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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?

2017 185

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 […].

2017 198

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.

2017 148

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?”

2017 148

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.

2017 176

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.

2016 168

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.

2017 148

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

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!)

2015 180

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

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.

2016 161

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.

3 Steps to Create a Super Voice for Vocal Marathons

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Ever since people have been trying to be heard over a crowd, there have been hoarse voices, but nowhere is this more apparent than in the race to grab the Presidency in the US.

2016 155

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. They are deciding who you are based on what they hear– geographic origin, your gender, your education, your emotional state, etc.–

2016 139

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 […].

2014 185

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. In fact, she challenged my integrity, which, I admit, ticked me off! It’s easy to snap back with someone like that, and sometimes that is exactly what’s needed.

2015 155

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.

2015 174

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

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 […].

2014 195

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.

2015 161

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

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.

2015 155

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.

2015 155

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 […].

2015 148

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. Maybe it’s just the catchy title, but I think the attraction has more to do with the horrible feeling you get if you open your mouth on stage and nothing comes out.

2016 139

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.

2014 185

How to take a moment to lead…quietly

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An actor is required to get up on stage and do their part whether they feel like it or not. Leaders need to do that too. However, very capable leaders may resign themselves to sitting back and letting someone else speak up or show up because that leader can’t seem to get a word in […].

2015 148

Do you tic when you talk?

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When I was in high school, I had a French teacher who grunted between every few words; little pig-like grunts would come from her mouth even when she was not speaking. It was awkward for us, to say the least, and she was the brunt of many jokes.

2016 130

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.

2014 161

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.

2015 148

Vocal Impact Tip: 3 Steps and an Awesome Guest Post

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This week, Prezi published a guest post of mine on their blog. For those of you who don’t know what Prezi is, it’s the latest and greatest presentation software.

2015 148

Vocal Impact Tip: How to get over the sound of your voice

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Is that my voice? The best way to know what your voice sounds like to others is to record it and listen to it. Right? Wrong! In fact you will probably never hear your voice as others hear it. That’s right, the voice you have perfected to be so incredibly sexy and powerful is NOT […].

2015 148

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. The prize didn’t go to a technologist or an architect or a scientist. It went to a company that exists simply to instruct and encourage people to tell and record their stories.

2015 148

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.

2014 161

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Are you afraid to commit or do you just sound like it?

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One of my clients, a c-level executive, sounds like he is asking questions all the time. At least, that’s what his team tells me. What I hear is a vocal image (how people perceive of you by the sound of your voice) of indecision created by lot of upspeak.

2015 148

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: The secret to a great Valentine’s Day conversation

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(Do not read this if you are completely prepared for every upcoming conversation that matters.) Valentine’s Day can be confusing, if not downright depressing. This often stems from the fact that all those little cupids and hearts put pressure on you to have an important conversation.

2015 148

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Your speech needs a blizzard

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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 does the weather report have to do with your next presentation?

2015 148

How to create a strong voice, Part 4: Practice

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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? …and every statement is spoken with “up-speak?”

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Motivate them to remember you

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Memory and emotion are partnered in the brain. Rather than thinking of emotion as merely a way to be dramatic, think of it as a strategy to be remembered. Where you use it, therefore, is important. Use emotion before the part you want them to remember.

2014 148