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.

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.

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.

March 1, 2018

Voice Training: Breath Holding

Breath-holding is one of those unnoticed habits that presents a real obstacle to your speaking voice. It closes you up, stops your flow and gets you into your head. Cultivating uninterrupted breath flow can make the difference between feeling blocked and jammed up as a speaker or being open, connected and fully engaged.

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