocal rescue tips when suffering from illness, vocal fatigue or overuse issues.

Let’s figure out what is going on & what we can do to help get your voice back.

What is happening when you lose your voice?

The tissue that covers your vocal folds has become inflamed or swollen.

Your vocal folds can’t close properly because of this and in turn, you aren’t able to create sound.

You may also have muscle tension in surrounding muscles that is contributing to your voice loss or lack of function.

How did you lose your voice?

Here are a few possible reasons:

  • You may have an upper respiratory infection such as a cold, cough, bronchitis, laryngitis or sinusitis.
  • You are suffering from seasonal allergies that cause sinus drainage, throat clearing, and laryngitis.
  • Overuse/poor vocal technique (both singing & speaking!) For example, overuse by talking too much (teaching, call centre, frontline staff), too loudly (over music at ‘da’ club), yelling at events, overdoing it in rehearsals, practices or on stage if you are struggling with the sound or monitoring plus singing with poor vocal technique.
  • If you have ongoing issues with hoarseness or voice loss, you may have callous-like growths called nodules on your folds that are making it hard for your voice to create sound consistently and efficiently. If this is happening, you should see your Doctor & get additional help from an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist or Laryngologist.

Here are my tips on how to get your voice back:

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor so please always consult with a physician if you are unsure about any remedy, natural or otherwise, before treating yourself!

Vocal Health Check-Up

If you have a voice issue it pays to see an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor or Laryngologist that specialises in singing voices, for a consultation and regular check-ups.

Avoid Voice Problems

Caring for your voice on a daily basis and getting vocal coaching to learn singing (and speaking!) techniques that support your style.

Vocal Rest

When I get artists calling me for vocal rescue advice, my first suggestion is not to sing and get vocal rest.

It may be hard when you have gigs lined up, but you need to consider the long-term health of your voice. One missed performance now can potentially stop a year of enforced vocal rest if you push through.

My mantra is “If it hurts, don’t do it!”


Drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated and then adding topical hydration by steaming will help fast track the healing process but should be a part of your daily vocal care routine.

Check out my post on vocal health tips to learn exactly how much water you need and learn how to steam.

Safely treat your voice with natural remedies

  • Although not proven scientifically, well known go tos like Active Manuka Honey (UMF 10+) are fantastic. A teaspoon straight in your mouth or in a warm drink is a great natural antibacterial & anti-inflammatory.
  • Drinking liquorice & ginger tea (use shavings of real ginger and steep in hot water for a few minutes) has the same antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as Manuka honey.
  • Avoid green tea or any herbal tea that is caffeinated as that will have a drying effect on your voice. If you must drink tea (or coffee for that matter), drink an additional glass of water (above and beyond your daily intake) for every cup of green tea/coffee you consume.
  • A daily supplement like Vitamin C, echinacea and garlic are great as preventative aids.
  • Salt gargle – this will help to fend off any bacteria in your mouth & upper throat.
  • Nasal Irrigation for sinus and allergy issues. This involves flushing your nasal passage with a saline solution to eliminate congestion and allergens. You can do this on a daily basis as part of your ongoing vocal care.
  • Avoidany throat or nasal sprays that numb or are antiseptic as they are super drying and numbing will stop you feeling and you may end up singing through due to not feeling the pain when you should be resting! You can do a salt gargle or nasal irrigation instead.
  • Avoid acidic or spicy foods to eliminate triggering reflux which can cause digestive acids to move up your esophagus & damage your vocal folds.

Vocal Exercises

Although you do want to rest your voice, it is still good to stretch your vocal folds and keep some movement happening in the larynx.

You can use gentle or silent Sirens to help to keep your vocal folds in action and stretched without making a sound.

A great tension release exercise is the “sob” technique. It helps to lower your larynx and release any tension, especially if you have been singing high pitches and your larynx has been in a high position.

See a vocal coach for help with these techniques.

Side note: You can get a massage on your larynx/throat area. It’s called Laryngeal massage. You can do it yourself or get a specialist to do it for you.

Extra preventative measures

Check your medications

Talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking as they may be affecting your voice. Even natural herbs and remedies can impact on your voice so do some research on what you plan to take.

Check your diet

As mentioned above, avoiding certain acidic or spicy foods can help to limit reflux and the vocal damage that occurs because of it.

You may also find avoiding dairy or certain foods that trigger you specifically, can help to get your voice back more quickly.

Most importantly…

The amount of time it takes to get your voice back will differ from person to person. Try these tips but please see a doctor if you still have no voice after 48 hours.

Talk to your doctor or a specialist if any vocal problems persist or are ongoing.

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We understand. Voice over talents are normal human beings just like us. You have your life outside work. You may have had some liberties that voice overs don’t normally do on a regular work week – like staying out late, drinking a bit more than a glass of wine, eating sweets, drinking liters of coffee, and maybe even smoking, making you vulnerable to throat irritations that leads to losing your voice.

Dehydration and fatigue can make your voice sore. The increase intake of alcohol or caffeinated beverages, staying out late, not getting enough rest, and working your voice too hard can give your beloved voice a problem. But do not worry, here are some tips to help you recover faster and get help you get back in your studio faster!


When your throat starts to feel itchy and speaking becomes an effort, you should stop speaking right away! Even talking in a soft voice can actually worsen your condition as it strains your vocal cords, so avoid engaging in a conversation. If you must, carry around a notebook or use a text-to-speech app. Let your voice heal by being silent. Imitating Charlie Chaplin for a day isn’t that bad right?

DRINK and stay hydrated.

AVOID alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, and drink plenty of water for one of the factors in the strain in your voice is dehydration. Cranberry juice can help loosen the mucus. Apple cider vinegar also works great with sore throat. It contains natural antibacterial properties which fight the infection, and like cranberry juice it is a natural expectorant that loosens and thins the mucus or phlegm present in the throat. This helps you breathe and swallow easily. Sip it in small amounts several times a day with water. Warm tea with honey also soothes without drying your throat. Ginger may also help you. It can serve as a pain reliever because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It also boosts immunity to help fight infections that cause sore throats. Drink at least a cup of warm ginger tea to ease your sore throat.


Avoid menthol cough drops or throat lozenges, the cooling effect you feel in your throat is the evaporation of alcohol that leads to more dryness and irritation. Use fruit-based or glycerin-based non-mentholated cough drops or candies. When you feel a tickle in your throat, use an expectorant product that does not have ingredients such as dextromethorphan. Remember that it is important to consult a doctor before taking any antibiotics, or over-the-counter medicines and expectorants.

Rest, drink and medicate – three things to keep in mind to get your voice back on track. But here’s a bonus – BLOWING BUBBLES.

This method involves just blowing through a straw. This is an effective relief to your vanishing voice and give life to your tired voice as it works the muscles that give your voice its regular projection abilities.

