First impressions are important. How we present ourselves to others forms the basis of their opinion of us. If your first appearance on stage is accompanied by a weakly delivered line, your audience's opinion of you will plummet. It's important to remember to warm up your voice before each performance so this doesn't happen.
Find your abdomenTo really project on stage, you have to speak from your diaphragm. Your diaphragm is located in the area just under your ribs on the front of your body. Place your hands on this area and take a deep breath. You should feel your hands move as you breathe in.
Release your jaw
Your jaw does a lot of work when you speak. Make sure you're as relaxed as possible before beginning a performance! Push gently on your cheeks with the heel of your hands just below the jawline. Draw your hands down to your chin, then start back at the top massaging your jaw muscles. Allow your mouth to gently open while doing this exercise.
Using a straw while practicing your range
Practicing your vocal range will warm up your voice so you're ready to deliver any line. Place a straw between your lips and make a low 'oo' sound. Slowly raise the pitch of the sound. Begin as low as you can and go as high as you can. This exercise is supposed to reduce any swelling around your vocal chords.
Trill your lips
Trilling your lips will relax your mouth. With your lips gently closed, blow air through them while making the 'uh' sound. Allow your lips to vibrate together as the air is released.
Humming is a great way to warm up your voice or cool it down after a performance. Close your lips and relax your jaw. Inhale through your nose and let your breath out in a hum. Start with a nasal sound, then move the sound down through the lower part of your register. This exercise vibrates your lips, teeth, and facial bones.
Stretch your tongue
Press your tongue against your palate, then stick it out of your mouth. Press it against one cheek, then the other. Place the tip of your tongue behind your bottom lip and fold the rest of your tongue out of your mouth, then fold your tongue backward with the tip on your palate. Repeat 10 times. This helps articulation.
Begin slowly and increase the speed of tongue twisters. Focus on those you have problems saying. Tongue twisters help your enunciation on stage.
By doing these exercises before you perform, your voice will be ready to capture your audience from your very first word of dialogue.