How to Speak Clearly in a Mask

Episode 13

How to speak clearly in a face mask

In today’s episode of The Little Shot™ you’re going to learn some strategies to speak clearly with your face mask on so that you can communicate more effectively with maximal clarity and minimal voice fatigue.

When you head out the door with your keys, handbag and facemask, don’t forget to pack in these easy strategies to help your communication.

In 8 minutes you’ll learn 9 Core strategies to protect your voice and deliver a clear message while wearing a protective face mask.


There are a few tips that will surprise you, so be sure to watch this episode.

The Little Shot is here to build your communication in lots of little shots until you become a Big Shot communicator (in the nicest possible way). Ready for some expressive fuel?


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How to Speak Clearly in a Mask

Episode 13

This episode was first published in August 2020. For more content like this make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel.

I hope these tips to help you speak clearly in a mask are practical and keep you vocally fresh.

speak clearer in a mask


Use your voice properly and improve your voice if you can! It will definitely pay off for you in more ways than one.

Finally, if you’re experiencing changes in your voice make sure you seek out a qualified speech and language pathologist with expertise in voice.

Thanks so much for listening.

Keep that voice of yours fresh and stay positive!

See you next time!


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Mehta, U. M., Venkatasubramanian, G., & Chandra, P. S. (2020). The “mind” behind the “mask”: Assessing mental states and creating therapeutic alliance amidst COVID-19. Schizophrenia research, 10.1016/j.schres.2020.05.033. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2020.05.033


Schlögl, M., & A Jones, C. (2020). Maintaining Our Humanity Through the Mask: Mindful Communication During COVID-19. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society68(5), E12–E13. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16488


Vallee, M. (2020). This Is My Voice in a Mask. Space and Culture, 23(3), 265–268. https://doi.org/10.1177/1206331220938638




Wittum, K.J., Feth, L.L., & Hoglund, E.M. (2013). The effects of surgical masks on speech perception in noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133, 060125-060125. https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/The-effects-of-surgical-masks-on-speech-perception-Wittum-Feth/29598804beaf34dad082eb95ed66029198ffa964