But as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As your voice is your product you should always take extra measures to take care of it, and not abuse it. You should articles on how to take care of your voice and be mindful of what you drink, or eat. Yes, you still need a life outside work but taking things in moderation will not really hurt you that much.

If your vocal problems persists for long periods or you are prone to losing it, it is best to consult with a throat specialist or an ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist).

How do you prevent yourself from getting a sore throat or catching a cold?

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Not everyone who goes through treatment for laryngeal cancer will need to have surgery.

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Your care team will do everything they can to preserve as much of your voice as possible. But if a partial or total removal of your voice box (larynx) is necessary, the recovery process will include learning to speak without your vocal cords.

Fortunately, there are effective ways to restore speech after a laryngectomy, and a speech-language pathologist will be there to support you along the way.

“With some of the newer speaking prostheses, a lot of people can still communicate with a human-sounding voice – it’s just deeper and a little more guttural sounding,” says otolaryngologist Paul Bryson, MD.

Understanding larynx cancer

The larynx, or voice box, is an organ in your throat that connects your lungs to your nose and mouth. It plays a function in your speaking, swallowing and breathing.

Cancer can develop in any of the three distinct parts of the larynx:

  • Supraglottis: The upper part above the vocal cords.
  • Glottis: The vocal cords.
  • Subglottis: The part below the vocal cords, right above the trachea.

Prognosis and treatment options depend on where the tumor is located and how big it is.

“There are always two goals with treatment: to eradicate the cancer and preserve as much of the function of the larynx as possible,” Dr. Bryson says.

If you and your care team decide that the best option is to remove all or part of your larynx, there are a few things that will happen during your surgery.

The trachea (windpipe) and the esophagus (food pipe) will be disconnected, and part or all of the larynx removed. If lymph nodes have been affected by the cancer, they may also be removed.

During a total laryngectomy, the surgeon will also create a permanent hole in your neck – a stoma – that will become your new airway.

The surgeon may also perform a primary voice puncture, which sets the stage for regaining your voice after surgery. (This can also be done after your laryngectomy). He or she creates a pathway between your windpipe and esophagus and places a small, one-way valve (voice prosthesis) in it.

Voice recovery

As you recover in the hospital and at home, you’ll stay in close contact with your care team. A speech-language pathologist who specializes in post-laryngectomy voice rehabilitation will work with you to adapt or learn one or more of the following ways to communicate:

Voice prosthesis: If you had a voice prosthesis placed during or after surgery, you will be able to learn tracheoesophageal speech. When you cover your stoma with your finger as you exhale, air is redirected through the valve and into your esophagus. Muscle vibrations in the esophagus will create sound as the air flows through it, and you can shape that sound with your mouth and tongue. Newer, hands-free prostheses may make it possible for you to not have to cover the stoma while you speak.

Some kinds of prostheses need to be taken out and cleaned regularly. Others are designed to only be removed by medical professionals and need to be changed every couple of months. Your care team will help you decide on the right prosthesis for you before surgery.

Artificial larynx: These battery-operated, handheld devices are easy to use, although the sound produced has a robotic quality. You hold up the device against your neck, and it turns vibrations into sounds. You can use your tongue and mouth to turn the sounds into words.

Esophageal speech: This method of speech is used less often than others. To do it, you learn to move air down into your esophagus and release it in a controlled way to create sound.

Regardless of which method is best for you, it’s critical to be engaged in the education process and lean on your loved ones for support. “I think the patients that do the best are the ones that have supporting family and friend networks that help them make their appointments and help them make the transition,” Dr. Bryson says.

How to describe this.

1. Go to sound devices (get there by right clicking sound on system tray or control panel)
2. Go to Playback tab (or click playback devices)
3. Right click your headphones
4. Click propteries
5. go to LEVELS tab
6. find Microphone, click the speakerphone icon until a Red circle with a strike appears. This will mute your microphone

That’s how to mute your mic using windows.

If your headset installs special software it might not work
If your headset is hooked up via hardware that gives microphone feedback, you’ll have to look at instructions.

Thats prob why huh. Ya mine now is a usb, didnt think that would be the reason.

It can set up some weird conflicts. Just fool around in your audio card drivers, mixer, and sound hardware. I suspect, you will find one set up muted, or not active. If the computer is detecting it, it wants to use it. Just have to direct the channels that direction.

How to describe this.

1. Go to sound devices (get there by right clicking sound on system tray or control panel)
2. Go to Playback tab (or click playback devices)
3. Right click your headphones
4. Click propteries
5. go to LEVELS tab
6. find Microphone, click the speakerphone icon until a Red circle with a strike appears. This will mute your microphone

That’s how to mute your mic using windows.

If your headset installs special software it might not work
If your headset is hooked up via hardware that gives microphone feedback, you’ll have to look at instructions.

A really handy standard search. Thanks for providing it. I would have done something like it, but I am currently forehead deep in win 10’s so I can’t backtrack audio currently.

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Summer is over and it is time to get back to the grind.

You may have had some liberties that voice overs don’t normally do on a regular work week – like staying out late, drinking a bit more than a glass of wine, eating sweets, drowning yourself in coffee, and maybe even smoking, making you susceptible to losing your voice.

The increase intake of alcohol or caffeinated beverages, staying out late, not getting enough rest, and working your voice too hard can cause dehydration and fatigue that contribute to a froggy voice.

So what can you do to help recover your voice quickly and get back inside your studio?

Definitely you need to REST.

When your throat starts to feel itchy and speaking becomes an effort, you should stop speaking right away. Even talking in a soft voice can actually make it worst as it strains your vocal chords, so seclude yourself or avoid engaging in a conversation. If you must, carry around a notebook or use a text-to-speech app. Let your voice heal by being silent.

A factor in the strain in your voice is dehydration, so DRINK and stay hydrated.

Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, and drink plenty of water. Cranberry juice can help loosen the mucus. Apple cider vinegar also works great with sore throat. It contains natural antibacterial properties which fight the infection, and like cranberry juice it is a natural expectorant that loosens and thins the mucus or phlegm present in the throat. This helps you breathe and swallow easily. Sip it in small amounts several times a day with water. Warm tea with honey also soothes without drying your throat.

It is necessary to take PROPER MEDICATION.

Avoid menthol cough drops or throat lozenges, the cooling effect you feel in your throat is the evaporation of alcohol that leads to more dryness and irritation. Use fruit-based or glycerin-based non-mentholated cough drops or candies. When you feel a tickle in your throat, use an expectorant product that does not have ingredients such as dextromethorphan. Consult a doctor before taking any antibiotics, or over-the-counter medicines and expectorants.

Rest, drink and medicate – three things to keep in mind to get your voice back in the pink of health. But here’s a bonus – BLOWING BUBBLES.

This method involves just blowing through a straw. This is an effective relief to your vanishing voice and invigorate your tired voice as it works the muscles that give your voice its regular projection abilities.

