How does breathing affect speech?

Humans need to breathe almost constantly, in order to provide all the body’s cells with the oxygen they need to keep working. We don’t need to remember top breathe – the brain makes sure we do it automatically, even when we’re asleep. But we can also take control of our breathing, so that we can perform actions such as talking, singing, playing a wind instrument, or just blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. The breath is used for other actions too, such as sneezing and coughing.

There is a difference between breathing for life and breathing for speech. Breathing properly is an important skill for producing a stronger voice with better projection. Without proper breathing, it may be difficult to fully achieve your speech and voice goals.

Many individuals breathe in a way that prevents them from producing a voice that is strong and rich in tone. Speaking with a fuller breath will allow you to feel confident and physically more comfortable, give your message more energy and speak with vibrant vocal tone quality.


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