I don’t have this problem when I’m acting, and I’m really frustrated by this.
In the past few years, I’ve started having to do more employee training, hiring interviews, ect. As part of that, I have to do a lot of talking. I’ve noticed, whenever I have to do that lot of talking to a new hire or when presenting things to new/unfamiliar employees, I get… gaspy. My throat constricts, my neck and jaw feel all tense, and my voice gets all reedy and breathy.
Notably, this doesn’t happen when I’m pontificating with my friends (I do that a lot) or yakking my head off to my husband (also a lot) or even when I’m performing or singing on stage (not so often, but more intense use of voice), or even when I’m talking to my existing co-workers and not even when I’m giving *them *the same sort of feedback/lectures that I’m giving the new people.
So, we have a new employee, and it’s happening again. What gives, and how can I make it stop? This is really starting to bug me - I sound like my voice is giving out! All I can think is that the fact that they’re new is freaking me out, but it’s specificially giving me problems when I’m presenting just basic information - not even opinions or telling them what to do!