But as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As your voice is your “commodity” you should always take measures to take care and not abuse it.

If your vocal problems persists for long periods or you are prone to losing it, it is best to consult with a throat specialist or an ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist).

How do you avoid vocal problems? Do you have a tested cure in recovering your voice? Share it with us below.

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Last update: 20 May, 2022

We don’t often realize how important something is until we don’t have it anymore. This applies especially to our voices. We are so used to speaking, singing, yelling, etc., that we often take our voice for granted. Because of this, suffering from voice loss can be very annoying. Find out how to naturally help with this problem in this article.

Common causes for voice loss

  • Speaking with a voice much louder than normal
  • Inhalation of tobacco smoke or other gases that cause irritation
  • Ingestion of irritating or toxic products
  • Coughing or hoarseness
  • Singing with bad technique
  • Lesions in the vocal cords (nodules or polyps)
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Extreme temperatures (the ingestion of extremely hot or extremely cold beverages, extremely cold weather, etc.)2
  • Breathing badly (for example, breathing through your mouth at night)
  • Emotional or nerve issues

If aphonia persists more than 3 or 4 days, we recommend you consult with an ear, nose, and throat specialist for them to examine your larynx and rule out other causes.

Once a doctor has identified the cause and prescribed a treatment, there are some small tricks that can help you improve more quickly.

In addition to getting rid of everything that might aggravate the inflammation (tobacco, alcohol, etc.) we should try to make sure that the neck is warm enough, taking care, especially, during cold weather to cover it up appropriately.

To follow, we will be discussing some natural foods and supplements that can help you get better faster. If you depend on your voice (if you’re a teacher, singer, actor, etc.) try consuming them every day.

Natural remedies for voice loss

Ginger is a highly-recommended food to take care of our vocal cords. You can consume it fresh, as an infusion, dried, or candied. You can also apply it to the neck as an essential oil (diluted a bit with almond oil).

Antibacterial onion and brown sugar syrup: Boil two onions with half a liter of water for twenty minutes. Add two or three tablespoons of brown sugar to the liquid that remains. Take it in gulps throughout the day.

Thyme infusion: Thyme has many healing properties. To enjoy them, prepare an infusion and drink with the juice from half a lemon and some honey. This is also great for gargling.

Propolis: This natural antibiotic can be taken with hot water throughout the day.

Sage and plantain infusion: these two plants are rich in plant mucilage, a type of soluble fire with emollient (softening and smoothening) properties and that repairs mucosae. Prepare an infusion for drinking and gargle.

Olive oil, honey, and lemon: Mix a tablespoon of olive oil (extra virgin, cold-pressed), a tablespoon of lemon juice, and two tablespoons of honey. Then, take one tablespoon of the mixture four times a day, until you get better.

Agrimony: This is an excellent plant that smooths the voice and clears the throat. Take it as an extract or an infusion. Also, you can gargle with it.

Licorice: This root helps to expel phlegm and lower the inflammation of the respiratory tract. You can drink it as an infusion (it will need to boil for a while if the root is thick) or in natural pills that you can find at Whole Foods. However, be careful because licorice is not recommended for people with hypertension.

Read also: Try these Natural Remedies to Detox Your Lungs

Stretching of the vocal chords

One interesting and surprising exercise that helps to quickly lower inflammation of the vocal cords consists of grabbing the tongue (with a clean cloth) and stretching it gently out of the mouth, moving it lightly in all directions.

You should do this for a few seconds at a time and repeat two or three times. Although the sensation is strange, when you finish you will notice an improvement.

Homeopathy for voice loss

Homeopathic remedies can help to quickly strengthen the effects of other natural remedies.

  • For people who have overused their voices: Argentum Metallicum or Rhus Tox
  • Aphonia caused by cold and humidity: Dulcamara
  • For people who lost their voices from yelling: Arnica
  • Aphonia caused by dry cold: Causticum
  • If your throat also hurts: Causticum
  • Changes in tone following a speech: Arum Triphillum
  • Aphonia caused by nervousness: Geslenium

Once you have chosen a remedy, allow three grains to dissolve under the tongue three times a day. Spread out your intake between meals, drinks, and strong flavors.

We recommend consulting with a doctor or naturopath before undergoing any natural treatments.

I know so many amazing professionals who often tell me that speaking up at work is a challenge. It’s not that they don’t have opinions—the certainly do! And it’s not because they don’t have the smarts—these folks are the best and the brightest. But they still have an incredibly difficult time expressing themselves in the workplace. So today’s post is all about finding your voice at work and overcoming those internal demons that have been keeping you quiet.

Before we get started though, let’s address those demons. What stifles your voice in the workplace?

Here are a few of the common answers:

  • I feel intimated by others.
  • I don’t feel respected.
  • I’m afraid of rejection.
  • I’m afraid of confrontation or “rocking the boat.”
  • I want to blend in and not draw attention to myself.
  • I’m afraid of looking stupid.
  • No one will listen anyway.

Any of these sound familiar?

Now, we should also address why having a voice at work is important. Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • You deserve it!
  • Sharing your thoughts will show others you’re engaged.
  • You’ll get noticed (in a positive way)
  • You’ll earn more respect.
  • You’ll contribute more value.
  • You’ll be more involved (which makes work more stimulating)
  • You’ll learn more.

I truly believe that voicing your opinions, objections, and questions is an important part of being a valuable employee. But it also has an enormous impact on the fulfillment you get from your work. Feeling stifled and unheard is frustrating, no matter how much you tell yourself you “don’t care.” You’re not a robot. You have a brain and valuable experience and knowledge to share. You weren’t hired to just go through the motions. You deserve a voice and, once you start using it, others will come to respect you more for it.

So, how exactly does one start to find their voice at work? Try the following:

Listen First

There’s nothing worse than someone who speaks without first listening to what others are saying. If you’re not quite sure that you fully understand the situation, don’t jump right in. Listen, absorb and make sure that your contribution will be helpful and not distracting or off-topic.

Be Selective

Keep in mind that if you have an opinion on everything, eventually people will stop listening. When you have something important to say that you believe adds value, that’s the time to speak up. Don’t just talk because you feel like you should, or you don’t want to be left out or simply because you haven’t heard your own beautiful voice in a while.

Time and Place

There are appropriate times and places for speaking up just as there are inappropriate ones. Be aware of what’s going on around you and be receptive to the environment. If tensions are high, you may want to stay quiet for the time being. If you have a topic to discuss that may be uncomfortable or awkward, take note of the people in the room. You may want to have a private conversation instead. If you need to confront a delicate situation with someone who’s particularly stressed out, choose your timing wisely. You may want to wait until things slow down. You always want to find the best environment in which to be heard.

