Women’s Voices in Business: Strategies for dealing with 3 common issues
MARCH 6, 2014
communication vocal delivery vocal power delivery gender characteristics of speech International Women''s Day vocal impact women women''s voices This week, I attended a conference for women presented by one of my corporate clients.
How to be more expressive
MARCH 30, 2016
Delivery engagement expression vocal varietySome 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.
How to design your talks to engage an audience without resorting to nudity
JUNE 22, 2014
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6 steps to harness energy for vocal power
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
Delivery Executive Presence Vocal Production energy focus posture vocal power 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.
How to create a strong voice, Part 4: Practice
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
Who Let The Frogs Out?: 3 Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions
JUNE 6, 2012
vocal health vocal power delivery frog in throat laryngitis tired voicePulled 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 [.].
How to create a strong voice, Part 2, Envision
JULY 8, 2013
intention vocal power delivery Life of Pi Vision vocal impact You can’t just increase the volume to create power in a voice. You must have a strong vocal physique and a voice that reverberates and this should be combined with intention and practice. This approach reaps rewards.
How to kick the habit of too many filler words…and why you must!
APRIL 29, 2011
communication vocal delivery vocal power delivery postaweek2011 public speaking tipsSo, I ‘m going to pick on the word “so.” So, it’s so common at the beginning of sentences that it doesn’t mean anything anymore. In fact, “so” appeared on the annual Lake Superior State University list of banished words as long ago as 1999. So, blogger Terry Odell writes of a software for [.].
Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Motivate them to remember you
DECEMBER 3, 2014
vocal delivery emotions Expression public speaking tips vocal variety 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.
From Information to Imagination: Delivering a Good Story
SEPTEMBER 29, 2010
intention Storytelling vocal delivery Expression public speaking tips“The highest-paid person in the first half of the next century will be the ‘storyteller.’ The value of products will depend on the story they tell. Nike and many other global companies are already mainly storytellers. That is where the money is — even today.” Rolf Jensen, futurist and author of The Dream Society I [.].
5 Colors for Vibrant Vocal Variety
FEBRUARY 26, 2011
communication Speaking vocal delivery Expression postaweek2011 public speaking tips The King's Speech vocal impactCreating interest as a speaker is hugely important. Not only does it keep your audience tuned in to you, but it also helps them remember you and your message. That’s why Toastmasters lists Vocal Variety as one of the most important skills to develop as a public speaker. I call this using “color” in the [.].
Want to Find Your Voice as a Speaker? You May Need Some ‘Tough Love’!
AUGUST 25, 2014
Speaking delivery fear of public speaking Gary Genard public speaking tips stage fright tough love 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.
Who Let the Frogs Out? 3 Quick Remedies for Voice Malfunctions
JANUARY 25, 2010
communication Speaking vocal delivery vocal health vocal power laryngitis voice problemsYou are just about to make your point, bringing your dynamic and well-prepared speech to its exciting climax, when you open your mouth to speak and hear a horrible croak instead of your usual voice. Frustrated, you clear your throat, and try again, but you sound like you are speaking underwater this time! Again you [.].
5 Ways to Unlearn Stage Fright
JANUARY 21, 2011
singing Speaking delivery postaweek2011 stage fright vocal impactStage fright is a very real issue for many speakers and singers. For those people, just when they need clarity and focus, the mind is scattered and their head is filled with critical self-talk that can be immobilizing, or at least distracting at the very least. The internet is full of ideas for dealing [.].
Music for the holidays
DECEMBER 6, 2012
singing vocal deliveryIt’s not a secret. I am a singer. I have a Master’s Degree in applied voice and began teaching singing in graduate school, which was far too long ago (but it’s given me at least 10,000 hours doing it!!) I have taken what I learned as a performer and vocalist, and applied it to [.].
Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Keep ‘em awake!
SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
communication vocal delivery vocal impact vocal varietyThis is your weekly tip sheet for having maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication. A quick tip might just save your voice or get you through that important conversation. I welcome any comments or questions. They’re falling asleep out there! How do you hold interest when you have no [.].
How to create a strong voice, Part 1: Resonate!
MAY 15, 2013
vocal delivery vocal health vocal power delivery mask resonance vocal impact 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 [.].
A voice lesson from the soccer field
JULY 9, 2015
Delivery soccer vocal variety volume Women's World CupI loved seeing the US team win the women’s world cup of soccer. What an amazing display of skill and strategy, and what fun!
