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

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Presence Vocal Image conference call engagement perceptionRecently, 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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5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)

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vocal image vocal power conversations leadership listening 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?”

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3 Steps to Create a Super Voice for Vocal Marathons

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Vocal Health Vocal Image laryngitis presidential candidates public speaking tipsEver 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.

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Five Ways to Polish Your Vocal Image

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On this long weekend, you might want to take some time to work on your vocal image while you have some time. vocal power intention vocal imageHere are five ways you can use the time to your advantage (Note: This also might be just what you need to add the icing to the cake when you are speaking with [.].

How to create a strong voice, Part 3: Align

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

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Top 5 Business Trends in 2013: Your place, your voice

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communication Practical application vocal image Expression public speaking tips Top 5 business trendsRecently, Forbes magazine published an article by Meghan Biro called 5 Trends Defining the World of Work and Leadership in 2013. In the article, Meghan points out that “Uncertainty has increased, not decreased this past year. The country does not have its financial house in order. People of all ages and skill levels are worried [.].

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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 [.].

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

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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. Vocal Image cadence perception personal brand public speaking tips Taylor Mali up-speak upspeak

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 [.].

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 [.].

Vocal Impact Tip: Big Voice, big…

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Executive Presence Vocal Image perception personal brand pitch vocal varietyDoes 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 […].

My Mom’s Voice

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communication Storytelling vocal imageThe other day, I finally got around to going through some drawers in my office that had not seen the light of day in months, maybe years. They were filled with papers that I didn’t have time to deal with before. Now, time was my file clerk: Most of the papers were outdated and unimportant, [.].

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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 [.].

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 [.].

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 [.].

When You Must Read Aloud: The Voice in Business

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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 Ways to Pump Up Your Voice

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Speaking vocal power voice lessons public speaking tips vocal image vocal impactJust as your physical appearance, your voice can represent you either effectively or ineffectively. The question is, how do you make the switch from creating your voice through reaction and imitation to creating your voice through thoughtful application of knowledge? The answer is: you start by listening objectively. Here are 10 ways to become more [.].

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

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Vocal Image #worldvoiceday2015 exercises listening recording upspeak 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.

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Get it together

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intention vocal image public speaking tips vocal impact Designed to help you stay in the game, this is your weekly tip for maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication. What’s lurking behind your words?

Investing in Your Vocal Image: A Tale of Two Strategies

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Investing in Your Vocal Image: A Tale of Two Strategies Recently, a female executive, we’ll call her Joann, came to me, complaining that too often at the end of a long day she left the office with a hoarse voice and a feeling of utter exhaustion. Speaking vocal delivery vocal health vocal image vocal power voice lessons gender characteristics of speech intention tired voice

Fine Tune Your Vocal Image through Ear-Training: An Internet Resource

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It is the thing I call Vocal Image, a personality we create through many elements of sound including pitch, rhythm, emotion, volume, and length of tone, among others. communication Speaking vocal power voice lessons Tomatis vocal imageHow you say what you say is called prosody. I have many examples of the importance of prosody in this blog, but I have also said that [.].

Now Hear This: Taking control of your vocal image for effective speaking

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The sound of your voice—your “vocal image”—can imply such things as friendliness or hostility, tolerance or prejudice, and weakness or strength. communication Speaking vocal power cadence vocal image vocal impactAs I’ve said before, your voice is a powerful tool. Using it with awareness and skill is essential to your credibility and persuasiveness as a speaker.

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 [.].

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 [.].

Job seekers: Interviewing and Your Vocal Impact

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communication intention vocal image vocal power job interview Storytelling voice problemsRecently a reader wrote: “I was putting together some info for an article on body language during a job interview. Some of these articles mentioned the voice as well. Do you have any articles from your perspective on that?” Although I like to think that my general message is one that can be applied to [.].

3 Ways to Reveal your Authentic Voice

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communication vocal delivery vocal image Expression intention vocal impactEveryone has a gift to bring to the world. We are all unique with unique talents and perspectives. We are part of the whole, and as such, we are all important. This is what I believe, and it influences my work with voices. I am not interested in helping people develop a sound that is [.].

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, [.].