Tact and Diplomacy

Approach any business conversation with a professional tone and keep your language neutral and non-judgmental. When people feel attacked, they stop listening and go into “defensive mode”. Don’t be too vocal when your emotions are high; take time to gather yourself and then approach delicate situations with the appropriate level of caution. Be sensitive to the feelings of others and use all of your senses to gauge the environment. If you feel others shifting away from you, getting nervous or antsy, or simply not paying attention, tune into yourself and make adjustments as needed.

Be Polite

Basic social etiquette applies in the workplace. Don’t interrupt others, raise your voice or use confrontational language. While you want to demonstrate assertiveness, you need to balance it with respect. If done wrong, it may come off as aggressive, which can have an incredibly counterproductive impact on the conversation.

Back It Up

Look, it would be great if everyone just listened to you because you’re YOU and you deserve to be heard. But most people, especially in the workplace, want some proof that you know what you’re talking about. So, before you jump in with your opinions and brilliant insights, collect your supporting data. What makes you think this way? What do you know that perhaps they don’t? What facts brought you to these conclusions? Don’t just rely on your gut feeling. No one else trusts your gut the way you do.

Zip It

Learn how to speak concisely. Long-winded, rambling monologues are easily tuned out. Give voice to your thoughts and then zip it. Let others reflect on it, question it, and mull it over. Your job isn’t to defend what you’ve said. Respond when needed but don’t expect that you’ll convince everyone to agree with you. That’s not what this is about. Having a voice is the important part. Whether or not it’s the final authority on the topic is immaterial.

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Your voice can be dramatically impacted by illness. And knowing when and how to start building the strength back in your voice is super important so that you don’t damage your voice.

This video will walk you through a number of gentle (and safe) exercises that will help you get your voice back after being sick.

Be patient and remember to LISTEN to your body. Don’t push through pain and don’t force your voice to do things it doesn’t want to.
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Have confidence in the value of your contributions to meetings!

Maybe it’s the oversized table. The looming presence of your manager. Or the loud co-worker who hogs the mic. Whether your meeting is face-to-face or online, it’s easy to feel anxious, self-conscious and lost for words.

Worse still, when you do speak up and share your thoughts, you’re ignored or “shot down” by bigger voices. Although it can feel like you’re the only one struggling at meetings, you’re not alone. And just as others overcome their self-consciousness and speak up, so will you!

Why Make Your Voice Heard?

Meetings are a key way to get yourself noticed . When you “hold your own” in a meeting, you show that you’re confident and proactive, and this can mark you out as a future leader.

Unfortunately, your colleagues can’t read minds. So no matter how many great ideas you have in your head, they’re useless to you, your team, and your organization until you express them.

Let’s look at seven ways to build your confidence and gain a sense of control that will allow you to make a valuable contribution to your next meeting.

How to Get Yourself Heard

1. Have Confidence in Your Own Value

Chances are, you’ve been invited to the meeting because you have something to offer. You’re wanted and valued – so be confident! You’ll likely have expert knowledge or skills related to the topic being discussed. Or perhaps your manager thinks that it’s a good learning opportunity for you, and they’re interested to see how you perform in this situation.

If the reason for your attendance is unclear, ask your manager or the meeting’s organizer. If you don’t have to be there, have the confidence to politely decline. After all, unnecessary meetings are time-consuming and expensive – consider the hourly rate of everyone present!

2. Ask Questions

If putting your own idea or view across is too nerve-racking, begin by asking questions about what other attendees are saying. This shows that you’re attentive, engaged and interested.

To avoid any tendency to go blank with fear in meetings, come armed with a few questions. But be careful that you don’t ask so many that you delay the meeting.

3. Speak up for Others

Learning to push yourself forward can be hard, but most of us tend to find helping and praising others easier. So start building up your confidence by looking out for fellow attendees.

For example, if someone says something that you agree with, say so. After giving them credit for their idea, you might want to build on it by adding your own ideas. Also, you could steer attention back to someone who got interrupted with a simple, “Ayesha, what were you going to say?”

When you become confident about speaking up for others, you’ll feel less self-conscious about speaking up for yourself.

Remember that your nonverbal cues speak volumes. Maintaining eye contact with the person speaking and nodding in agreement shows that you’re alert and respectful. Read on for tips to pick up these signals in virtual meetings.

4. Be One of the First to Speak

Author of “The Power of Presence” Kirsti Hedges advises you get your idea out there in the first few minutes. As she says, “The vibe of the meeting is set early, and by contributing then, you’re establishing yourself as an active participant.” [1] So, take the lead and be assertive .

Be aware that assertive isn’t the same as aggressive, and that being early to speak doesn’t mean always being the first!

5. Embrace the Skills of Introversion

If you’re an introvert , you’ll likely be reflective, strategic, and observant. You can draw on these attributes in two ways. In the lead-up to the meeting, research the subject under discussion and plan what you want to say or ask. And once you’re in the meeting, use your active listening skills to summarize what’s being said, show that you value others’ opinions, and offer your own considered point of view.

6. Give Your Idea the Advantage

If you can, get yourself on the agenda so that you’ll have a guaranteed opportunity to speak. If this isn’t possible, let everyone know in advance that you have something you want to share.

If you use apps such as Asana or Mural, for example, you can post questions and ideas ahead of the meeting. Writing these out will also help you to articulate your thoughts.

7. Keep It Short, With No Apology

Start and end your contribution with conviction. Avoid opening with an apologetic “I’m sorry, but…” This will immediately weaken your position. Start strongly but politely with, “I’d like to say…” or “Can I just add…?”

Once you’ve said what you want to say, simply finish speaking. Or if you’re on a virtual call, close with, “Over to you, Susan.” People will appreciate your efficient delivery.

Avoid saying, “I disagree.” People hear this and immediately feel confronted and annoyed, and may stop listening to you. It’s far better to say, “I see it a little differently, because…”

Getting Heard in Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings bring their own unique challenges. It can be tougher, for example, to pick up on the visual and behavioral cues that help natural conversation flow. When you do jump in to speak, time lags can leave you talking over other attendees.

These awkward silences and stutters make us more self-aware and can result in “Zoom fatigue” – that is, exhaustion caused by video calls.

To help yourself speak up in online meetings:

  • Test your tech. Before your video call, check that you can log in to the software, test your mic, and find a camera angle you’re happy with. You could also do a trial-run call with a friend. That way, you can focus on the conversation and not worry about technical gremlins.
  • Reduce distractions. Tidy your remote workspace and close other apps that could take your focus off the meeting. If you feel self-conscious on screen, configure your video call settings so that you only see the speaker and/or other attendees. Some apps also have “background blur” to keep attention on you.
  • Maintain eye contact. If attendees see your eyes wander off screen, their attention may drift away. So, look into the lens of your camera, just like you would the eyes of a friend you’re talking to in person. Looking around all attendees in “group view” also helps you to maintain eye contact without staring.
  • Check online meeting etiquette. Some teams have unofficial guidelines for online meetings. Like asking participants to turn off their cameras or mute themselves while others speak. Ask in advance how you can raise points. Do you use the chat feature, for example, or turn on your camera and hold up your hand?

