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How to, like, stop using “like” kind of all the time

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People use speech patterns of popular culture because they are, like, popular. Part of the fun of life is to copy what we hear said in films and TV because it is a way to share common experience. Common experience is a great way to engage others. However, as my mom used to say, “Everything […]. Presence Vocal Image cadence filler words perception Taylor Mali upspeak

2017 152

Exercise: How to jump start your voice without saying a word

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I don’t have to tell you that your voice is attached to your body. And I probably don’t have to tell you that your body needs exercise. But what kind of exercise makes your voice work better? And how does a full-body workout compare with vocal warm-ups for getting your voice going? Will weight training […]. Executive Presence Vocal Health aerobics breathing exercise vocal health yoga

2017 142

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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 […]. Presence Vocal Image conference call engagement perception

2016 155

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. There is one more meeting on the calendar and your voice is so nearly gone that it actually hurts to speak. It takes a lot of effort to get through the frog in your throat to find […]. vocal health vocal power buzz in voice frog in throat laryngitis teachers and voices tired voice World Voice Day

2014 206

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. However, there was something missing until…he smiled. It was a big, genuine smile that caused crow’s feet to blossom around his eyes (a Guy Kawasaki must!) and added a new sparkle to his voice. And […]. Presence engagement perception public speaking tips vocal power

2015 169

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. It takes anywhere from 21-254 days to form a new behavior, depending on the complexity of the behavior and the amount of time spent working on the change. […]. Miscellaneous Vocal Health practicing public speaking tips vocal power

2017 136

Would it help if I sounded like a man? 5 Techniques for Quiet Talkers

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Many women think that a powerful voice is a low voice. Perhaps believing this to be the case, as women have stepped into more and more leadership positions in business, politics and the community, the average pitch of women’s voices in the western world has dropped significantly. On the average, women now speak only 2/3 […]. Executive Presence gender mask resonance vocal power

2015 159

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.” Especially for people who have to get up and speak or sing in front of others. For us, energy efficiency is the ability to focus nerves, adrenaline, thought, talent, hopes, dreams, worries, feelings, […]. Delivery Executive Presence Vocal Production energy focus posture vocal power

2015 172

How to talk to each other when you don’t agree

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The other night, I was in New York City where we saw a new play on Broadway called The Band’s Visit. It’s the story of an Egyptian band that plays a concert in a small Israeli village and what happens there. Without even a mention of politics, it shows us that being human can transcend […]. Storytelling conversations small talk storytelling

2017 113

An interview with your voice

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How well do you know your voice? Seems like a funny question, right? Just today, I told someone what I do for a living and they said, “There’s nothing you can do about your voice. It is what it is.” And I responded, “Not true. There’s a lot you can do to create a voice […]. Musings Vocal Health exercises perception personal brand vocal power

2015 152

Why a six-pack packs a punch for voice users

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When I tell people they need to breathe, they often look at me funny. That look says, “Of course I am breathing. I am alive, aren’t I?” Even though studies have shown that singers use 75-100% vital lung capacity to sing, where speaking requires only about 60% vital lung capacity, when I train voices, I […]. Vocal Health breath support practicing Transverse abdominus vocal power

2017 113

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 […]. vocal delivery vocal power energy efficiency vocal impact voice problems

2014 172

Vocal Impact Tip: Big Voice, big…

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Does the size of your voice reflect the size of your personality? The size and sound of your voice give others an impression of who you are. According to a study last year of 120 executives’ speeches by Quantified Impressions, an Austin, Texas, communications analytics company, the sound of a speaker’s voice matters twice as […]. Executive Presence Vocal Image perception personal brand pitch vocal variety

2015 158

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. There was a lot of discussion around Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, of course, and lots of tips on how to do that. Naturally, I didn’t think there was nearly enough said about the effect that a woman’s voice has […]. communication vocal delivery vocal power delivery gender characteristics of speech International Women''s Day vocal impact women women''s voices

2014 182

5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)

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One of my clients, who is determinedly on track for a promotion in a fast-paced corporate environment asked me, “How can I insert myself more into conversations and meetings?” 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 […]. vocal image vocal power conversations leadership listening

2013 189

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. WHAT YOUR VOICE NEEDS IS A GOOD WORKING VACATION Many of you are planning to take some time off over the next couple of weeks. In fact, some of […]. Practical application singing practicing Storytelling

2014 164

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

2015 146

How to inspire others

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What makes a talk or conversation inspiring? Is it magic? Is it power? Is it beauty that inspires? Is it joy, pain, or sorrow? Leaders often feel a need to be inspiring because they want to get people to embrace their ideas and follow their lead. Performers want to capture the moment to bring an […]. Musings be inspirational engagement inspiration perception vocal power

2017 119

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. Sorry to say, but the process that makes your knees sag also makes your vocal folds get thinner and lose strength and tone. Without sufficient bulk, the cords’ opposing tissues can’t meet […]. Vocal Health aging voice ENT exercises otolaryngology Speech Language Pathologist tired voice vocal power

2016 129

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 […]. Intention Public Speaking conversations engagement networking personal brand practicing vocal power

2015 158

How to water your voice

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I was standing in the wings, about to make my entrance when I noticed that it was raining on stage. I mean it wasn’t supposed to be, but it sure looked like rain to me. Then I realized that what I was seeing was saliva raining forth from the mouths of the chorus! Get […]. Vocal Health how much water hydration calculator weight loss

2017 113

Vocal space: Can I please hear you “Wow” me?

