Warm ups for performers and public speaking

A series of exercises to warm up your body and voice for performance, whether on screen or in front of an audience.
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 34 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Hi there. I’m Marinda Botha

Thank you for considering taking this course.

If you regularly need to speak or teach in front of others, or you need to record videos where you yourself are on-camera, then this course is for you.

These series of exercises are geared towards warming up your body for performance, be it a public speaking event you need to do, a voice over gig, or performance on screen or stage.

I’m a trained actor and voice over artist. I’ve been in the industry for 16 years, having worked and trained in Europe and South Africa.

I am trained in stage and screen performance, voice overs, physical theatre, clowning and overall physical awareness of body alignment.

I am primarily a voice over artist and trainer, with clients from across the globe. I have a deep love for movement, understanding your body as a performer, looking after your health and utilizing this tool of yours, to the best of your ability.

We will look at Body alignment, Breath control, Articulation, Warming up the resonators and many more!

What are the requirements?

  • 10 -15 minutes of free time per day, to watch the lessons and then copy them.
  • No prior physical ability is required. These exercises work well for all ages and body types. They are extremely safe (and effective!).
  • A willingness to learn and improve. You only have one body. You need to take care of it.
  • A room where you can practice. Perhaps a mirror to watch yourself in as you do the exercises (though not essential).
  • Soft soled shoes, or as I prefer, go barefoot!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 17 video lectures demonstrating step-by-step the physical and vocal exercises discussed
  • 35 min of “talking-head” video content
  • Tutoring from an artist who have made these exercises part of her life for 16 years!
  • A healthy body, mind and voice, ready to take on any performance!
  • Resources at the end of the course to many more warm up ideas

Who is the target audience?

  • Students interested in public speaking or those wishing to improve their overall articulation or inability to speak clearly in front of others, are welcome to take this course.
  • This 17 part course can be taken by complete beginners to advanced students.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Why warming up your body and voice is essential for performance.
Section 2: Becoming aware of your feet
Warm up your feet.
Section 3: The spine
The Spine
Section 4: The Flop
The flop
Section 5: The Hug
The Hug
Section 6: Breath Control
Breath Control
Section 7: The Shake-Out
The Shake-Out
Section 8: A general Warm-Up
General Warm-Up Exercise sequence
Section 9: The Hum
The Hum
Section 10: Turning the Hum into Sound.
Turning the Hum into Sound
Section 11: Warming up the diaphragm
The Diaphragm
Section 12: Breath support
Counting on one breath
Section 13: The face stretch
The Face Stretch
Section 14: The Tongue stretch
The Tongue stretch
Section 15: The Yawn - Sigh
The Yawn-sigh
Section 16: The Cork Exercise
The Cork Exercise
Section 17: The Tonal Sweep
The Tonal Sweep
Section 18: Tongue Twisters!
Tongue Twisters
Section 19: Final thoughts
Final thoughts

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Instructor Biography

Marinda Botha, Voice Actor and Trainer

I am a bilingual native speaker of Afrikaans and have a very neutral English accent. I am also experienced in the British voice over industry, as I spent 8 years living and working in London before moving back to South Africa. I am now based in Centurion, Gauteng, working from my home recording studio.

My voice has been described as warm, earthy, sensual, clear and authoritative. It lends itself well to corporate scripts like IVR, medical narration, e-learning, telephony and videos for web.

I hold a Performing Arts Degree and love stretching my acting muscles in the booth. I also trained at The Actor’s centre and did an Advanced Acting for Radio course in London. I have also been teaching at a tertiary education institute in South Africa for 6 years.

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