Last Saturday night, I was Master of Ceremonies for my town’s Centennial Celebration.  Part of my role was to introduce two bands.  It’s interesting what happens “backstage”…

The lead singer, wearing a New York Nets Julius Erving throwback jersey arrived a little late and the band had chosen the order of songs.  Dr. J went off when he found out what he had to sing first.

“No way…(expletives deleted) are we starting with that.  My voice ain’t warmed up yet.  We have to start with something else.  Uh uh. My voice isn’t ready!”  They started with a different set of songs.

Granted, Dr. J was to blame for being late but not for being smart.  He knew he had to protect his voice and give the audience the best show possible.  What about you?

Regardless of what kind of speaking presentation you are giving – to a large group or just a sales call – make sure your voice is warmed up.  You will accomplish two things…

1 – Protect your voice from being strained;

2 – Give your “audience” the best possible show

Take a cue from my friend Dr. J…make sure you warm up before speaking.

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