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.

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.

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 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.

December 13, 2019

Voice Training: Trying Too Hard

Voice students without supervision often end up working too hard. This results in tension that makes the voice sound flat, hard and lifeless. Voice training aims to produce maximum sound with a minimum amount of effort. Learning to work with your voice, rather than pushing your voice, enables you to sound good, feel good and engage others.

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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