After some practice with these tips, you might find it easier to contribute to remote meetings. You can also explore opportunities to build your confidence, such as giving presentations to larger groups.

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Get media exposure (and more!) by reclaiming your voice

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You know you need to share your authentic voice to get exposure. You can’t get noticed by blending in.

Yet, even as you recognize the truth in these words, your inner critic is insisting it’s not safe to stand out. That when you finally raise your voice with passion and conviction, no one will care.

How do you unchain yourself from the idea that your idea isn’t new, your product isn’t unique, or your service isn’t worthwhile?

In a FREE training, Brigitte Lyons and Tara Sophia Mohr share how you can quiet the inner critic and recover your authentic voice.

  • How Tara got her own voice back
  • What you can expect when you reclaim yours
  • How to trust your own voice when the stakes are high

We’ll also delve into Tara’s recent experience as a guest on The Today Show –what did her inner critic say, and how did Tara express herself with confidence and authenticity on such a big stage?

We’re passionate about helping you share your voice more fully.

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Acid reflux is the back-flow (or reflux) of gastric acid that comes from the stomach, which then meets the esophagus, causing what is known as heartburn.

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What can Acid Reflux do to your Vocal Cords?

Acid Reflux disease can cause your throat to become very sore. The throat pain occurs because stomach acid leaves the stomach and rises to the lungs and the esophagus. In this instance, the acid gets mixed with saliva and can affect your vocal anatomy and could cause you to lose your voice.

This can also cause symptoms like shortness of breath.

This is due to the body trying to compensate for voice degradation – caused by gastric acid reaching the vocal cords/folds/box. The reduction in air-intake, due to the above, then causes your vocal cords to strain. With that said, if left untreated, the risk of vocal cord damage rises, followed by potential voice damage or permanent degradation of voice quality. In this instance, your voice may sound deeper and it may have a thinner projection rate. The volume of your voice may also be compromised.

All the above problems make it hard for speakers or singers to properly be heard and are asked to constantly repeat what they are trying to say, which can be frustrating to both the speaker and the listener.

NOTE: Acid reflux can hurt not only your throat and vocal cords; it can also (in heightened cases) injure your lungs and other organs – including the heart.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux –

  • Heartburn – a Burning sensation that sometimes spreads as far as the vocal anatomy.
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Pain in chest
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • A noticeably dry cough
  • Hoarseness
  • A sore throat
  • Slight vomiting of sour liquid or food
  • A feeling of a lump in your throat

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What can be done about acid reflux that affects one’s voice and overall health?

Our approach to dealing with acid reflux is revolutionary, holistic and non-surgical, as this method of instruction and treatment gets to the root of the cause, rather than treating solely its symptoms.

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  • While the above is taking place, we will simultaneously administer specially chosen natural herbs and remedies which will soothe & heal the throat/vocal cords while minimizing the pain from the effects of the acid reflux.
  • Combining the two points above will ensure the protection and longevity of the acid reflux sufferers’ vocal anatomy (throat, larynx and vocal cords). This method will also instill a newly-revised form of voice usability which is totally applicable to professional speaking and (if needed) singing.

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Use your voice just by uttering the phrase ‘Hey Cortana.’ Here’s how.

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Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant is an integral part of Windows 10. But normally, to pose a question or command, you first have to click on the microphone icon next to Cortana’s “Ask me anything” field just to wake it up.

But why bother clicking on something when you can use your voice? Through Microsoft’s “Hey Cortana” feature, you can get the attention of the voice assistant just by saying “Hey Cortana,” and segue into your converation seamlessly. Let’s see how this works.

In Windows 10, click on the microphone icon next to Cortana’s “Ask me anything” field to open the Cortana window.

Then click on the Settings icon (the one that looks like a gear).

In the Settings pane, turn on the option under “Hey Cortana” that says “Let Cortana respond to ‘Hey Cortana.'”

Now Cortana will respond to you when you utter that special phrase. But, wait, there’s more. The next option says: “Keep my device from sleeping when it’s plugged in so I can always say ‘Hey Cortana’ (unless I turn it off myself).” If you want your laptop to never fall asleep when plugged into an outlet so that “Hey Cortana” will always be available, turn on this option.

Next up is deciding who can say “Hey Cortana” to activate the voice assistant. If you want anybody to be able to turn on the feature by saying the magic words, then click on the button that says: “Respond when anyone says ‘Hey Cortana.'” If you want to be the only person who can wake up Cortana by voice, then click on the next button that says: “Try to respond to only me.”

If you’re going to be the sole user of “Hey Cortana,” then it’s a good idea to help Cortana better understand the sound and quality and nuances of your voice. In that case, click on the link that says: “Learn how I say ‘Hey Cortana.'”

A screen pops up telling you that you’ll have to repeat six phrases so Cortana can get familiar with your voice. As the screen says, it’s best to do this in a quiet place so no extraneous noise interferes with the process. Click on the Start button.

Cortana prompts you to repeat the six phrases, one after the other. If it has trouble understanding a particular phrase, it will ask you to repeat it. When you’ve repeated all six phrases to Cortana’s satisfaction, you can now say “Hey Cortana” followed by your question, command, or comment, but now with a bit more confidence that it will understand what you’re saying.

Okay, now that Cortana can wake up via your voice, what are some questions, commands, and comments you can throw at it? Here are a few examples. You can tell Cortana to…

  • Open a specific app on your Windows 10 PC
  • Turn key Windows 10 features on and off
  • Set a calendar appointment for a specific date and time.
  • Set a reminder for a specific date and time
  • Provide a weather forecast
  • Compose and send emails and texts to specific people
  • Search for photos, videos, music, documents, and other files by name or other criteria
  • Serve up information on various research questions, such as “What is the population of the United States?” or “Who was the 25th US president?”
  • Tell you a joke

Cortana can even offer suggestions as it learns more about you. For example, it can cull information about you from its Notebook (the third icon from the top of the Cortana window) to suggest books to read, movies to see, restaurants to dine at, and events to attend. It can also track the status of your airline flights, package shipments, investments, local traffic, and an array of other items.

Finally, Microsoft’s Meet Cortana (Opens in a new window) and What is Cortana (Opens in a new window) webpages provide more details on just what you can ask the voice assistant. For more, check out 11 Cortana Tricks for a Master Chief and some of our other Windows 10 tips below.

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Roblox has detailed how to get and use voice chat and it requires you to first verify your age.

The feature has been a long-time coming despite concerns raised about its inclusion. Most concerns stem from the fact that a large portion of its playerbase is children and they could be talking to adults.

While concerns are understandable, there is an age restriction and you can turn the feature off as well as report people.

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Did Roblox add voice chat?

Roblox has added voice chat to the game.

