Why do I like yawning? It’s not just me. Yawning has been used for centuries as a technique to relax the throat and improve the voice. Go ahead. Try it. Yawn like you do when you’re so tired you can’t keep your eyes open. Can you feel that your neck and throat seem less tense? A good yawn relaxes the larynx (voice box) and throat and also promotes deep breathing. In addition, it forces you to open your mouth widely. All of these things will make you sound better when you begin your broadcast.
I’ll give you one example of the benefit. Do you ever hear those pesky audible intakes of air during your broadcast? They result from not opening your mouth and/or constricting your throat. (To learn more about audible intakes of air, watch my video.) Yawning before and during breaks in your broadcast might just eliminate them. The breath stream should come up through an open, relaxed throat such as you get when you yawn.
So, go ahead and yawn all you like! You’ll like what it does for your voice.
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