Speaking with laryngitis? Don't whisper

The Eloquent Woman

The New York Times recently did some health fact-checking and looked at whether whispering is harmful to your voice , since people with laryngitis are often advised to avoid whispering, lest it further damage the vocal chords.

[video] Changing Lanes

Speaker Launcher

Most Recent Post Speaker Marketing Changing Lanes The Frog Whisperer video

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5 Steps to Turning Professional Envy Into Inspiration

Speaker Launcher

It is that ugly green-eyed monster that hops up on your shoulder and whispers in your ear, “Why aren’t I doing as well as that person?” I have clients that suffer from it. Heck, even I suffer from it from time to time.

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My First Internet Radio Interview

Speaking Of...

While many of you will be doing your holiday shopping, I'll be on air speaking with Jerry Kennedy, The Blog Whisperer, who has a new radio show about blogging. Saturday November 27, 2010 12 noon Eastern Time The Blog WhispererHope you'll be listening, either live or later to the recording. Have you made the leap to Internet radio? It's a wonderful Stage for speakers!

Nelson Mandela, 95 - Now belongs to the ages

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 As was whispered when another radical - Abraham Lincoln - died we can tearfully say, Nelson Mandela belongs to the ages. Nelson Mandela is no longer with us on earth, as a symbol of restrained, persistent defiance. He died at age 95.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

The voice whisperer: This article on how public radio reporters find their voices has much to inform your speaking voice. Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog.

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Play big

Speak Schmeak

Even when using a microphone , you still need to project your voice; the microphone makes you louder, but if you're whispering or mumbling, it's only going to magnify your whispering or mumbling. I met with two clients this week who are both dealing with the same problem: playing small.

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Play big

Speak Schmeak

Even when using a microphone , you still need to project your voice; the microphone makes you louder, but if you're whispering or mumbling, it's only going to magnify your whispering or mumbling. I met with two clients this week who are both dealing with the same problem: playing small.

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6 public speaking tips for your next protest rally speech

The Eloquent Woman

Yes, it may sound as if you're yelling, but this isn't the time for the nuanced whisper. With protests rising in number worldwide, public speakers need to dust off--or just learn for the first time--the skill of addressing a public protest rally.

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Gen Z (with Gen Alpha not far behind) As The New Influencers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's why they are heavy users of temporary platforms such as Snapchat, Whisper, and Yik Yak. For both public relations and marketing Gen Z (those born since 1998) is a game-changer. And not far behind them is Gen Alpha, that is those born since 2010.

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Six Elements of Vocal Variety and How to Master Them Part 1- Volume

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

” “The human voice is capable of producing a broad range of intensity from a faint whisper to an ear-splitting scream, but most people only use a small part of that range.” ” Let’s say we measured this vocal range on a scale of 1-10 where 1 is a whisper, and 10 is the loudest roar you could produce. What is Vocal Variety? Vocal variety is just one of nine key components of effective speaking, but it is often ignored or misunderstood.

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Are You Having a Mid-life Business Crisis?

Speaker Launcher

The Frog Whisperer: A 3-Step Approach to Finding Lasting Love was born out of crisis. It’s not uncommon for us to look outside the walls of our business and wish we were somewhere else. This is certainly what led to my own Mid-Life Business Crisis (MLBC).

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Contest Results: Official Book/Movie/Song

Humor Power

Kentucky: The Horse Whisperer. It’s time for the results of the Official State Book/Movie/Song contest. The top lines are listed below. New joke contests are announced on the first of the month. Our subscribers submitted the Official Books, Movies, and Songs for the different states. Not REAL ones. Just ones they came up with using their creativity. The next contest is November 1, 2014. Here are the top lines from this month’s contest. ** FIRST PLACE **. OFFICIAL STATE BOOK.

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Competing against yourself

Speak Schmeak

Steve Pavlina has a great post here about competing in a Toastmasters humor speech contest. The text of the speech is on John Kinde's blog , where he analyzes Steve's use of humor.

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May 13 - Give Mom Gift of Entrepreneurial Dream

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Or she's a dog whisperer. Moms are ideally suited for entrepreneurship. That's because from the get-go of their child's birth, they are figuring things out.

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Brown speaks and the BBC doesn't tell you what he says

Max Atkinson

On last night's BBC 10 o'clock News, there was another similar gem with political editor Nick Robinson standing on a balcony whispering about Gordon Brown's election strategy, while the PM himself was speaking, presumably about something else, to an audience down on the floor below (bottom left of the screen

Three traps when using images in your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Make them talk or sing out loud or let them whisper. My post Presentation Images: Are you making these mistakes? sparked many wise comments. German presentation trainer, Anke Troeder wrote about combining words and images in your presentation , and I invited her to elaborate on that comment.

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"Jason Is Gone," Vet Said: 48 hours of magical thinking

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Within 10 minutes, the Vet whispered, "Jason is gone." Maybe if I go to my 12-step meeting, Jason will figure out things.  He will rally.  He will live to 21 or more.   That was the last bit of my 48 hours of magical thinking.

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Speeches from Film: Henry V

Manner of Speaking

At times, he speaks in normal tone; at times his voice rises in a crescendo of emotion; at times he speaks in a whisper. William Shakespeare wrote many inspirational speeches for his different characters. One of the best known is the St.

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Remarkable, inspiring interview with Cesar Millan

Presentation Zen

show ( Dog Whisperer ), but I did not realize what an incredible story he. The other day, while surfing the net on the bullet train to Tokyo, I. stumbled on a great interview with Seth Godin conducted by Bryan. Elliott.

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Dial it back, speakers: When you *don't* need extra emphasis

The Eloquent Woman

So you can whisper, if you want to.as When coaching speakers at TEDMED or for TEDx conferences, I often find myself asking them to take off a few layers of emphasis.

