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Tuesday
Mar 2015

Whether for a speech or consistently better communication skills, good posture and breathing technique top my list for improving your personal presentation.  Here are my six points from my post, "All the Way" for your reference: Posture and breathing Volume and projection Mental attitude, focus, and intention Physical gestures Script pacing, conversational and natural tones Imagery, word emphasis, and "throw away" phrases Looking at #1 today, leaving breathing for another post (figuratively!)… Turns out, good posture isn't just great for vocal delivery. As a Yoga Teacher, I've learned much about posture and what is best for keeping ourselves in best health. Yes, posture does affect your health. (Think[...]

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Wednesday
Mar 2015

My dear associates at CTV Northern Ontario are no stranger to the sights of what I’m seeing today in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I feel a little conflicted sharing any complaints at all, when I know the snow banks in Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Sudbury, and North Bay must be higher than our 6 foot banks. However, today must have seen THE most snow in one day, since I moved here three years ago. As a Maritime location, Halifax has a reputation for rain, freezing rain, ice pellets…you get the picture. But Mother Nature has provided quite the blast this winter[...]

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Tuesday
Mar 2015

Whether it's a nervous laugh after each sentence, a quiet talker, or an overly confident communicator, I tend to "hear" a lot more than words when listening to someone. I've talked about tone of voice in "Listen to the Music" and "More than Words", among others, and while that is an aspect of today's theme, there are other qualities or habits that we demonstrate while talking. Even a broadcast professional, in their banter on the radio or in their personal life, have off-putting habits that dilute clear communication. Everyone has their "thing". What are your "go to" habits in communicating, and, are[...]

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Tuesday
Mar 2015

As a follow up to my post on [...]

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Wednesday
Feb 2015

As a result of voicing scripts for ten years, my singing performance experience, and recent Yoga training, I've realized an astute ability to coach speakers on their personal performance of a prepared speech. I recently had the great fortune to work with "The Phone Lady", Mary Jane Copps, on a speech. Initially, Mary Jane was very confident that she knew what she was doing as a seasoned communicator. She thought she was coming to me for a few constructive comments. It came as a surprise to her that her own presentation could be improved significantly with coaching. Despite her extensive communication experience,[...]

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Tuesday
Feb 2015

One of my first jobs out of University was to watch thousands of commercials and sort them into categories for research purposes at the Television Bureau of Canada. When interviewed for the job, I remember saying, “Who wouldn’t want to watch commercials all summer?” Apparently, that clinched it for me, since no one felt quite as passionate about commercials as I did. Perhaps that was a foreshadowing into my current profession? Only recently have I acknowledged how much I still like a good commercial. After watching thousands of TV commercials at TVB and subsequently voicing several more thousand over the past ten[...]

I always thought one of the very best questions to get to know anyone was “what’s your story?” Even for someone you know, asking them on any given day “what’s your story?” will fill you in on what’s going on for them, what’s real for them in the moment. As a “singing server“ back in the ‘90’s, I was often amused by how much more my customers respected me when I opened my mouth to sing. Even more interesting to me was their reaction when they found out more of my backstory – who I was and how I came to[...]

If forty four years of life have taught me anything, it's that remaining calm is one of the most helpful things we can do for ourselves and others. Aside from the fact that it helps me daily in my business, there ain't no one that can't be helped with a cooler vibe, if you know what I mean. Maintaining calm is beneficial to our overall health. A calm mind and body allows our body to function optimally and heal continuously. In my Ten Top Tips for Talking, "staying calm" is right up there with staying hydrated and avoiding illness. If you are[...]

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Wednesday
Dec 2014

Hello Dear Reader! I am taking January off from blogging - both hibernating in Halifax and rejuvenating in Grand Cayman! Thank you for your readership in 2014. I am truly grateful. Back to it in Feb 2015! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.[...]

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Tuesday
Dec 2014

Have you seen some of my posts specific to working in the voiceover business? In case you missed them, here are my most popular posts in that category this year. "Say You, Say Me" – Pronouncing words correctly. "I Will Remember You" – Nervousness in auditions. "She Works Hard for the Money" – Working with integrity. "The Sound of Silence" – The isolation of working in voiceovers. If you find my posts about working in voiceovers interesting, please let me know! I love hearing feedback. Very best wishes for a happy holiday season![...]

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