30 Vocal Tips in 30 Days
No. 23 DON’T WHISPER
You’ve probably had infected or inflamed vocal folds from laryngitis, allergies, overuse, etc. at one time or another. When you did, you probably whispered rather than using your raspy-sounding voice. While you may be one of those people for whom whispering is just fine (Laryngeal Hyperfunction During Whispering: Reality or Myth?) it’s more likely that you’re causing more stress and trauma to your voice by whispering than you would by speaking with a low volume. Ideally, of course, you would allow yourself complete vocal rest, but usually that isn’t possible.
TAKEAWAY: Though it seems counter-intuitive, speaking at a low volume is actually easier on inflamed or infected vocal folds than whispering.