A wise carpenter takes care of his tools. A gifted surgeon cares for her instruments. A pilot makes sure the aircraft has been well maintained.

As a preacher, your most important physical tool is your voice, and it is important to protect it. Speaker/Voice Coach Joni Wilson shares some tips that will help you care for your communication tool, your voice.

  • Never whisper if you are losing your voice. You risk damaging your vocal cords.
  • Excessive heat and air-conditioning will be dehydrating to your vocal cords.
  • Use of decongestants when you have a cold will dry up mucous. This will make your voice sound rough and scratchy.
  • Don’t clear your throat – instead, sip water to relax your larynx.
  • Have a cough? Don’t use cough drops with menthol. The cooling factor in menthol will freeze your cords. (Monday Morning Mindfulness)



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About The Author

Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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