How to Create a Voice with “Executive Presence”
MAY 11, 2011
Speaking vocal image vocal power delivery postaweek2011Having executive presence means being able to speak clearly, with authority, to anyone, including those you want to influence, whether your superior or your constituency. Much of this comes from experience. You feel more comfortable each time you are in a situation that challenges you to speak with authority to an authority figure. You feel [.].
The Storyteller’s Voice is Everyone’s Business
MAY 24, 2010
communication Storytelling vocal delivery breathing delivery public speaking tips volumeAs we have become more and more inundated with data and information, we have grown more and more hungry for stories. Stories help us find the human elements in the information. They remind us of why we care about the data in the first place. Presentations skills coach, Jerry Weissman, prevents scientists and doctors from [.].
Raise Your Voice: The United Nations’ First International Day of the Girl
OCTOBER 11, 2012
Speaking vocal delivery International Day of the Girl vocal image vocal impactThis week, I had the opportunity and the honor to work with speakers at TEDx Orange Coast. As you would expect, they were an inspiring group of thought leaders, innovators, creatives and passionate activists. It was there that I learned about the First International Day of the Girl, which is today, 10/11/12. I learned it [.].
If Mitt Romney’s Voice Were Music to My Ears: A Vocal Impact Analysis of the Candidates
FEBRUARY 21, 2012
communication Speaking vocal image analysis of presidential candidates Arizona debate delivery Mitt Romney Mitt Romney's voice Newt Gingrich Presidential debates Rick Santorum Ron PaulWhat if you could step back from the rhetoric of the debates and hear the candidates differently? What if there were hints about who they are hiding in plain site? Well, there are. That’s not to say that I can tell you who is the best candidate, but I can tell you what their vocal [.].
This is why your communication doesn’t have impact
DECEMBER 1, 2010
Speaking vocal delivery vocal power cadence delivery public speaking tipsThe spoken run on sentence is also full of run on ideas and thoughts that confuse our communication because we stop being able to concentrate when there is no conclusion and too much data in what we hear as one long string of sound after awhile so we stop listening. Get it? Well, that is [.].
The Most Important Not-so-secret Secret to Successful Communication
JUNE 3, 2011
Practical application vocal power voice lessons delivery postaweek2011 public speaking tipsIt’s not a secret. But there is a mystery to it, and today I have an answer. Vince Lombardi is credited with saying, “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to [.].
I know it’s hot but your voice isn’t warm!
JULY 13, 2010
vocal delivery vocal health breathing intention public speaking tipsThe thermometer is pushing three digits and the idea of warming up anything is probably just not on your mind. However, if you have to give a talk, you need to warm up your voice before you practice, and definitely before you go on stage or on camera. The question is, what do you do [.].
Where to find your voice in 2013
DECEMBER 27, 2012
communication intention vocal delivery 2013 Expression public speaking tips vocal impactAs humans, we are passionately driven to communicate. We want to be heard. We want to be understood. But to be heard above all the noise of our culture, you must have a voice that others will listen to.
Natural Vocal Variety: The roles you say
SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
Practical application Speaking vocal delivery vocal power delivery role-playing vocal image vocal varietyI recently re-Read a post from earlier in the year by gavin on Makeapowerfulpoint.com …saved in my Evernote notebook. Have I told you how much I love Evernote?!)The The post asks, “which speaker type are you?” and lists 6 types of speakers, with notes on the strengths and weaknesses of each. I agree that we all [.].
Vocal Impact Quick Tip: 3 Ways to Keep Interest Under Pressure
OCTOBER 23, 2012
Speaking vocal power delivery opening and closingWhat to do when the clock is running out and you get the high sign that says “5 Minutes till the hook. Keep your energy up without sacrificing expression and comprehension. Energy is a force to be reckoned with. When you have it, it colors your words and stimulates your listener. Keep your energy [.].
What is your vocal variety saying about you?
DECEMBER 9, 2011
vocal delivery vocal image vocal power delivery Expression vocal impact vocal varietyVocal Variety is a term used by many speakers to describe variations in the sounds created by speaking. Other terms for this are inflection, expression or prosody. Vocal Variety is generally thought to be good. It creates interest and helps a speaker to have more influence over the audience. Toastmasters has a vocal variety speech [.].