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Famous Speech Friday: Virginia Woolf's 1931 "Professions for Women"

The Eloquent Woman

Directly, that is to say, I took my pen in my hand to review that novel by a famous man, she slipped behind me and whispered: "My dear, you are a young woman. British author Virginia Woolf has always been a muse of mine.

Rhetorical Devices: Epistrophe

Manner of Speaking

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom through the darkest of nights: Yes we can. This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Epistrophe (also known as Epiphora). Origin : From the Greek ????????? epistrofi), meaning “turning about&# or “upon turning&#. In plain English: Repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive sentences or clauses.

5 famous speeches by women that made secrets public

The Eloquent Woman

Betty Ford's 1975 speech to the American Cancer Society came at a time when admitting you had cancer just wasn't done in American society--it was whispered about, a source of shame. It's one thing to slip up and spill the beans in a conversation.

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Reader question: What to do when the audience buzz distracts you

The Eloquent Woman

Take the time to come up with a quick one-liner or aside that will let the entire audience know that you can hear the whisperers, and get them to be quiet at the same time. "I Recently, I asked readers to share an answer to "What are you looking for here about public speaking?"

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Dirty Talk: Titillating or Turn-Off

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  There is a blurry line, but a line, between eliciting an erotic response with off-color whisperings and doing it so ineptly that one invites a slap in the face. We healthy sexual animals know that dirty talk can be titillating or a turn-off.    So our interest peaked when we read in THE DAILY NEWS that CNN legal analyst and THE NEW YORKER writer on subjects such as the U.S. Supreme Court allegedly talked dirty to a woman 15 years ago. 

Two unconventional (okay, downright weird) anxiety techniques

Speak Schmeak

I tell students that they can do this technique anywhere: In the car, and even at the speaking venue (I say, “Hold up your notes and whisper and people will think you’re practicing.”).

Famous Speech Friday: Elizabeth Glaser and Mary Fisher convention speeches on HIV/AIDS

The Eloquent Woman

Then, their children and yours may not need to whisper it at all." Count how many times she compares the "whisper" or "quiet" surrounding HIV to the "voice," messenger," and "call" that she hopes will replace them.

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The Economist & Donald Trump - They share cocky tone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Are we to assume that the content is created in heaven by God, whispered into a scribe's ear  and published by minions laboring anonymously in the public interest?

Two unconventional (okay, downright weird) anxiety techniques

Speak Schmeak

I tell students that they can do this technique anywhere: In the car, and even at the speaking venue (I say, “Hold up your notes and whisper and people will think you’re practicing.”).

My Biggest Blunders of 2011

Speaker Launcher

If I had my time back, I would start blogging 3 years before launching “The Frog Whisperer” (a book on love and dating). I think it’s healthy to learn from your mistakes, don’t you? And in this situation, by sharing, I might help you avoid some of my biggies.

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Do You Have a Speaking Tic?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I’ve seen a thousand tics over my years as a speech coach, and I’ve had a thousand people come up to me and point out someone else’s tic, usually in whispered tones, along with, “Can’t you fix them?”. Some people say “like” and “you know,” so often that you want to strangle them. Others say “um” often and enthusiastically. Some people swallow nervously and spasmodically. Some people let their voice swing up in pitch at the end of every sentence as if they were always asking questions.

12 famous speeches by women on disability

The Eloquent Woman

She used the theme of "whispers" about AIDS in a speech that is widely considered one of the best of the 20th century. In The Eloquent Woman Index of famous speeches by women , disability is a recurring theme.

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The Show Must Go On.

Speak and Deliver

That''s the first time I was given the advice not to whisper, as it would hurt my voice. A couple of weeks ago, I was booked to speak at my Advanced Toastmasters Club, Professional Presenters.

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July 12for12 Challenge: Get Creative With Your Voice

Speak Schmeak

When you rehearse your presentation, make note of where you could speak a little louder, incorporate a dramatic pause, bring your voice to a whisper, or speed up when you want the audience to get excited. Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet?

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Talk About the Talk: Ann Davison's remembrance of Rod Durham

The Eloquent Woman

I could imagine him whispering, “You go girl!” (Editor's note: Ann Davison, who chairs Burson-Marsteller's U.S. public affairs and crisis practice, is a longtime colleague of mine--we served together as senior officials at the U.S.

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Toastmasters Friday: It's a Lab - Experiment!

Speak and Deliver

What if I changed my opening to me looking at a sheet of paper, looking panicky as I stared at my audience, and whispered the words to myself - encouraging my 7th grade self to "Say Something", vs. just telling the story as narrative, as I had, effectively, so many times before?

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Conquer the fear of public speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

The Christian in the arena whispered something to the lion. Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking. Let’s begin by hearkening back to a time when Romans considered it to be good sport to feed Christians to the lions. One day, the festivities had been going as usual when a strange thing happened. The lion then turned tail and slunk away. The crowd was amazed. The Emperor was impressed.

How does the audience know when you're done?

Speak Schmeak

They stood there, shuffling their feet, looking nervously at the audience and whispering to each other. On Sunday, I watched a performance of a competitive cheer team (I don't think they call it cheerleading any more. ).

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Another masterpiece from 3 years ago with loads of 3 Part Lists composed by Wobbly Williams

Max Atkinson

You are hearing whispers of a better future from people who are faceless. The whisperers exist. 15 MARCH 2011 Results of the defend a doomed dictator speechwriting competition In case you''re wondering what this is all about, you can catch up on the details here: Defend a doomed dictator speechwriting competition The speeches Doomed dictator Twitter challenge: the sound bite winners Results And the (first-past-the-post) winner is. Julien Foster for speech D (see below). Second is.

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