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You will feel like a clown and if you talk like you're supposed to sing, you will most definitely look like a clown. But it's just the hard facts. Practice saying the lyrics of your song while over enunciating. This will begin to get your facial muscles accustomed to working bigger. Rinse and repeat.
Win your audience!
A singer can have the best voice at the Grammys but if he/she doesn't engage his/her audience, no one will care. You have to tell them a story, make them see and feel what you're singing about. Practice watching yourself sing in the mirror or video yourself singing. Examine and practice certain facial expressions. You might need to get rid of some too ;)
Use your butt, not your throat.
When reaching for that golden note, the common move is to s t r e t c h the neck. This does nothing but damage the vocal chords because of the unnecessary strain. S t r e t c h i n g the vocal chords does nothing because the power comes from the core of your body: Abs, Gluteus and Buttocks. So next time you need to get high, trying squeezing those three target areas and see what happens!
Adequately hydrate your body.
Your voice is most effectively hydrated when you drink water at times other than right before you sing. The average person's necessary water intake is 64 oz a day. One thing that helps me drink that much water everyday is a cup or water bottle with a marker for a certain amount of ounces. It's a simple way to help me keep track.
Invest in an exercise program.
There are so many options but my favorite is Singing Success by Brett Manning. I have personally gone through the program and saw an improvement in my voice. Most importantly, the program trained me to exercise my voice on a routinely basis. *If you're not ready to make the financial commitment required for Singing Success, you can take my introductory to singing course for less than half the price. More information here.