How to disguise your voice
OCTOBER 27, 2011
intention vocal delivery vocal health vocal image StorytellingDressing up in a costume on Halloween is great fun! Sometimes, a costume requires a vocal disguise as well. There are three basic ways that most people try to disguise their voice. They lower their voice or raise the pitch of their voice, or try an accent. I recommend another method which is far more [.].
A voice geek’s perspective: PublicSpeaking posts in review
MAY 26, 2011
communication vocal delivery postaweek2011 public speaking tips vocal impact7 Triggers that will Fascinate your audience. In this post, Olivia Mitchell explores Fascinate – a book by Sally Hogshead about the seven triggers that fascinate people. They are: Lust, Mystique, Alarm, Vice, Prestige, Power, and Trust. Sounds like a great book, and Olivia approaches it from the perspective of public speaking with experience and [.].
A tribute to Margaret Whiting
JANUARY 13, 2011
Uncategorized delivery Margaret Whiting postaweek2011 singingMargaret Whiting was someone my mom talked about a lot. Their birthdays were two days apart, and Margaret’s music was some of my mom’s favorite. They practically grew up together! About twelve years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Margaret and her husband, Jack Wrangler. Jack wrote my second cabaret show, and it was [.].
When You Must Read Aloud: The Voice in Business
MAY 18, 2010
communication intention Storytelling vocal image delivery public speaking tipsPower Point and its use in conference calls, Web-Ex sessions, and webinars has made the sound of the voice more important than ever. Yes, just when you thought you could again hide behind a slide show, your “disembodied” voice starts to take all the focus. Your history, education, emotional state and preparedness are out there [.].
Ten Surefire Ways to Destroy Your Voice
MARCH 4, 2010
vocal delivery vocal health voice lessons laryngitis tired voice voice problemsNot too long ago, someone called me asking for help with his voice. He wanted to sound like Rod Stewart. Without batting an eye, I said, “You don’t need a lesson. Just yell a lot, smoke a couple packs a day and don’t get any sleep.” He thanked me and hung up. How about that? [.].
Breathe Life Into Your Talk
MAY 3, 2012
vocal delivery vocal power breathing delivery vocal health vocal image vocal impactIt’s the day of your presentation. You eat your favorite day-of-talk breakfast. You warm up your voice and say a prayer. When you arrive, you shake lots of hands, set up your merchandise at the back of the room, and get yourself motivated to talk. When they call your name, you tell the obligatory joke [.].
Create a NICE opening and a RICH close, so…
JANUARY 18, 2012
intention Speaking vocal delivery delivery Nancy Duarte opening and closing public speaking tips vocal impactTwo of the most important components of great communication are how you start and how you finish. This is as true for a phone conversation or a WebEx as it is for public speaking. In the first few minutes, your audience or conversation partners are making judgments about how and who you are and they [.].
NEW! Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Breathe!
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Practical application Speaking vocal health breathing delivery public speaking tips voice problemsThis week I am starting a weekly post to give you tips for maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication. If you would like to receive these weekly tips in your inbox, please send me a note via my contact form to be added to my list. We will not share your [.].
Intention: The prescription for an authentic voice
AUGUST 15, 2012
intention vocal power authentic voice delivery postaweek2011 public speaking tips vocal imageRecently, I sat on a plane, connected to “GoGoWireless”, and “IM’d” with my seat mate while we both listened to our favorite music via Bose headphones. So who needs a voice? That experience was in contrast to this one: Later that day, I attended a presentation via Webex, and heard the presenter, but never saw [.].
Are you talking too fast? Finding the right ROS
JULY 10, 2012
Speaking vocal delivery pace Rate of Speech ROS Slow SpeechWhen listening to others, people can process speech at the rate of speech (ROS) of 90-140 words per minute. However, as speakers, we are able to articulate about 200 words per minute. That means you may speak faster than others can hear you. Speaking at a slower rate allows you time to breathe, time to [.].
Speak like you sing, sing like you speak
JULY 15, 2011
communication vocal delivery vocal power voice lessons delivery gender characteristics of speech Seth Riggs singing speech-levelYears ago, I studied voice with Seth Riggs, a teacher who had a profound impact on my teaching. He taught me that the voice is the same instrument whether you are singing or speaking. Today, when I teach singing, I teach people to find their “speech level.” When I work with speakers, I listen for [.].