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I don't trust people who speak with a "Radio Voice". It's another sign that there's a wall up, a barrier to the real person. At one point, I worked with a new hire at a radio station. Every time this young guy spoke, he spoke at a volume too loud for the intimate surroundings of the management floor, in a real showy style. I recall questioning (perhaps inappropriately) his need to speak so loudly. His response was that it was his RADIO VOICE. (echo, echo, echo) I told him to "can it". (…hopefully in the most kind and compassionate way.) A renowned blogger[...]

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Tuesday
Dec 2014

Have you seen my numerous posts on working with your voice? In case you missed some, here are the most popular posts in that category this year! "Keep Talking" – Top Ten Tips for your voice. [...]

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Monday
Aug 2014

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 –[...]

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[...]

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Monday
May 2014

Back in the 1990’s I had the unique opportunity to work as a singing waitress at a couple of different restaurants.  Both jobs proved to be some of the best I’ve ever had - I hustled, serving tables, making cash in hand quickly, while also allowing a place for my love of singing and performance AND impressing customers, thus encouraging larger tips. To say it was a unique situation, is an understatement.  Singing for restaurant customers, often right up to their table, was very intimate.  And, when someone said, “Okay, sing for me!” you did it right there on the spot.[...]

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Monday
Mar 2014

In the study of Meditation, we are taught to be in the “pause”.  Simply, this means to allow for space between thoughts. In voice-overs, equally important is the pause, also between thoughts, phrases, or sentences. Working with thousands of scripts over the years, I am always refining the pause, perfecting the timing.   It feels intuitive, something you just know.  But whether innate or learned, the rhythm of a script is indeed musical.  As each script hums along, slow and thoughtful or quick and high energy, the pauses are of utmost importance in bringing it to life, at times making it sound conversational,[...]

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