Public Speaking – How to Calm a Nervous Voice?


Though public speaking is one of the most common greatest fears of men and women, it is possible to calm a nervous voice that plagues you during a speech or business presentation.

A nervous voice is a common problem for even experienced speakers as they too are always a bit nervous just before speaking to a group.

However, by taking a few proven tips into practice you can learn a way to calm your voice which will, in turn, quiet your nerves.

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The easiest way to calm a nervous voice and control the quivering is to try to take control of your nervousness and practice speaking from your chest.

You may ask, “How do I take control of my nervousness? I’m terrified!” The main thing to realize is that your fear is fed by the lack of confidence you experience when you hear your own voice quivering over the microphone.

Learning to include the chest cavity as a resonator will aid tremendously and help to calm a nervous voice and give you a boost of confidence that will help you to relax and form your thoughts clearly and deliver that inspiring speech that you’ve practiced.

There are five main resonators that must be utilized in order to speak with a voice that does not sound wobbly, wimpy, or harsh. Those resonators are your voice box, throat, mouth, nose, and chest cavity.

The chest cavity changes the quality of your voice by providing the sound waves a space to vibrate and to be amplified. It is usually the resonator that is left out by inexperienced speakers because it is not natural for most people. You have to make a conscious effort to speak from your chest and breathe using your full diaphragm motion.

This is not required in everyday conversation and you usually only take this action to yell. If you are speaking in a manner that uses your chest as a resonator, you will notice that your chest is doing more of the work and your throat and voice box becomes more and more relaxed.

To practice this technique, simply imagine that you are going to imitate James Earl Jones’ voice as his Darth Vader character or imagine that you are going sing opera.

Take a deep breath from your diaphragm and give your best impersonation! You will notice that your stomach sticks out more when you breathe, your chest raises less, and your voice has a deeper and warmer tone that is more natural.

It may take a few tries to perfect this technique within a speech, but practice is key. Before long, being nervous will not affect your voice and you will easily calm a nervous voice and let your chest do the talking!