Breathing Right Mastering your breath allows you to speak smoothly. There aren't any gaps or awkward pauses that distract the listener. Practice deep breathing so that you don't run out of air when you need it most. Don't forget to breathe when you come to any punctuation. . . . . Exercise Your Instrument Your tongue, jaw, and throat all have an impact on your voice. You need to exercise them in order to maintain your instrument. When you warm up, yawn to loosen up your throat. Practice saying "ahh" while dropping your jaw to improve mobility. Give your tongue a workout to make it strong. Open your mouth and practice pointing your tongue behind the top and bottom rows of teeth and the roof of your mouth.