Your (Executive) Presence is Required
MAY 12, 2016
Executive Presence Presence mask resonance perception public speaking tips vocal powerHow to demonstrate Executive Presence through your voice In 2012, the Center for Talent Innovation published a now-famous study about executive presence.
How to inspire others
APRIL 12, 2017
Is it power? Musings be inspirational engagement inspiration perception vocal powerWhat makes a talk or conversation inspiring? Is it magic? Is it beauty that inspires? Is it joy, pain, or sorrow?
5 ways to improve your voice in 2017
DECEMBER 31, 2016
Miscellaneous Vocal Health practicing public speaking tips vocal powerMany 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.
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.
Would it help if I sounded like a man? 5 Techniques for Quiet Talkers
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
Many women think that a powerful voice is a low voice. Executive Presence gender mask resonance vocal powerPerhaps 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 […].
5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)
NOVEMBER 19, 2013
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?”
Help for Tired Voices: The 5 Habits of a Healthy Voice
APRIL 6, 2014
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How to create a strong voice, Part 4: Practice
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
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The Case for Cracking a Smile
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
Presence engagement perception public speaking tips vocal powerLast 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.
Finally, a 2015 trend you can really use
DECEMBER 22, 2015
Musings mask resonance practicing vocal power Happy HolidaysThe year in review from the standpoint of Google searches tells a lot about what interests people. Although my own little year in review is based on searches too, I admit that it cannot compete with the search trends that lead to results such as the Kardashians’ lips or pumpkin seed recipes. No, people find […].
What babies can teach us about better speaking
NOVEMBER 12, 2014
Speaking vocal health vocal power breathing Lung Cancer Awareness public speaking tips voice problems 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.
Pause: Create a Powerful Presence Through Silence
JUNE 15, 2010
For this reason alone, silence is a powerful tool. Speaking vocal delivery vocal power breathing delivery vocal impactIn a non-stop world, we have become non-stop speakers. 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 [.].
How to create a strong voice, Part 3: Align
AUGUST 23, 2013
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 […].
Raise Your Voice! Autistic girl finds hers
NOVEMBER 3, 2013
Raise Your Voice Speaking vocal health vocal power autism Expression TEDx voice problems In September, I was honored to coach a father/daughter team at TEDx OrangeCoast. The talk was about their experience with autism. You will be amazed by their story.
Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Purpose and Repartée
MARCH 3, 2015
Intention Public Speaking conversations engagement networking personal brand practicing vocal power 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 […].
How Green is Your Voice? Take the test
OCTOBER 2, 2014
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 […].
An interview with your voice
OCTOBER 12, 2015
Musings Vocal Health exercises perception personal brand vocal powerHow 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.
The Aging Voice: Thicker middle, thinner voice
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
Vocal Health aging voice ENT exercises otolaryngology Speech Language Pathologist tired voice vocal powerIf you are over 50, you may have noticed your voice growing weaker, or phlegmier, or sounding more tired than it used to.
You had me at “hello”
OCTOBER 15, 2014
Practical application vocal power voice lessons Boyd Blackwood breathing intention Life''s a pitch podcast vocal health Recently, I was interviewed by Boyd Blackwood as part of his very informative podcast series on iTunes called “Life’s a Pitch.” ” Boyd has interviews with many pros on the topic of presenting and persuading in order to prosper, and I highly recommend the series. The interviews are lively, entertaining and always informative and actionable, and […].
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
You can’t just increase the volume to create power in a voice. intention vocal power delivery Life of Pi Vision vocal impact 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 Create a Sexy Voice
FEBRUARY 14, 2012
vocal image vocal power sexy voice Valentine's DayThe other day, I was speaking with a woman who has chronic laryngitis. Her voice is very low and husky, and she gets lots of comments on “that sexy voice.” To me, it sounds tired and unhealthy, but I know people who want that sound because they DO think it’s sexy. So the questions I [.].
Five Ways to Polish Your Vocal Image
FEBRUARY 12, 2010
vocal power intention vocal imageOn this long weekend, you might want to take some time to work on your vocal image while you have some time. Here 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 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 [.].
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 [.].
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 [.].
What’s your Laryngitis trying to tell you?
APRIL 7, 2011
vocal health vocal power laryngitis postaweek2011Years ago, I was performing a role in a show when I came down with a bad case of laryngitis. I did not have a cold, and it wasn’t clear to me how I had contracted laryngitis, but there was no doubt that my voice was gone. Since the show needed to go on and [.].
How to Sing in a Bar/Pub…and why
MARCH 16, 2011
vocal health vocal power Great American SongbookIt’s Saint Paddy’s day and I thought it was a good time to resurrect an earlier post as my gift to all pub crawlers. There’s nothing worse than someone singing at a bar who has no idea what they are doing. In an effort to contribute to the masses in honor of my Irish heritage, [.].
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 [.].
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 [.].
The King’s Speech and Extreme Vocal Repair
JANUARY 27, 2011
vocal health vocal power laryngitis postaweek2011 The King's Speech voice problemsThe remarkable movie, The King’s Speech, [link] is a must for anyone interested in the human voice. It illustrates the struggle to find one’s voice under dire circumstances. Most of us will never know the agony of a stutterer, or the frustration of someone with chronic laryngitis or spasmodic dysphonia, although the problem is more [.].
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 [.].
3 steps for last minute prep for a presentation.
OCTOBER 20, 2010
Practical application Speaking vocal power intention public speaking tips voice lessonsAfter a recent post I wrote for Six Minutes, I was surprised to hear some of the responses from readers. The post was a workout for the voice, and several people said they didn’t know that you could train your voice like you do the rest of your body. What else do you want to [.].
Remebering 9/11: A Thousand Candles
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
vocal powerThis video was created after 9/11/2001. It is a tribute to the victims and also to the Love displayed by so many who lit candles with the belief that we can create a better world even in our grief, and that we must do that for the sake of the many lives lost. It was [.].
Raise Your Voice! Music gives voice to special needs children
NOVEMBER 14, 2012
Raise Your Voice vocal power singing vocal healthThere is another Kate’s Voice on the Web. In fact there are two others, and both are noble causes. This month, I am highlighting www.katesvoice.org. A couple with a special needs daughter, Kate, recognized that her love for music was a path to developing a wide range of skills. It gave her a voice in [.].
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 [.].
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 [.].
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 Memorize a Talk
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
Practical application vocal power Memorization public speaking tips voice lessonsWhen I memorize a piece of music or a talk, it doesn’t take long before I see the pages in my head. I flip through them mentally as I go along. I know this happens after repeated exposure to a written document. In fact, I seem to remember all of my notes and scribbling, too. [.].
Ten Lessons of Life I Learned by Breathing
AUGUST 27, 2010
vocal health vocal power voice lessons breathingI had been singing and teaching voice for quite awhile when I had an important realization; I have learned a lot about living by learning a lot about breathing. Frankly, breathing is essential for living. It is natural and reflexive. It should be easy, but when the physical demands of singing are added to this [.].