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Guest Post by Jack Daniel, Voice Actor: As a practitioner of the art and business of voice acting, I am necessarily a student of the craft. Not a big surprise, I should think; I know vastly accomplished VO talents—men and women who I look up to and admire deeply—who never stop working to become ever better at their profession, and who regularly work with coaches and colleagues to stay at the top of their game. No doubt it’s partly this commitment to excellence that got them where they are, and that would raise them to the top no matter what path[...]

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 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[...]

If you are recording your outgoing message for your company, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Are you comfortable with your voice? How is your tone of voice? Would your voice fall into a certain category of voicemail "styles"? Your voicemail messages represent your company. The outgoing message is often the first point of contact for your clients and customers – an opportunity to create a professional branding image! If you, or an employee, are recording the company message, here are some basic voice presentation reminders for your outgoing message: Be happy - Put a smile on your face. It[...]

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Tuesday
Aug 2015

Call me unsophisticated, call me uneducated, call me what you will, but I have never heard of the term “vocal fry” until last week. Still, I am VERY familiar with it on an experiential basis. Wikipedia: The vocal fry register (also known as pulse register, laryngealisation, pulse phonation, creak, croak, popcorning, glottal fry, glottal rattle, glottal scrap, or strohbass) is the lowest vocal register and is produced through a loose glottal closure which will permit air to bubble through slowly with a popping or rattling sound of a very low frequency. I was turned onto a very interesting debate last week on CBC[...]

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[...]

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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
Nov 2014

There is no question in my mind that SLEEP is one of the most important factors in my success as a voice talent, a business owner, and as a parent. While a good night's rest may be obvious for success in parenting, and in general, as a person who works with my voice, it's absolutely key. If exhausted, there is nothing that replaces sleep in order to speak with an even, consistent tone. If you are working with your voice as a trainer, presenter, teacher, speaker, sleep needs to be a priority. While only #4 on my list of 10 Top[...]

As part of my series on Ten Tips for Talking, "Be Self-Aware" is my number one tip. What does that mean in regards to speaking, presenting, and communicating? In short, becoming aware of HOW you sound can help you improve the sound. #1 TIP FOR USING SELF-AWARENESS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOICE: LISTEN! But how? Record your voice… ...when randomly making assorted types of personal and business phone calls – with a microphone on your phone, computer, or by webcam ...when presenting material to a group ...when working with your voice professionally (listen back to samples of your work) You will hear different tones depending[...]

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