The feature is called Spatial Voice and it allows people to verbally communicate with others in-game. It was first announced in February and the team made it clear that they were focused on making it safe.

Not everyone will be happy or feel comfortable with its inclusion, but it cannot be used by people under the age of 13. There are also ways to report abuse and you can disable it if it proves a horrible experience.

How to turn on voice chat in Roblox

You need to be verified as age 13 or above to turn on and use voice chat in Roblox.

Provided you meet the above condition, simply follow the below steps to enable the Spatial feature:

  • Proceed to Account Settings
  • Click the Privacy Tab
  • Toggle the Spatial Voice selector to ON
  • It will turn from grey to green, indicating that voice chat has been enabled for your account.

If you wish to turn it off to disable the feature, all you need to do is the follow above steps and toggle it to OFF. The game’s help website also provides details on how to report abuse and block users.

Voice Chat is officially out for everyone on Roblox 13+

How to verify your age

You will need need to be 13 or older and have a government-issused photo ID to verify your age.

Provided you have the above, simply follow the below steps:

  • Log into your account
  • Go to Settings
  • Select Account Info
  • Click Verify My Age underneath Birthday
  • A popup will appear and on your desktop computer, you will see a QR code. Scan this QR code with your mobile device
  • You will be directed to and will be prompted to begin the age verification process
  • Click on Start Session and follow the instructions
  • Allow camera access
  • Scan your ID document (driver’s license, passport, residency card etc.)
  • Take a selfie to show that you are the same person as the one on your photo ID
  • Navigate back to your original Roblox session. You will see real-time status updates there. Once verification is complete, you will see a pass or failed result

Check out Roblox‘s help website for more information.

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Many people dislike their own voice when they hear it back. You may wish for your voice to be deeper and more commanding, as opposed to being high and squeaky. If you are wondering how to make your voice deeper, here are some dos and don’ts that you may want to follow.

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How to Make Your Voice Deeper

1. Add Nasal Tone

The human voice is the most powerful when speaking from just behind the nasal area. To practice this, make a humming “mmm” noise as if you were responding to a question. This should lead you to feel slight vibration. It is the nasal cavity where you should try to project your voice from.

2. Breathe from Your Diaphragm

When breathing, your stomach should rise whilst your shoulders should remain still. This is a full diaphragm breath and when it is done consistently, it can help to achieve a deeper voice.

3. Speak from Your Stomach

Perform a swallowing motion. The final moment before the throat returns to its natural position is the area in which you can try speaking from to attain a deeper voice. With practice, this should become easier.

4. Speak Slowly

If you want to know how to make your voice deeper, you should consider the speed in which you speak. Slowly lower your tone at the start and end of a sentence. Before long you will be doing it naturally. It is important to note that when trying to lower your voice, you shouldn’t attempt to speak too low too quickly as this can lead to unwanted damage to the vocal cords. If your throat seems to be straining, ease off on your voice deepening practice for a while.

5. Get Voice Training

A specialist known as a vocologist will be able to help you in altering the tonal pitch of your voice. With professional help, you will greatly increase your chance of achieving permanent voice change as their guidance will help you to ascertain the causes for your high-pitched voice and work with you to change them.

6. Practice Proper Posture

Bad posture can have numerous negative effects on one’s health and it can even affect the vocal cords and your voice. For this reason, always keep your chin up when you are talking and try to practice proper posture throughout the day.

7. Do Exercises

If you want to know how to make your voice deeper, it may be worth considering the practice of vocal exercises. Many specialized exercises can be practiced at home. An easy exercise is to stand up straight and read a book aloud. Read slowly (as speaking fast puts extra strain on the vocal cords and leads to a higher pitch) and focus on enunciation and pronunciation. You can also try repeating a word or phrase over-and-over, gradually lowering the tone in which you speak.

8. Look into Surgery

If you are really serious about lowering your voice and the other methods all fail, then you may wish to consider surgical options. There are numerous procedures that can do this, such as a thyroplasty in which tension is reduced in the vocal cords or the process of injecting some of your own fat from elsewhere in your body into your vocal folds, which lowers the pitch of your voice.

Want to learn more about how to make your voice deeper? Watch the video below.

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As one of the top vocal coaches in the world, I frequently hear: “What are your top vocal tips for singers?”, and “how to make my voice sound better” right away. Well, I could rattle off a long list, and yammer on for hours. (I’m a nerd’s nerd when it comes to vocals…) And I have a long list of favorite tricks up my sleeve from more than 20+ years of coaching singers… But I love a challenge – so I pretended that I had only 5 minutes to tell you my top techniques for how to make your voice sound better. So I wracked my brain to come up with the Top 5.

Before I dive into these tips, I want to share a special opportunity with you. Starting on June 23rd, 2022, I will be hosting my 3-month Vocal Freedom Circle. This is an incredible LIVE program that teaches you how to master your vocal technique once and for all. Best of all, it only requires 20 minutes of practice from you on a daily basis. This is your chance to achieve your best voice ever in just 3 months! Click here to learn more.

One of the things I am constantly teaching my private clients is that the voice is an instrument inside your body and you have to learn how to use it to get the most out of it. It’s very “physical” on the foundational level. To have a strong voice and to have vocal consistency there are certain things you have to know and do. There are some really simple methods you can use, right now, to get a great sound out of your instrument.

And most singers even professionals, unless they’ve trained, don’t know this stuff. Heck, most vocal coaches don’t know this stuff.

So I wanted to give them to you as if I was actually giving you a voice lesson, right here, right now. Stand in front of a mirror if you can, because I’m going to ask you to watch your jaw and your head position to control movement as you sing. Here they are:

My Top 5 Secrets to Make Your Voice Sound Better, Instantly

1. The “Instant Vocal Fix”

This is a quick trick that makes your voice sound better instantly. Say A-E-I-O-U (watch your jaw movement in the mirror). Did your jaw close on any of the vowels? Chances are your jaw closed on the E and the U – and most likely on others too, if not all of them. Take your first two fingers and pull your jaw down 2 inches (or even better – use a plastic bottle cap or a cork (wine) to prop your jaw open). And speak the vowels again. And repeat again (we’re trying to re-program muscle memory – so the more the better). Now sing the vowels on one pitch. A-E-I-O-U. Your goal is to keep your jaw open (long not wide) without closing for all of your vowels. Repeat until you can do it. Now sing a phrase of one of your songs – and make sure your jaw opens to the same position on all of your vowels. You have to practice this a bunch before it becomes natural – but the more you do, the sooner this new movement is programmed into your muscle memory. And, you might be one of those lucky ones who notice the improvement in the sound right away (it will sound louder and more resonant with less vocal strain). If you don’t – don’t sweat it – you will. It just takes a little practice. (You might have some unwanted tension in your neck, jaw and throat muscles – try loosening them up and try it again.) The next time you perform open your jaw more on your vowels — it’s a quick trick that makes you sound better instantly!

