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As part of my series on Ten Tips for Talking, "Be Self-Aware" is my number one tip. What does that mean in regards to speaking, presenting, and communicating? In short, becoming aware of HOW you sound can help you improve the sound. #1 TIP FOR USING SELF-AWARENESS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOICE: LISTEN! But how? Record your voice… ...when randomly making assorted types of personal and business phone calls – with a microphone on your phone, computer, or by webcam ...when presenting material to a group ...when working with your voice professionally (listen back to samples of your work) You will hear different tones depending[...]

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For those working with your voice – as a trainer, speaker, on the phone or even those interested in tweaking the sound of your voice, here are my personal top ten tips: Be Self-Aware – if interested in improving the sound of your voice for business, or even in general, an awareness of how you sound is the first step. Start by thinking about the following: Do you have a sense of the different voices you use in differing situations? With different people? At various times of day? With certain thoughts or feelings in any given moment? Mentally Prepare –[...]

Is there a specific marketing tool that works best for your unique business? As a “solopreneur”, I am currently obsessed with marketing. I am most intrigued by finding the right combination of advertising and marketing for any given business. With all that is now available to us in the way of marketing, the mix can be very diverse. I am currently on a mission to figure out what are must have’s in business in general. I realized nine years ago that simply a web presence for my own business was vital. I knew that a website, or even just a webpage,[...]

If you are a human on the planet earth, you can benefit from eLearning. If you are a business in the global marketplace, or a shop on the corner, there is an even greater potential here! Stay with me… From corporate presentations to pre-school education, what can be taught, can be delivered through some version of eLearning. Aside from the fact that I’ve managed to find everything from how to roll sushi to how to pronounce French words on YouTube, the potential for eLearning beyond YouTube can benefit all people and all businesses. A blog article from Edge Studio, NYC experts in[...]

The written word can be so beautifully expressive, entertaining, and educational. However, the spoken word, and even non-verbal communication, can add so much more intent to a conversation, something that is glaringly missing in email … or even in a script. Just as a picture says a thousand words, the tone of voice says so much. Are you able to get a "sense" of someone when you meet them, talk to them, engage with them? Whether it's a teller, a cashier, your best friend, or your partner I know that everyone has a sense of what another person is "feeling" through[...]

At eleven years old, I told a childhood friend that my mom had put me on a program called "25 Days to Better Health". My mother had no such plan. It was all me. I have no idea what I thought I was going to do, or where I came up with the idea, but I clearly had a penchant for self-improvement early on. In that vein, I have recently improved and refreshed my demos to better represent my voice. I've had the same commercial demo for about 4 years and it was time. [audio mp3="http://yourworkisallitalkabout.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/natasha-marchewka-commercial-demo-july-2014.mp3"][/audio]   However, in addition to my belief in[...]

One of the benefits of working in the voice-over business is learning about other businesses as a result of reading their scripts. For eLearning clients, for example, I have read material as diverse as how to build hydraulic hoses to how to collect bodily fluids for micro-biology purposes. This is fascinating stuff! Really, it is! I am always pleased to learn about different company offerings far and wide. One of my clients, eBrandz, is a company that constantly presents me with interesting topics. eBrandz, a Search Marketing company in India and purportedly the largest SEO company in the world, provides me[...]

When we first bought our home two years ago this week, my husband had the privilege of selecting and buying a home without my seeing it. When he saw the home on his visit to Nova Scotia, Canada from Grand Cayman, he knew instantly that it was the right one. Back in Cayman, I was excited to know that he managed to find something comfortable and appropriate for our family within the limitation of his two week re-con trip. However, when I saw the photos and realized that, like Harry Potter, I was relegated to a space under the stairs…I[...]

On July 1st, 2014, what will happen as a result of the upcoming Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation? Linda Daley, at Daley Progress, has turned me onto the imminent legislation. She’s gathered many educational resources and written about the implications. To be honest, I haven’t researched it in depth, because I find legalese overwhelming and intimidating, but what I do know is that things are about to change with email marketing. As someone who delivers a weekly blog by email, this new legislation has been of interest. I’m happy to know that I won’t be admonished for sending my eNewletter to all the[...]

I am going to touch on something so precious to me that I could write an epic book about it. It is something that we all share equally – not one person on this planet is given more than another and yet it is a resource so valuable that it truly is priceless. It is...time. I’ve always had a sense of the value of my time and understood that where we invest it demonstrates our priorities. It can be eye-opening to share one’s priorities, do the math as to where we actually spend our time, and realize what has taken over as priority, given the[...]

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