Cupid’s Arrow Valentine Giveaway: Free Voice Coaching Session

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communication vocal power voice lessons postaweek2011 vocal health vocal imageIt’s time to say what you’ve wanted to say for a very long time. You have arranged for a romantic dinner, candlelight, soft music, flowers, and all the other trappings of the perfect Cupid storm on Valentine’s Day. I’m sure the little cherub is with you, but you may still be nervous to say what [.].

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 [.].

How to Harness Your Vocal Impact: A Conversation

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communication vocal delivery vocal image vocal power vocal impactOn June 21, I had a conversation with Flora Brown, Ph.D, on her radio show. We talked about many of the things addressed on this blog, including open and closed cadence, aligning your intention with your content and your voice, and mask resonance. You will hear examples of open and closed cadence and how [.].

How to regenerate your voice when you’re rusty.and you’re ON!

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vocal power breathing intention public speaking tips vocal imageHow do you get your voice back when it’s been awhile since you’ve used it? If you haven’t been “on” for awhile, you may find yourself at a loss for voice, let alone words. Never fear, however. Here are some simple steps you can take to revive your voice, perhaps getting it in better shape [.].

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 [.].

Say it in Your Own Voice, Girlfriend!

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communication Storytelling vocal delivery gender characteristics of speech public speaking tips vocal imageI asked Denise Graveline, author of the fine blog, “The Eloquent Woman,” to tackle the topic of “finding your voice” as a woman speaker. Her thoughtful consideration of the topic gives us an appreciation for women’s unique talents and fears related to presenting. Her advice is this: to find your voice, you must start with [.].

Special offer for World Voice Day, April 16

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communication Speaking vocal delivery voice lessons public speaking tips vocal image vocal impact World Voice DayYou may not know this, but April 16 is World Voice Day. In celebration of this special day, I am offering a free seminar or webinar to a deserving non-profit. If you know of one (or ARE one) who could benefit from help with their voice, please fill out my contact form and give me [.].

The Power of Intention: The secrets your voice reveals

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communication intention Speaking vocal imageI am often surprised by the lack of research in the area of voice as a barometer for the psyche, but we all know it is. I got a voice mail from my daughter the other day. All she said was, “Hi, Mom. Call me,” but I knew something was wrong. Fortunately, it was [.].

What is Your Authentic “Voice” as a Presenter?

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communication vocal delivery vocal image public speaking tipsPlease welcome guest author Kathy Reiffenstein. Kathy is the author of Professionally Speaking, a blog on creating persuasive, confident speakers. In this post, she addresses the issue of “voice” as a speaker’s style. In presentation skills training classes, you’re usually given one of these two pieces of advice: “Be yourself! Be authentic!” OR “Do it [.].

Free Voice Training Sessions: My Valentine for You

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vocal delivery vocal health vocal image vocal power voice lessons tired voiceMy intention in offering a few free voice training sessions is to help spread the love (L.O.V.E.) this week. As Anne Karpf says, “The sound of the human voice has an unrivaled capacity to flood the listener psychologically.” ” This is from The Human Voice: How This Extraordinary Instrument Reveals Essential Clues About Who We Are [.].

Your Voice, Your Impact, Your Choice

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intention Speaking vocal delivery vocal power voice lessons public speaking tips vocal image vocal impactI am proud to see my blog on 6-Minutes’ Definitive List of public speaking blogs, and I am also proud to be addressing the use and care of one of the most important assets to a speaker (or anyone, for that matter!), the human voice. So, I’m starting the New Year off with a bit [.].

Lie to Me

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communication Speaking vocal delivery vocal imageThere it was. A sound in his voice that indicated to the experts on Cal Lightman’s team that the suspect was lying. It was a change in his sound at the end of the sentence. Dr. Gillian Foster could tell easily that the man was smiling, even though she couldn’t see him. She described his [.].

How to lend your voice to a cause, Part 1

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vocal power intention vocal imageOn Saturday night, I had the honor of co-producing an event that raised 1.2 Million for the Pacific Symphony’s education and artistic programs. I am a huge fan of the arts for many reasons, not the least of which is that I made music my career from the time I was in high school. More [.].