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On Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, I had the honor of attending the 2016 Action Enterpreneurship Canadian Summit and the accompanying award ceremony in Toronto for my mentor, Mary Jane Copps, who won the 2016 BDC Mentorship Award from Futurpreneur Canada. As her mentee, I was afforded the luxury of being there in person. I needed to keep tight-lipped about it up to the very last second. I can finally share... Mary Jane has worked tirelessly for decades as a mentor to young people as a “Big Sister”, a volunteer, and a mentor to entrepreneurs of all kinds. I’m delighted she is finally receiving the recognition[...]

  This week, with intensity, I organized having an aerial and interior video made for the sale of our house. As someone who has voiced many-a-real-estate-listing and is a small business owner myself, I went into the task with some high expectations for hiring the right company. From doing my research online and engaging with half a dozen video production companies, here's what I learned about service and marketing: When responding to a new customer, watch grammar, typos, punctuation. Messy correspondence leaves a bad impression. Use full sentences. No need to be formal, but being too casual also leaves a bad impression. If[...]

Moving close to L.A. is providing me with amazing opportunities that will continue be revealed with time. This Saturday, January 23rd, I'm attending the 200th episode taping of VO Buzz Weekly. This event will have Voiceover "All-Stars" attending - actors and industry professionals. I'm kinda freaking out... Not only because I have not yet driven down the I-5 into the city by myself (AND need to squeeze into Spanx), but because I'll be faced with a theatre full of people who do what I do daily and yet, have absolutely no idea who I am. Initially, I consciously decided that I would pass on attending because of the[...]

Like the Boy Scouts, working with voice talent for the first time requires you to “be prepared”. Before you engage a talent you need to sort out your own needs. What are your technical and creative requirements for the project? What is your deadline? How will you arrange payment? Is your script ready, I mean REALLY ready, to go? Here are some things to think about: Grammar, spelling, punctuation – Is your script well written? Does is still need editing? Are you proud to have the script represent you or your company? Pronouncers – Are there any tricky or regionally pronounced words? Can[...]

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Tuesday
Aug 2015

I've had a manager fired at almost every job I've ever had. This is not intentional and I can't say I wear this experience proudly. On the other hand, I AM proud of my demand for professionalism, no matter what job I held. Plus...I'm a stickler for "do as I do" and not "do as I say". I like to think of myself as a customer service expert. Working in the hospitality industry for twelve plus years gave me a great education. And, owning a business as a voice-over professional is no different. In fact, I believe most of my clients[...]

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[...]

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Tuesday
Mar 2015

  It is my pleasure to introduce to you my dear friend and mentor, Mary Jane Copps, otherwise known as The Phone Lady, as my first guest blogger. Here is her view on the personalities people take on for their outgoing voicemail messages. WHICH ONE ARE YOU? by Mary Jane Copps I’ve spent much of this past week prospecting for both myself and others and I’ve noted common characteristics among voicemail messages. Does your message match any of these … and what does this mean to your prospects and customers? The Flight Attendant This message has the same intonation and pacing as the safety procedure message we hear[...]

In keeping with my series on Ten Tips for Talking, a key element to success in using one's best voice is mental state. In preparation for any interaction, be it business or personal, starting with a positive mental outlook makes a big difference, with the first impression we leave with others, how we carry ourselves, and how we proceed in business and life. Given that our mind and body are so completely connected, it would stand to reason that what's going on in our mind would be reflected in the sound of our voice, an audible expression of our physical[...]

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Monday
Apr 2014

Occasionally people tell me that I’ve said something wrong.   I may not necessarily be offending them (although I have certainly been guilty of that), but pronouncing a word “wrong”.  For the most part, I prefer to think I’m pronouncing the word “incorrectly for the region”. It is well-known that Canadians and Americans say “out” and “about” differently.  I’ve come across several other words that I need to watch when recording.  Words such as premier, route, process, produce, adult, and organization, can be pronounced differently.  Further, some words can be the same in certain parts of the States, but different in others. Most[...]

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Monday
Feb 2014

I have struggled with the idea of starting a blog for a long time.  Bombarding people with yet another email or blog post has not sat well with me.  However, I have come to realize that now is a time when having a blog is essential in business, as a tool to demonstrate professionalism in one’s field. Over the past couple of months I have been writing steadily, in hopes of finding “my voice”.  In broadcasting school, we learned that television was meant to be educational, entertaining, and enlightening, and while we can all attest to the fact that it can[...]

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