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VOICE MESSAGES: A Documentary About the Unsung Power and Beauty of the Human Voice "… many of us are unaware of how important our voices can be in our personal relationships and work lives. Does voice play a role in whom we choose as a mate? Do we form opinions of others based on the sound of their voices? Do we sound like our parents? And how many different voices/tones do we possess for the myriad of situations we face in our daily lives?" – Martin Zied, Producer, Director, Writer of "Voice Messages" Voice Messages is currently looking for funding. Its message resonates with[...]

I am enamored with whiteboard animation videos. It’s amazing how something so simplistic in design, can hold our attention so well. After voicing several of these for clients, I have been looking around to have one created for my own business. Like voice-overs, creating a video can certainly come in at a lot of different price points and you always “get what you pay for”. From DIY to high-end videos that are thousands of dollars, these videos are worth the investment. But who should be voicing your video? Jonathan Long of Entrepreneur talks about the use of voice-over in his blog “7[...]

Adding Audio to Your Content - Part Three - Perfecting the Vocal Presentation Even an experienced and articulate business person can use help with their presentation skills and could be speaking and communicating in a way that may be hindering their professional image. As a follow-up to my "Adding Audio to Your Content" blogs, Part One and Two, I had the privilege of offering Presentation Skills Coaching to Linda Daley of Daley Progress. We took our blog theme of producing audio content one step further to help Linda add audio to her own webpage. What needed to happen before recording her audio was[...]

Adding Audio to Your Content - Part Two - What and Where? Creating and sharing audio content makes good business sense for me as a voice actor. In Part One of my blog "Adding Audio to your Content", I mentioned that ALL business owners and sales professionals could benefit from adding the element of audio, not just those of us who are selling our voice. What to say? Introduce your business, or yourself, with a recorded greeting. Here's an example:[audio mp3="http://natashamarchewka.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/natashas-greeting.mp3"][/audio] An elevator pitch - a compelling 30-60 second story of what you do… A call to action - something you would[...]

Adding Audio to Your Content - Part One - Who? As a voice actor, someone who uses and sells their voice for a living, showcasing my voice and having an archive of recorded blogs is an obvious choice for me. Adding audio to marketing adds to the multi-media dimension, offering readers more for engagement. Lucky for me, Linda Daley of Daley Progress has embraced my audio blogs as she is able to listen to it weekly while completing other tasks! But adding the element of an audio file isn’t limited to voice actors. Including a voice in your content, be it a[...]

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Tuesday
Apr 2015

A stranger asked me for my expertise the other day…that is, a follower on Twitter whom I'd never personally met. I was delighted to hear he'd been reading my blog regularly and asked me to critique a sample of his narration as he is interested in working in voice-overs and considering posting samples on Voices.com. While his voice timbre was nice – consistent with what he has heard from others, ("You have a good voice!"), I needed to let him know what needed work. Helping him may help you, if you are wondering about your own vocal delivery. Working with your voice,[...]

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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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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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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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