2. “Think down” for High Notes

The next time you sing an ascending vocal scale or you sing a high note, try thinking of the way an elevator works. A heavy weight is attached to a pulley and as the weight pulls down, the elevator actually goes up to the higher floors. So, the highest floor is reached when the weight is the heaviest. Similarly, you should think down for your high notes or think of adding weight (resistance) to your highest notes. Click here for more information on how to sing better high notes.

3. More Power without Strain

Who doesn’t want more power without strain? This is a simple technique to apply and a bit easier than the one above. All you have to do is to keep your chin pointed slightly down and your pectorals slightly flexed (well sometimes it’s a lot flexed) when you go for more power. Most singers reach forward or lift their chin up to sing with more power. While it may temporarily work, it causes vocal problems. Tipping your chin down not only works better and saves your voice – it actually SOUNDS better! Stand in front of the good ‘ol mirror. Sing an Ah scale up and down in one phrase (1-2-3-4-3-2-1). Press your chin slightly in (point your chin towards the floor) — usually only 1” or so. Don’t let your head bob up as you raise the pitch. Keep it firmly in place. Go all the way up the scale of your voice keeping this position. Notice how your chin wants to move up as you raise your pitch. Keep it planted. This will give you more power and control and eliminate strain. Practice it until it becomes natural. Click here for more info on how to belt without destroying your voice.

4. How to Get Natural Vibrato In Your Voice

Here’s a quick tip to get your vibrato working. Stand in front of a mirror; press on your chest with both hands, then, raise your chest higher than normal. Take a breath in and then exhale, but don’t drop your chest. Sing one note and hold it as long as possible with your chest raised. Press on your chest halfway through the note (press kind of hard and raise your chest to meet the pressure). Relax the back of your neck and keep your jaw open as you’re singing “ahhh.” Imagine the air spinning around in your mouth while keeping your chin tucked down a bit and your chest raised. Keep in mind, overuse of vibrato is not a good thing in contemporary singing (pop, rock, and R&B). At the same time, no vibrato is also not a good thing. So, try ending phrases with straight tone, then into a little bit of vibrato. The bottom line is to do what’s best for you.

5. HearFones®

A good vocal tone is not established by singing loudly, it’s established at medium volume. Good tone happens when vocal muscles are strong enough in their coordination to have a good closure but not touch. Releasing too much air creates a “breathy” tone and releasing too little air creates a “nasal” tone. Unless you’re really going for breathy or nasal as a stylistic choice, somewhere right in between the two is a perfect balance. HearFones® allow you to really hear yourself and work on your tone at medium volumes. You can find them on or Google “Hearfones.”

In summary, the best way to improve your voice is voice lessons with an experienced professional vocal coach who specializes in technique (not just coaching you on your songs.)

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In honor of Women’s history month I wanted to share some of the most powerful words that have empowered and moved me over the years.

Call me a nerd but I continuously turn to quotes for inspiration and encouragement in life. There’s something so powerful about the way words can make you feel less alone in whatever it is you are chasing after in life.

They also remind you that your voice matter.

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Something I know many women (myself included) struggle to believe and fully embrace.

Sadly, the fear of visibility, of fully putting yourself out there and using your voice, is what keeps most women from reaching the levels of success and impact they are worthy of in life.

I say this after spending the first 30 years of my own life limiting myself because of this fear.

I didn’t realize it for quite some time, because it was all I ever knew, but this fear had been holding me back in life ever since I was a young girl.

It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer that I began to see things differently….

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I still remember the day of the surgery.

Coming back to consciousness and seeing my family all around me, not smiling, but just quietly sitting there will still faces.

I didn’t know it at the time, but none of them had the heart to tell me that there were some complications during surgery. After everything I had been through the years prior, they couldn’t bear to give me more bad news, so they just gave me hugs and waited for the doctor to speak.

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That was when the doctor shared the news.

First came the good news. The surgery was a success and they got all the cancer. I wouldn’t need to proceed to chemo or radiation, we caught it early enough!

A sense of relief and gratitude immediately washed over me. But it didn’t last long.

After the good news, my doctor immediately continued on with the bad news.

“Unfortunately there were some complications.”

Everything got a little bit blurry then, but basically he told me there was damage to my vocal cords and they didn’t know if I would ever get my voice back.

I can’t fully explain the wave of emotions that swept over me.

I beat cancer, that was such a blessing and I was so unbelievably grateful. But I was also angry, sad, and completely terrified.

Here I was only 30 years old, recently single, fighting cancer for the third time, and I might never be able to speak again.

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I was crushed, but for the first time in my life, I also finally understood just how precious and powerful our voices are.

I prayed and promised God that if it returned, I would stop wasting it, and use it for some good.

I’m happy to share that after a couple of months of additional treatments and vocal exercises my voice did strengthen.

Now I express my gratitude every day and truly love nothing more than being able to use my voice as a way to inspire and empower others.

I know it can be hard to believe and scary to use, but your voice – IT MATTERS.

Here are some of my favorite quotes that help me strengthen my resolve in facing the fear of visibility, speaking up, and using my voice for positive change in the world.

I hope they help you too 🖤

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And of course… some of my favorites words of wisdom from the Miss Carrie Bradshaw because we can always use a little Sex and the City in our lives 😉

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Lastly one of my own because I want to show you that YOU CAN overcome this fear…

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In my next post I’ll share a little trick that will help you overcome this fear even more.

Laryngitis can cost a singer opportunity and money, or just turn a fun gig into a struggle. There are several causes for laryngitis. This article addresses the easiest one to prevent and fix: illness.

As a singer/songwriter touring through Europe used to be tough on the throat for me. I often spent six to ten weeks at a pop crammed inside a van, sometimes ten gigs in a row without a rest. Shows lasted hours, clubs were clouds of smoke, I generally could not hear myself through shoddy house system monitors. I was meeting hundreds of people, getting little sleep, and not enough exercise. It was difficult to avoid sickness, hoarseness and laryngitis.

I take much better care of myself now. As a vocal coach, I’m one of those “I never get sick” people. I cannot remember the last time I lost my voice due to illness until recently, a week before my scheduled taping on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” I carelessly kissed my sick child on the lips and got a fever of 102. There was absolutely no voice coming out the day before the show. My vocal cords were swollen. It was all air.

Students often ask me about laryngitis treatment. Prevention is the best medicine, and when possible, rest is the best solution, but I also have a 24 hour cure for the times a singer feels she must sing.

Prevention: Drink water, take your vitamins (I use Gan Mao Ling if I feel something coming on, recommended by my acupuncturist, Dr. Andrea Natta), get rest, wash your hands often, avoid too much alcohol or caffeine. For hoarseness in the mornings, try sleeping with your head slightly propped up, avoiding spicy or acidic foods several hours before going to bed, in case minor acid reflux is the culprit. For arid climates or dry air due to heating, use a hot steam vaporizer on a low setting – too much steam can cause mold, and many people are allergic to mold. Avoid stress and emotional upset before shows or recording. On airplanes, bring a hoody sweatshirt and wear it backwards with the hood over your face or wrap a scarf around your mouth to protect your voice from dry air. Also, try a sleep collar – I like it better than pillows, because it keeps my throat warm and I get better rest.

