Breathing Exercises

Place your hand on your abdomen and take deep, slow breaths. Breathe from your abdomen, not your chest. Focus on pushing your stomach in and out rather then heaving your chest up and down as you breathe.

Lie flat on your back and take deep, slow breaths. This will help you get a proper sense of deep breathing. Your stomach should rise slightly upon inhaling and fall upon exhaling.

Begin with slow, deep breaths from your abdomen. Then, as you exhale, make a low humming sound and hold it as long as possible. Pull in your stomach muscles. Then relax.

Vocal Cord Exercises
Your vocal cords are made of muscles, and like other muscles in your body, they tend to get tight if you haven’t used them in awhile. There are a couple vocal exercises that are sure to turn your voice from crackly to smooth:

Make a variety of single letter sounds, such as “zzz,” “mmm,” aaa,” “ooo,” “uuu,” nnn,” and “sss.” Use different pitches as you speak, and hold each sound for a few seconds. Be deliberate about each sound.

Practice clearly saying hard consonants, such as “b-b-b,” “t-t-t,” and “k-k-k.” Again, be deliberate with each sound and repeat each three to five times.

Enunciation Exercises
Before recording audio, make sure you know how to pronounce all of the words in the script. Then, make sure you speak each word clearly and precisely. Although it is not necessary to overemphasize consonants, make sure your listeners can hear the difference between like-sounding letters (like d and t) and that you separate words and phrases with pauses of appropriate length. This will ensure that each word comes across clearly. Although they may seem silly, there are a few exercises that can help you improve your enunciation.

Choose a couple nursery rhymes or tongue twisters, such as “Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,” or “Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.” Say each one slowly and deliberately, over-enunciating each word. Then repeat each one using your “on-air voice.”