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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
May 2015

When talking to others, in casual conversation or a formal setting, being aware of where you put the emphasis on your words is important to communicate more clearly and effectively and to avoid misunderstanding. I’m a stickler for HOW people speak. And, word emphasis fascinates me because it changes the meaning of a sentence, phrase, or idea, simply with the tone, energy, modulation of our voice. Consider this sentence with the emphasis on each separate word: HOW do you know Bessie Smith? How DO you know Bessie Smith? How do YOU know Bessie Smith? How do you KNOW Bessie Smith? How[...]

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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[...]

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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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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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