Below is the regimen I used to ged rid of my laryngitis caused by phlegm and swollen cords, because I got cocky about preventing illness. I regained my voice 80% – enough for the show taping. I recommend only doing this, if you have to and think hard about if you have to or not. I felt missing the taping of this show would be too big an opportunity to lose. If you can cancel the show and rest – REST. You should not follow the regimen without talking to your doctor. Fortunately, my voice student Dr. Sam Adams is also an internist in San Francisco, and he reviewed the regimen with me. I want to emphasize that this is my 24 hour cure for laryngitis that is caused by sickness only. I will cover other causes of laryngitis including strain, overuse and polyps in future articles. Also, remember not to push your voice when you regain it. Take it easy. Come back slowly and reschedule anything you can reschedule.

My 24 Hour Cure For Laryngitis Due To Illness By Ruth Gerson

(do not try without your doctor’s approval)

2 ibuprofen* (total of 400mg) every six hours. Check with your doctor first. Ibuprofen brings down swelling and masks pain. Remember not to push or strain your voice, if you are using ibuprofen in your treatment.

1 aspirin* every four hrs., aspirin chewed and swallowed slowly without water, allowed to sit on the throat. After 15-20 minutes, sips of temperate water.

Note from Dr. Sam Adams:

“Ibuprofen can be used for short periods of time. But, singers should check with a doctor before starting, especially if they have other medical conditions. Using aspirin in combination with ibuprofen is acceptable, but gives a higher risk of an ulcer or other gastrointestinal irritation. Again, singers should check with their doctors before using these medications.”

At least 12oz of water every hour.

Lots of steam (loosens phlegm which stops the cords from vibrating). Pour boiling water in a bowl and put a towel over your head and the bowl creating a small tent. Breathe in steam through nose and mouth alternatively for ten minutes. Repeat every hour.

Mucus thinner cough suppressant every 4 hrs.

NO PSEUDOEPHEDRINE! Pseudoephedrine dries the mucus to your cords. The goal is to get the mucus off the cords.

Lots of sleep with the head raised, so the cords swell less while resting.

No talking. No whispering (worse than talking).

Moderate exercise to increase circulation. If you’re up to it, take a brisk walk. Increased blood flow reduces swelling in the body.

A positive and calm attitude. Once you’re sick, any added stress can further compromise your immune system and make you sicker. Don’t talk at all, and especially do not discuss anything that might be upsetting.

A few SIPS of cognac an hour before singing. (Again, this masks pain. Don’t sing hard. Take it easy and just a few sips. Too much alcohol is not good for the voice.)

If you’ve lost your voice, take it easy when you begin to regain it. Don’t push your voice – this can cause damage that can take a long time to heal. The body is not a machine. If you are in doubt, let go of the vaudevillian “show must go on” axiom and reschedule if possible. Be judicious when choosing to sing if you are ill. Better safe, than injured.

How to get your voice back

“Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.”

I’ve been mostly introverted for a majority of my life, often running away from issues that could cause a damaging conversation between me and another person.

Experience has taught me that when I get upset, I don’t naturally handle my hardship with grace.

I worked as a restaurant manager for some years, and it was just too easy to react to the frustration I felt when an employee disregarded my request that they stock the bathroom with paper towels or wash the front windows.

I would either explode or I would remain silent. I couldn’t figure out how to simply approach the person and work through the issue. And, of course, as the restaurant is an incredibly fast-paced environment, there was no time to process these dysfunctional circumstances.

But as life naturally works out, I found myself unemployed for a small stint, whereupon I had the chance to muse over the past and discover the reasons why my voice wasn’t being heard and understood.

And we all want to be understood. Maybe you relate to my experience in that, at times, no matter how hard you try, it seems that no one gets it. Then we make efforts to force people to appreciate us, defending our case over and over, which can simply create negativity and make the situation more incomprehensible.

If you find this happening, pause for a moment. Consider the idea that, in many cases, we are more likely to be understood by others if we are understanding of them.

This does take a bite out of the ego, and yeah—that hurts.

But it doesn’t mean dropping your position. It will actually strengthen your case to learn and respect the opinions of others—even when they are disrespectful of yours. More often than not, you will find that they eventually return the favor.

You can sit quietly on the couch in your own home and ponder another person’s viewpoint.

This is the foundation to effectively debating your opinions. I follow this concept and frequently find that my voice is heard and accepted amongst people who have differing opinions than my own.

Here are some tips that can help you get that long-awaited point across:

1. Understand that your anger is a normal, natural reaction.

It’s okay to feel angry about a wrongdoing. However, at a certain point, anger becomes a choice. It is at this time when you can make efforts to understand the other person’s position.

I catch myself getting angry at just about every inconvenience, but through some practice I am able to move past the feeling without becoming its victim.

2. Do not express your view until you feel calm and comfortable.

Many times we have a tiny intuitive voice in our mind that tells us to be patient, but because it is tiny, we ignore it. When we do so, we may say something that will be counterproductive to our goal.

3. Set the goal of helping others.

If you want to express your opinion about an important issue, but you do not have the benefit of others in mind, you may inadvertently come across as selfish or boorish.

4. Relate to the opinions of others.

Consider the phrase, “I see where you’re coming from.” Pause on that phrase until you actually do understand their side.

Many people will say, “I see where you’re coming from—but…” This won’t show them that you really get it. Think of a time you have been in their position either on a larger or smaller scale. Often, if you relay this story to them, it assures them you really do get it.

5. Don’t fight.

The moment you are in an argument and you begin to raise your voice, get upset, flail your arms, speak ill of others, you become irrational. People are rarely going to hear you in this state of mind.

6. Try not to take things personally.

“Right and wrong” are harsh words to describe concepts that either “work or may not work.” Consider this when you begin to take the argument personally.

7. Do not tell a person they are wrong.

Perhaps you don’t agree with their position, but insulting them, cutting them off, will only cause them to get defensive, and perhaps do the same to you.

8. If you’re unable to communicate effectively, take responsibility for that.

If you do not successfully get your point across, do not solely blame the other person. Conversation is never less than a two-way street.

Your mind will tell you the places where you made a mistake. Simply reflect on these and decide what will be better to do the next time.

9. Learn when to walk away.

If you feel that you are at that messy point where you can’t get the other person to listen, just let it go. You can revisit the issue later, but forcing it now will only make things worse.

It’s also true that space and time after a confusing conversation will help others to reflect on the important points that you discussed, which will help them to identify with your position.

What helps you speak your mind calmly and effectively?