Voice and Speech Finding more than just your voice

March 30, 2020

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.

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 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.

December 18, 2019

Should I Breathe Through My Mouth or Through My Nose?

I constantly get this question in the comments to my videos, “When I’m speaking, should I breathe through my mouth or through my nose?” The answer is pretty obvious, but we just don’t realize it when we’re focused on a conversation. Here are three reasons why a mouth breath is more effective for speaking than a nose breath.

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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