Your (Executive) Presence is Required
MAY 12, 2016
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You talk funny…and so do I
DECEMBER 6, 2016
Preparation to facilitate a workshop in India got me thinking about the differences in how we humans communicate with each other, and how that influences the kind of relationships we have with each other. Every culture has its unique language, both verbal and non-verbal. The culture may be that of a country, a state, a […].
5 ways to improve your voice in 2017
DECEMBER 31, 2016
Many of us start the New Year with goals and promises to improve our lives. Of course, old habits die hard, and new ones may not stick.
You Are Not Your Slide Deck
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
When I was first introduced to presentations in the business world I was appalled. Executive Presence leadership perception presentations
Your voice on conference calls: How to show up when no one can see you
OCTOBER 19, 2016
Recently, I facilitated a workshop for a group of people who work in their pajamas. One of them told me that she will do her hair and makeup for the rare call when her customer turns on her video camera, but normally she doesn’t have to worry about being seen. What she has to worry […].
3 Steps to Create a Voice for Your Costume
OCTOBER 13, 2013
A few years ago, I published a post called “How to Disguise Your Voice.” Surprisingly, it continues to be one of the most popular posts on this blog.
Women’s Voices in Business: Strategies for dealing with 3 common issues
MARCH 6, 2014
This week, I attended a conference for women presented by one of my corporate clients.
5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)
NOVEMBER 19, 2013
Was he asking about how to overcome shyness or how to get invited to the right meetings? He was asking how to increase his visibility […].
3 Steps to Create a Super Voice for Vocal Marathons
MARCH 9, 2016
An article in the NY Times stated that the Republican Primary Campaign “has a cold,” and described vocal issues experienced by […].
How to design your talks to engage an audience without resorting to nudity
JUNE 22, 2014
Since then, there’s been progress; there are many advocates for storytelling and other fresh approaches to presentations. However, […].
Help for Tired Voices: The 5 Habits of a Healthy Voice
APRIL 6, 2014
It’s 4pm on a Thursday, and it’s been another long week of phone calls, meetings and non-stop talking.
Lose the Grocery List
MAY 28, 2015
Have you ever noticed that many people treat the first part of their presentation as if it’s merely a list of what you need on a camping trip?
How to create a strong voice, Part 4: Practice
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
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The Case for Cracking a Smile
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
Last week I was observing a wonderfully talented speaker. He was expressive, had an interesting voice, and used perfect pacing. And […].
3 Essential Ingredients of a Meaningful Conversation
DECEMBER 31, 2013
What I remember most about being home from college for the holidays is deep, meaningful conversations with people. My mom was the master of this art.
Finally, a 2015 trend you can really use
DECEMBER 22, 2015
The year in review from the standpoint of Google searches tells a lot about what interests people. Although my own little year in review is based on searches too, I admit that it cannot compete with the search trends that lead to results such as the Kardashians’ lips or pumpkin seed recipes. No, people find […].
Do cookies make you want to sing? How to form a new habit
JULY 28, 2015
Want to form a new habit? There’s good news out there. Once the cookies were gone it was time to practice. That snack became my instigation […].
What to do after you screw up that first impression
AUGUST 8, 2016
From the first moment you open your mouth to speak, people are judging you. Those first […].
Who Let the Frogs Out? Another 3 quick remedies for voice malfuntions
JANUARY 27, 2016
One of the most popular posts on this blog is Who Let the Frogs Out? 3 Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions. The original […].
6 steps to harness energy for vocal power
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
How Green is Your Voice? We all want to be green. But as Kermit so wisely said, “it’s not easy being green.”
The Rise of the Storyteller, and How to Be One
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Today, I was traveling on business and picked up The Wall Street Journal. On the cover were all the reminders of terror and fear. I almost put it down because who needs to be reminded that the world is a dangerous place when they are 1000 miles from home? However, as I thumbed through the […]. Storytelling conversations storytelling Thanks
How to get what you want this December
DECEMBER 3, 2015
Yesterday, I called customer service to correct an order. The representative was not very helpful.
What babies can teach us about better speaking
NOVEMBER 12, 2014
Breathing is a good idea. I think most of us can agree on that. And most people figure there’s only one way to go about it. Breathe in, breathe out.
