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Your (Executive) Presence is Required

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You talk funny…and so do I

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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 […].

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5 ways to improve your voice in 2017

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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.

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You Are Not Your Slide Deck

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When I was first introduced to presentations in the business world I was appalled. Executive Presence leadership perception presentations

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Your voice on conference calls: How to show up when no one can see you

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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 […].

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3 Steps to Create a Voice for Your Costume

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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.

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Women’s Voices in Business: Strategies for dealing with 3 common issues

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This week, I attended a conference for women presented by one of my corporate clients.

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5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)

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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 […].

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3 Steps to Create a Super Voice for Vocal Marathons

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An article in the NY Times stated that the Republican Primary Campaign “has a cold,” and described vocal issues experienced by […].

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How to design your talks to engage an audience without resorting to nudity

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Since then, there’s been progress; there are many advocates for storytelling and other fresh approaches to presentations. However, […].

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Help for Tired Voices: The 5 Habits of a Healthy Voice

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It’s 4pm on a Thursday, and it’s been another long week of phone calls, meetings and non-stop talking.

2014 56

Lose the Grocery List

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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

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The Case for Cracking a Smile

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Last week I was observing a wonderfully talented speaker. He was expressive, had an interesting voice, and used perfect pacing. And […].

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3 Essential Ingredients of a Meaningful Conversation

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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

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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 […].

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Do cookies make you want to sing? How to form a new habit

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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 […].

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What to do after you screw up that first impression

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From the first moment you open your mouth to speak, people are judging you. Those first […].

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Who Let the Frogs Out? Another 3 quick remedies for voice malfuntions

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One of the most popular posts on this blog is Who Let the Frogs Out? 3 Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions. The original […].

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6 steps to harness energy for vocal power

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How Green is Your Voice? We all want to be green. But as Kermit so wisely said, “it’s not easy being green.”

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The Rise of the Storyteller, and How to Be One

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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

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How to get what you want this December

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Yesterday, I called customer service to correct an order. The representative was not very helpful.

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What babies can teach us about better speaking

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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.

2014 39

The Large Impact of Small Talk

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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 […].

2015 34

How to create a strong voice, Part 3: Align

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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?)

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Raise Your Voice! Autistic girl finds hers

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In September, I was honored to coach a father/daughter team at TEDx OrangeCoast. The talk was about their experience with autism.

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Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Purpose and Repartée

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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 […].

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The Aging Voice: Thicker middle, thinner voice

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If you are over 50, you may have noticed your voice growing weaker, or phlegmier, or sounding more tired than it used to.

2016 21

How Green is Your Voice? Take the test

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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 […].

2014 36

An interview with your voice

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How well do you know your voice? Seems like a funny question, right? It is what it is.” And I responded, “Not true.

2015 28

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: What you have in common with Tina Fey

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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, […].

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Vocal Impact Tip: How to make them choose you over email

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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.

2015 28

Vocal Impact Tip: 3 Steps and a million reasons to share stories

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But how do you find a story that inspires? Last week, StoryCorps was awarded the $1M TED prize. They do this to show […].

2015 28

You had me at “hello”

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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.

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Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Improve your voice over the holidays

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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.

2014 28

Dialog vs. Divalog: Listening for greater impact as a speaker

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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

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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 […].

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Who Let The Frogs Out?: 3 Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions

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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 [.].

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Pause: Create a Powerful Presence Through Silence

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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 [.].

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To Find Your Voice You Have To Use It

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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 […].

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