Voice and Speech Finding more than just your voice

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 3, 2010

THE FIVE MOST COMMON SPEECH PROBLEMS

Every year, I consult and train with hundreds of people, and the five most common issues are

Speaking too quickly- caused by fast, shallow breathing, jaw tension and being too focused on content.

Not projecting- caused by a lack of grounding, breath support and resonance.

Sounding too high- caused by physical tension and shallow breathing.

Mumbling- caused by fast rate, jaw and tongue tension, and a soft voice.

Nervousness- caused by tension, shallow breathing, and inadequate preparation.

The solution? It’s always some version of

  • Grounding/Relaxation
  • Deep breathing
  • Resonance.

It’s not rocket science, but what appears simple is not always easy. It’s hard to stay open. Get a vocal coach.

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