How To Warm Up Before a Presentation
Calm Your Nerves
Diaphragmatic breathing is deep breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm.
As air enters the lungs, the chest does not rise but you will feel your belly expand significantly.
In nature, mammals breathe through their diaphragm when they are in a state of relaxation and there is no present danger.
Start your warm up with this exercise
Take a deep breath in for 3 seconds, then breathe out for 5 seconds (x3)
Take a deep breath in for 5 seconds, then breathe out for 7 seconds (x3)
Take a deep breath in for 7 seconds, then breathe out for 10 seconds (x3)
Be present in the room by focusing on things that you can see, touch, hear, smell and taste.
Find 5 things that you can see.
Find 4 things that you can touch.
Find 3 things that you can hear.
Find 2 things that you can smell.
Find 1 thing that you can taste
Warm Up Your Body
Slowly tense and release each muscle in the body, from left to right starting with the left foot, then the calf, the thigh, the buttocks, the abs, the shoulders, wrists, biceps and then slowly rotate your neck. Repeat on the right side of the body.
Shake off your nervous energy and let your body settle into a relaxed posture.
Warm Up Your Vocal Cords
Yawnnnnn three times.
Sighhhh three times.
Go through the days of the week from a low to high pitch (x3)
Monday — Lowest pitch
Sunday — Highest pitch
Hum happy birthday out loud to prepare your voice to have resonance and depth (x3)
Vary your pitch.
Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear me. Happy birthday to you.
Clean your teeth with your tongue. 10 times clockwise, 10 times anti-clock wise.
Massage your jaw muscles.
Repeat the following sounds (not letters)
p-t-k, p-t-k, p-t-k (x3)
k-p-t, k-p-t, k-p-t (x3)
b-d-g, b-d-g, b-d-g (x3)
g-d-b, g-d-b, g-d-b (x3)
Finish your warm up with a tongue twister.
What a to-do to die today at a minute or two to two,
a thing distinctly hard to say but harder still to do.
For they’ll beat a tattoo at a quarter to two:a rat-ta tat-tat ta tat-tat ta to-to.
And the dragon will come when he hears the drum
At a minute or two to two today, at a minute or two to two.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
During the presentation, take deep breaths between sentences, exhaling as you speak.
This will steady your voice and make you sound clear and confident, even if you don’t feel confident.
When you realise that you sound confident, you will start to feel more comfortable.