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Chapter 28. Smashing the Sound Barrier > Loud, Louder, Loudest: Volume - Pg. 237

Smashing the Sound Barrier 237 Class Act If you're worried about speaking too softly, try putting the tape recorder across the room when you practice your speech. This will force you to speak louder. As you inhale, your diaphragm lowers, creating a larger chest cavity and a partial vacuum. Air rushes in. When you exhale, the center of the diaphragm rises, forcing air through the trachea (the wind- pipe). Read on to find out why this is important for public speakers to know. Coming Up for Air One of the most upsetting manifestations of stage fright is an extraordinary feeling of suffocation. Suddenly, you feel like you just can't get a breath. That's because you really can't . To make things worse, you need an extra large supply of air to produce a speech, especially when you address a large group. This mean that you have to concentrate on your breathing process to pump up the air pressure in your lungs. However, just being aware of how quickly and completely the diaphragm can fill your lungs with air can help you produce a forceful, impressive voice at a moment's notice. Speech of the Devil