Voice and Speech Finding more than just your voice

March 30, 2020

Voice Training: Can I Really Change My Voice?

Many people admit to disliking the sound of their own voice. The issue is made more frustrating by the common assumption that there’s nothing you can do to change it, that you’re born with that voice and therefore stuck with it. While there certainly are certain aspects of your voice that are inherited and part of your physiology, there is a substantial part of your voice that’s learned and reinforced by habit. Those behaviours can be changed with practice and the development of good technique. Everyone can have a good speaking voice.

Voice Training: 3 Focusing Questions

Voice training takes a lot of practice, and it’s very easy to just go through the motions. But successful skill-building requires more than just repetition. It demands focus. Here are three focusing questions to consider at the end of each voice training session. They will help you coach yourself.

The Most Neglected Speaking Skills

After twenty years helping people improve their speaking skills, it’s easy to identify the most common techniques that are usually missing for the average public speaker or presenter. You can probably guess most of them, and yet few people are actually putting them into practice. Here are five public speaking skills that, if implemented, will put you far out in front of the majority of your peers.

Concise Communication Skills

Your ability to be concise and to the point is an important part of strong communication skills. Rambling and getting into too many details confuses and frustrates your listeners and makes you less credible as a speaker. The ability to communicate clearly and concisely will enhance your image and earn the respect of your friends and colleagues. Here are four strategies to help cultivate concise communication skills.

March 5, 2020

How to Stop Talking Too Loudly

Speaking with a voice that’s always too loud effects your personal and professional life. If you’re a loud talker you’re probably sick of being shushed or told to use your indoor voice. Here are two strategies for dialling down the volume of your speaking voice in a way that feels natural and gives some relief to those around you.

January 22, 2020

Action Triggers: Creating Fast Habits

Action Triggers are a practical and powerful tool to help you make faster progress in voice training. Peter Gollwitzer claims it’s essentially a way to create instant habits. Research shows that action triggers can make you 75% more successful than people who don’t use them. They’re easy to implement and have a lasting effect on your behaviour. If you want to make your voice training as effective as possible you should be leveraging action triggers.

January 15, 2020

Voice Training: Dealing with Resistance

When you first get started with voice training you’re probably excited, enthusiastic and optimistic about improving your speaking voice, but you might not be expecting to confront your own resistance to change. Learning to recognize and effectively handle resistance is critical to the long-term success of your voice training.

January 9, 2020

Public Speaking: Should I Move Around

When you’re speaking in public or giving a presentation, it’s often hard to know what to do with your body. Should you stand still or move around? Speakers often pace around, believing it helps calm their nerves and keep the attention of their audience. But does it, really? Movement can be a powerful tool for a presenter. There are benefits to using it wisely and consequences for employing it indiscriminately.

January 2, 2020

Stop My Voice from Shaking! – Public Speaking and a Trembling Voice

Don’t you just hate it when you’re speaking in public and your voice starts shaking? There’s nothing that screams NERVOUS!! like a trembling voice. Trying to control a quivering voice just makes it worse. Here are three broad techniques that enable you to channel that energy constructively.

December 19, 2019

Mouth-Breath Benefits for Speakers

In a previous video I addressed the common question, “When I speak, should I breathe through my mouth or through my nose,” but I forgot to discuss the very practical benefits you might experience by cultivating a mouth-breath when you’re speaking. This video attempts to fill that gap, along with a personal story about mouth-breathing and my development as a voice coach.

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