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One of the most common vocal habits that we hear in business presentations is people dropping the volume of their last words to an almost inaudible level. I am quite sure the habit is a result of people being hunched over their computers all day, speaking into headsets rather than across a room. Headset mics […]. Vocal Image exercises perception vocal power

2018 100

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 […]. communication Uncategorized Expression find your voice finding your voice leadership vocal impact voice

2014 179

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 […]. Musings conversations listening perception Trevor Noah

2016 123

How to create a strong voice, Part 1: Resonate!

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Do you lose your voice at parties and conferences because you can’t be heard over the noise? Ever wondered how to create a voice that is strong- one that carries well over a distance? You’re not alone I love my blog. It connects me with people all over the world. Many write to me via [.]. vocal delivery vocal health vocal power delivery mask resonance vocal impact

2013 195

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. One year I had a traumatic experience with a man- the kind that shapes you forever- and when I arrived home, I was sad and frightened. Even though I […]. communication Speaking conversations public speaking tips vocal impact

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. Part of me wants to take offense because that post is not nearly as scholarly as many of my other posts ; part of me thinks the […]. vocal power

2013 184

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. First a story: When I was a little girl learning to play the violin, my mom had me practice every day at the same time…right after my after-school snack. Once the cookies were gone it was time to practice. That snack became my instigation […]. Musings exercises practicing public speaking tips

2015 146

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 […]. vocal image conversations Expression intention vocal impact

2014 158

The Large Impact of Small Talk

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If small talk at the beginning of a presentation or conversation seems like a waste of time to you, you may be missing one of the most important parts of communication. 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 […]. Content Public Speaking conversations listening networking phatic presentations small talk

2015 146

Sex, Lies and Resonance

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Top Posts on the Blog in 2017 I’ve been blogging since 2006, which means that next year marks my twelve-year anniversary. Frankly, I’m amazed that I have kept it up this long. I do it because, as my partner once said, I think I have something to say, and of course, because of readers like […]. Miscellaneous lessons public speaking tips sex

2017 100

You Are Not Your Slide Deck

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When I was first introduced to presentations in the business world I was appalled. I realized that people thought that their slide deck was their presentation. As a musician, that would be like assuming the piece of music you’re playing is the only thing that matters, when in reality, how you stand, your body language […]. Executive Presence leadership perception presentations

2017 113

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Don’t do it!

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It’s that scary time of year again. Football season! You are going to be watching TV or at a stadium and “surprise!” you will be screaming again. Your significant other will punch you in the ribs and tell you that you just blew out their eardrum, and that’s bad enough. But the worst part […]. vocal health football laryngitis tired voice voice problems

2014 154

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: 5 Strategies to make sure they hear you

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Do you have a speaking strategy that supports listening? To be a great speaker, you need to be a great listener. Probably the most important reason for this is that if you listen, you will know what others want to hear. In a post on The Brilliant Blog, Annie Murphy-Paul cites research showing that great […]. communication intention listening public speaking tips Storytelling vocal impact

2014 149

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Question your own authority

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Research has shown that the best way to stick to a plan is to be self-interrogative rather than self-affirming. In other words, new year’s resolutions don’t really work by themselves unless you examine your resolve. You need to question what you are doing and be willing to study your own behavior. I find it interesting […]. Miscellaneous conversations discussion engagement listening

2015 146

How to create a strong voice, Part 4: Practice

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Since I still practice the old-fashioned way, in a room or in my car going over and over what’s in my head…or in the shower… it hadn’t occurred to me that there were apps out there that could help someone practice delivery/performance skills until I received a note from a reader via the contact form […]. Speaking vocal health vocal power voice lessons breathing practicing public speaking tips World Voice Day

How to be more expressive

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Some people are just more expressive than others. When you listen to an expressive person, you hear lots of pitches and pace changes and even more pauses than someone who is not as expressive. For years, in American business, people were taught to get rid of their vocal variety. Vocal expression was something you had […]. Delivery engagement expression vocal variety

2016 123

A voice lesson from the soccer field

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I loved seeing the US team win the women’s world cup of soccer. What an amazing display of skill and strategy, and what fun! I passed by restaurants and sports bars that day, and they were full of people shouting and carrying on about the victory. But no one expressed enthusiasm about Carli Lloyd’s performance […]. Delivery soccer vocal variety volume Women's World Cup

2015 135

Want to Find Your Voice as a Speaker? You May Need Some ‘Tough Love’!

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Do you have something important to share with an audience? If so, you may be excited about the opportunity. Chances are getting your content together hasn’t been difficult either. So now it’s time to give your talk. You look out at the audience. and suddenly you’re incredibly aware that everyone is looking […]. Speaking delivery fear of public speaking Gary Genard public speaking tips stage fright tough love

2014 150

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. Simple. And yet, even though as babies we breathe efficiently and effectively, over time, hunching over desks, or sucking in a gut for passing admirers […]. Speaking vocal health vocal power breathing Lung Cancer Awareness public speaking tips voice problems

2014 146

How to speak when you’re put on the spot

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We’ve discussed the necessity to practice to be a better communicator, but many of you have told me that you love speaking extemporaneously; to your mind that means you would be better off not practicing. Practicing may take the joy out of something that you really like to do, to shape ideas as they come […]. Content Delivery Public Speaking acting technique improv practicing

2017 100

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. Check this out: 82% of people are likely to do something unrelated while on a conference call such as email or even chasing their dog down the street. Women are 3x […]. Miscellaneous conversations engagement presentations vocal variety

2015 136

Your (Executive) Presence is Required

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How to demonstrate Executive Presence through your voice In 2012, the Center for Talent Innovation published a now-famous study about executive presence. The study, based on interviews with thousands of people, concludes that executive presence depends on getting three things right: appearance, communication, and gravitas (itself a set of behaviors). How you look, how you […]. Executive Presence Presence mask resonance perception public speaking tips vocal power