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

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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. 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 […].

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

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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 [.].

2013 195

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6 steps to harness energy for vocal power

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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. For us, energy efficiency is the ability to focus nerves, adrenaline, thought, talent, hopes, dreams, worries, feelings, […].

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How Green is Your Voice? Take the test

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vocal delivery vocal power energy efficiency vocal impact voice problems 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 172

How to be more expressive

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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. For years, in American business, people were taught to get rid of their vocal variety. Vocal expression was something you had […].

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A voice lesson from the soccer field

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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! 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 […].

2015 135

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

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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. 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 […].

2014 150

What is your vocal variety saying about you?

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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 [.].

2011 184

How to create a strong voice, Part 2, Envision

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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. That’s why my techie clients have given it an acronym…the REAP approach to a strong voice. REAP stands [.].

2013 165

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

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communication Speaking vocal delivery intention nudity opening and closing public speaking tips Storytelling When I saw my first business presentation 18 years ago, I was afraid that, in my attempt to apply my performing arts skills to business, I had fallen from grace into a pit of darkness and boredom. Since then, there’s been progress; there are many advocates for storytelling and other fresh approaches to presentations. However, […].

2014 141

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Motivate them to remember you

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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. Use emotion before the part you want them to remember. For example, when you are educating people, summarize what’s […].

2014 130

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 […].

This is why your communication doesn’t have impact

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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 [.].

2010 187

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?) A […]. vocal health vocal image vocal power breathing Leslie Howard pelvic floor vocal impact

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Where to find your voice in 2013

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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. There has never been a better time to develop that voice. Resources for study and practice [.].

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How to kick the habit of too many filler words…and why you must!

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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 [.].

2011 173

9 ways to make your topic sound exciting…even when it’s not!

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Speaking vocal delivery vocal image vocal power color delivery Expression public speaking tipsThe other day, I attended a presentation at a two-hour “All-hands” meeting. There were 200 people in the room. There were 800 others listening or watching via IPTV. Most of the presenters went over time, and their presentations were full of data and slides that were hard to read. People were squirming in their chairs, [.].

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If Mitt Romney’s Voice Were Music to My Ears: A Vocal Impact Analysis of the Candidates

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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 [.].

Pause: Create a Powerful Presence Through Silence

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Speaking vocal delivery vocal power breathing delivery vocal impactIn 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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Are you talking too fast? Finding the right ROS

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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 [.].

2012 152

The Storyteller’s Voice is Everyone’s Business

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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 [.].

2010 180

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

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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 [.].

2012 151

Breathe Life Into Your Talk

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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 [.].

5 Ways to Unlearn Stage Fright

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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 [.].

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Intention: The prescription for an authentic voice

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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 [.].

2012 140

3 Ways to Keep the Clock from Ruining Your Vocal Impact

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Speaking vocal delivery vocal power articulation Expression intention public speaking tips vocal impactScenario 1: You are in the zone with your talk. The audience is with you, and you are just about to hit them with your Zinger point. Suddenly you get a nod from the time keeper. You have 5 minutes. You thought you had 15. You have lost track of time. What do you [.].

2010 174

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Keep ‘em awake!

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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 [.].

2012 136

Ten Surefire Ways to Destroy Your Voice

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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? [.].

2010 189

10 Ways to Love Your Voice!

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singing Speaking vocal delivery vocal health vocal power World Voice DayThis Friday, April 16, is World Voice Day. World Voice Day is a day to celebrate your remarkable voice. It was started in 2002 by otolaryngologists and other voice professionals who wanted to focus awareness on the use, care, and problems associated with the human voice. There are concerts, voice clinics and festivals in various [.].

2010 184

Music for the holidays

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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 [.].

2012 129

Create a NICE opening and a RICH close, so…

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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 [.].

From Information to Imagination: Delivering a Good Story

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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 [.].

I know it’s hot but your voice isn’t warm!

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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 [.].

2010 166

The Most Important Not-so-secret Secret to Successful Communication

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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 [.].

2011 147

5 Colors for Vibrant Vocal Variety

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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 [.].

2011 150

Raise Your Voice: The United Nations’ First International Day of the Girl

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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 [.].

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A Five-Step Plan to Upgrade your Phone (Voice)

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intention vocal delivery vocal image vocal power deliveryIt’s the age of the disembodied voice. We work remotely and attend global conference calls. We leave voice messages and host webinars where a voice seems to belong to a PowerPoint slideshow rather than a human body. However, not many people think much about how their voice sounds on the phone, besides that they probably [.].

2010 147

How to disguise your voice

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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 [.].

2011 134

How to Create a Voice with “Executive Presence”

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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 [.].

2011 140

Natural Vocal Variety: The roles you say

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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 [.].

2012 109

Vocal Impact Quick Tip: 3 Ways to Keep Interest Under Pressure

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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 [.].

2012 116

The case for expressive speaking…even on earnings calls

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Speaking vocal delivery vocal image Expression public speaking tips vocal impactI am a vocal practitioner. I have observed and worked with voices for years and have developed theories about the way the voice works and how it affects listeners. One of my conclusions is that I like expressive voices, and so do you. But don’t take my word for it. In a guest post on [.].

Speak like you sing, sing like you speak

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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 [.].

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