Protect the Asset – Voice Positive Podcast Episode 3

Posted on: September 20, 2020
Gemma Sugrue Protect The Asset

Protect the Asset – and by the asset, I mean the person and the voice. So you’re an athlete if you are a professional voice user and your body is your instrument, and your mind as well.

I’ve got some tips for all voice users. And that includes singers, actors, teachers, speakers, and anyone who wants to protect their voice. So, let’s get straight to it.


  • No matter how gifted you are or how good your technique is. You just don’t get infinite credits of voice usage every day.


  • If you want a voice that has power for minimal effort, you want to turn up the Janice of FRIENDS.

So this is boosting this offer passions, frequencies in your sound. Which acoustically excite the ear of your listener and not only make you more audible but actually also more intelligible.


  • Prime our prep or warm up with SOVT, which are semi occluded vocal tract exercises. And this also serves as vocal tech reminders for you.

So you should grow a daily vocal priming tiny habit. What the hell do I mean by that sentence?

If you haven’t read the book, tiny habits, I’m actually on the certification course. It’s a behavior design method created by a doctor named BJ Fogg.


  • I would recommend is that you do a SOVT exercise for vocal tract exercise, that it will be awesome. If you had a straw, go to singing straw store and check them out not endorsed.

They’re just a wonderful product and they are scientifically approved and backed up and that will be awesome to have that as a tool.

Or you could use a lip bubble-like or a tongue raspberry so their tongue is out behind your bottom lip.


  • You could also do the blowfish, which is like blowing up about birthday candles and then going with sound Danish but like puffy cheeks? And like, um, all right, whoa, oh, all of those are semi tunable protective scissors.

So if you do a few of them, that’s going to give the vocal mechanism. Everything needs from balancing airflow to encouraging optimal vibratory patterns and setting up acoustically efficient vocal tract shape. So that’s a superclass!


  • For protective boundaries on vocally loaded days of all clean ordered days is the day. We had described that day of the singer who was teaching in the morning, and then she did rehearse it.

And then she went for dinner. And then she went to do a gig and then her voice got tired. That’s a vocally loaded day, there was a vocal overload a day.

On the vocally loaded days, when you have something important going on, like a gig, presentation day, long day of meetings. You need to get ready to assert some boundaries.


  • Find your center of the pitch. Make sure it’s not too low because otherwise. you’ll end up slipping into vocal fry too much. Remember to protect your asset.

And just make sure it feels comfortable and feels like and you have and you can go from low to high as you speak. Try and have about an octave of speech to work with at least.


  • Trade volume for melody and dynamics when speaking. Add in a few gestures to underline what you’re saying when we can’t be heard or understood or first go to his turn the volume up.

There are other ways of being heard because turning the volume up is tiring and it’s tiring your voice. So there are other ways of being heard. And you should make sure you’re utilizing them and it’s all about variation.

Keep surprised seeing the brain and the listener by changing the dynamics, or pitch, or pacing.


  • Let your emotions do the talking. And the thing is, great communicators, move from one emotion to the next, they take you on an emotional roller coaster, and the emotions.


  • Mind your form, I think everybody should have a vocal coach. I would say that because I have seen it in school, I really believe in it.

And I think that no matter how professional you are, you need somebody to spot you, you need some perspective. You need other ears in the room or on the zoom with you.


  • Being able to understand and relate to it. Be inspired by you or be motivated by you or be moved by you. You need to change their state of their emotional state.

So you need to really have a good grasp of your own psychology. Overcome some of your own and have done some inner work like that inward work.

And before you really are able to tap into some of those superpowers as a communicator you should know how to protect your asset.



  • Gemma shares how doing podcasts helps her fight procrastination.  (0:23)
  • Gemma describes what she meant by ” Protect the Asset “.  (1:41)
  • Gemma shares what is like if you overused your voice.  (02:46)
  • Gemma shares how Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg helped her to create constant habits.  (07:23)
  • How to find your pitch center?  (15:00)
  • Tips on keeping your singing voice healthy.  (17:31)
  • How stress can bring vocal injuries.  (25:44)