Tongue twisters are an excellent and indeed necessary way to warm up your vocal tract before you address an audience. They get the tongue working, the jaw, the lips and speed up that brain to voice box connection.

“Baby Bob’s big blue blocks belong in a big blue box” ©

 

Above is a self penned tongue twister for you to try to warm up before your day of using your voice.

I wrote this one a few years ago whilst playing with some blue duplo blocks ( with my child, of course, not by myself!).

 

I was getting my tongue in a twist and also needing to over articulate the b of blue and the b of blocks to help her to learn the sounds and understand what blue is and what a block is.

So, I thought, this might make a good tongue twister for clients before they need to give a long public speech or teach a class.

At a similar time, I ran a voice care workshop for a wildlife park that offered talks to large groups of school children and needed to use their voices to reach out for these. We began our session with some tongue twisters and they told me that simply introducing their talk was a tongue twister in itself. Try saying “Welcome to Marwell Wildlife” before you have warmed your voice up! They were right, it is not easy!

Hence tongue twisters are an excellent and indeed necessary way to warm up your vocal tract before you address an audience. They get the tongue working, the jaw, the lips and speed up that brain to voice box connection.

Over articulate all the syllables, saying them slowly at first and then gradually get faster until you make no sense. 

Let me know how you get on in the comments below.  Such fun!