Tips for Protecting
by: Linda Befeld and
Plenty of Sleep, regular, moderate exercise, nutritious food and vitamins
are what a number of tellers do to keep the whole "instrument" in good
working condition. Alice Evergreen believes posture to be important to good
storytelling. Linda says "Smoking - deadly. Don't do it and if you are
around smokers, drink more water and stick your head out the door until it's
time for you to go on."
Schools are a hotbed of germs. Susan Fulbright suggests avoid touching hands
and washing your hands before eating. Washing your hands frequently and
avoiding hand to your face contact reduce chance of infection. Most germs
are passed by hand to face contact.
There can never be enough said about H2O. Susan Fulbright believes in
hydrating with vitamin C. Linda thinks temperature doesn't matter, but hot
water with lemon is good for fighting congestion. Other tellers say when
flying or driving long distances, drink water to keep hydrated in the dry
air that is piped in. A good way to stay properly hydrated during dry
winters or scorching summers is to drink water after every urination.
Some Tellers use zinc lozenges, but Linda warns some create a goo in your
throat and can turn your tongue unattractive colors your audience can see.
Amanda Shelly know of slippery bark products that lubricate without leaving
mucus or color.
Leisure learning offers vocal coaching, but some warm up can be done with
humming, as practiced by Brian Herod, or singing. Linda uses singing not
only to warm up her voice, but to get her in the mood for telling. Her favorites
are "Friends in Los Places" and songs by Bette Midler. Pick songs with
varied range and sing softly to avoid vocal strain before you perform. Alice
Evergreen uses yawning to loosen the jaw and stretch the mouth and neck. She
also takes a deep breath and exhales before starting her set. "It
bad air and when you inhale again to start, you have fresh air", she says.
Jeannine Beekman, Long time HSG member and well known storyteller, teaches a
workshop on voice care and Linda Befeld says you should participate if you
get the change.
Thanks to Linda
and the others who contributed to this article.