Reducing tension in neck and shoulders
Tension can easily build up in the neck and shoulders. A technique to help you is to exercise before you make a presentation.
Concentrating on a minute or two of physical exercise will not only get rid of discomfort but can also energize you and help put you in a better frame of mind to give your best. Find a quiet place where you can be alone for a minute or two. Sit up straight and slowly move your head to your left, back to the center, over to the right and back to the center. Then move your head up and back and then slowly down to your chest. Repeat these several times, keeping all movements steady and slow, and the routine will help to release tension in your neck and shoulders.
Take several deep breaths to get the oxygen circulating around your body.
The technique of alternate nostril breathing can help to balance the nervous system. Clear your nostrils by breathing in and out quickly several times in a row. Next, place your hand so you can use the thumb to close one nostril and your ring finger to close the other. Begin by inhaling through both nostrils. Then breathe out through one nostril while blocking the other, and switch and breathe in through the other nostril. After three complete breaths, exhale without switching sides, and do three more breaths.
After this you will be in a better frame of mind to give your best and enjoy your presentation.
Vocal exercises help to open up your vocal chords to allow you to project your voice and extend the range of pitch as well as alleviating tension. One such exercise is to screech with a high-pitched ‘eeeeeeek’.
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