The Large Impact of Small Talk
JUNE 26, 2015
You see, small talk serves a purpose beyond the sometimes-silly words we use; it sends the message that you are interested in exploring a […].
How to create a strong voice, Part 3: Align
AUGUST 23, 2013
Regular readers of this blog know that my mantra for alignment is this: For greatest vocal impact, align your intention with your content and both with your delivery. However, this post takes another, more physical look at alignment involving Posture, Presence and…(the REAL secret sauce) the Pelvic Floor. What are you talking about, Kate?)
Raise Your Voice! Autistic girl finds hers
NOVEMBER 3, 2013
In September, I was honored to coach a father/daughter team at TEDx OrangeCoast. The talk was about their experience with autism.
Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Purpose and Repartée
MARCH 3, 2015
Is there method to your madness? Recently, a client asked me how to prepare to network at an upcoming conference that she will be attending. She is somewhat reserved and doesn’t enjoy small talk. We discussed lots of the basics, but in the end, her strategy wasn’t clear until she understood her intention for talking […].
The Aging Voice: Thicker middle, thinner voice
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
If you are over 50, you may have noticed your voice growing weaker, or phlegmier, or sounding more tired than it used to.
How Green is Your Voice? Take the test
OCTOBER 2, 2014
To my knowledge, when world leaders met to discuss climate change, they did not discuss the ways in which speakers and singers waste physical energy. However, many speakers and singers do just that, with detriment to their talk or song and, ultimately, their message. But how do you know if you are wasting energy, why […].
An interview with your voice
OCTOBER 12, 2015
How well do you know your voice? Seems like a funny question, right? It is what it is.” And I responded, “Not true.
Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: What you have in common with Tina Fey
FEBRUARY 25, 2015
What is the secret to great extemporaneous speaking? People who are good at improvisational comedy have learned to adhere to 9 basic maxims. Three of these are: Say Yes Don’t prepare Just show up At first glance these titles may seem to reinforce that you don’t need to practice to be a good improviser, but, […].
Vocal Impact Tip: How to make them choose you over email
MAY 21, 2015
It’s tough to be heard on conference calls especially when so many people are doing other things besides paying attention to your brilliant ideas.
Vocal Impact Tip: 3 Steps and a million reasons to share stories
MARCH 23, 2015
But how do you find a story that inspires? Last week, StoryCorps was awarded the $1M TED prize. They do this to show […].
You had me at “hello”
OCTOBER 15, 2014
Recently, I was interviewed by Boyd Blackwood as part of his very informative podcast series on iTunes called “Life’s a Pitch.” ” Boyd has interviews with many pros on the topic of presenting and persuading in order to prosper, and I highly recommend the series.
Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Improve your voice over the holidays
DECEMBER 18, 2014
Designed to help you stay in the game, this is your weekly tip sheet for having maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication.
Dialog vs. Divalog: Listening for greater impact as a speaker
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
We often make the mistake of choosing the wrong communication approach. In conflict, we orate. When expressing a point of view, we need too much consent from the audience. When negotiating we assume agreement when we don’t have it. We say we invite learning but we leave no opening for the other’s individual expression. We [.].
How to say “thanks” like you mean it
NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Last week, a friend observed a conversation between my partner and me wherein we said “thanks” to each other a dozen times. Afterwards, she remarked on this and said, “That seems like a lot of work.” In our family, we practice saying thanks. It’s a ritual for us; it expresses gratitude, and that we take […].
Who Let The Frogs Out?: 3 Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions
JUNE 6, 2012
Pulled from the archives, this post is still one of the most popular on this blog, along with its sequel, More Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions. We just added a new pic. You are just about to make your point, bringing your dynamic and well-prepared speech to its exciting climax, when you open your mouth [.].
Pause: Create a Powerful Presence Through Silence
JUNE 15, 2010
In a non-stop world, we have become non-stop speakers. For this reason alone, silence is a powerful tool. Silence also allows you to breathe, and give your audience time to breathe as well. In our crazy world, silence is not easy to find, and it’s just not that easy to use either. Here are some [.].
To Find Your Voice You Have To Use It
FEBRUARY 6, 2014
A voice is more than the way you sound when you speak and there is more to finding your voice than going through some scales to work the muscles of the larynx or learn to breathe. The singers and speakers we love have distinct voices that display unique characteristics (think James Earl Jones) or voices […].