We tend not to think about it because the voice we hear in our head sounds pretty good. When we are confronted with our voice on an iPhone or voicemail, however, we are disbelieving. It’s a little like looking in the mirror when you're 50 pounds overweight and seeing yourself 50 pounds ... Views: 21
Mistakes will occur in public speaking. It is a fact. However, there are things you can do to avoid some mistakes if you know your audience.
It was a lovely Saturday at a resort on Lake Huron in Canada. I was scheduled to give an afternoon talk to a few hundred lawyers and their spouses. ... Views: 11
Don’t you just hate it? The voice you know in your head sounds fabulous and then your hear yourself on your voicemail and suddenly you are subjected to a whiny, nasal sound that is unrecognizable. You may also find it embarrassing, appalling, or disgusting. Whatever your reaction, what you ... Views: 43
The reasons for public speaking are many and varied. Valedictorians deliver graduation speeches. Politicians address audiences for their votes. Best men toast grooms. College students are required to give speeches as part of their communications courses. The list goes on and on. Some of ... Views: 33
Are you aware of how powerful a tool you could have in your speaking voice? Think about those voices which make you stop and listen. When you hear the likes of Diane Sawyer, James Earl Jones, Kathleen Turner, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, and Felicia Rashad, you are drawn to listen. These ... Views: 53
Do you know that the most significant roadblock to being a confident public speaker is emotional in nature? Do you know that even the most successful public speakers can become immensely more successful if they could somehow permanently address their fears of rejection, inadequacy, sounding ... Views: 56
Do you panic at the thought of giving a speech? Are your fears of public speaking ruining your career or chances of success? Have you had early childhood experiences in front of crowds where you felt humiliated, embarrassed, ashamed, small, weak, vulnerable, stupid, unintelligent, or inadequate, ... Views: 57
Do you know that being an effective public speaker is more about simply being your True Self than about learning new skills? Do you know that if you struggle with public speaking it means that your True Self has been suppressed by years of societal and family expectations? Finally do you know ... Views: 44
‘What did you say?’ How many times do others ask you those four simple words? Frustrating, isn’t it?
If you are tired of constantly repeating yourself or having others ask you to repeat yourself, don’t you think it is time that you did something about it? Your volume is not something that ... Views: 64
Often the purpose of our seminar or workshop is to turn audience members into customers.
Presenting your one-off workshop as a portion of a much larger body of work creates subtle selling without the hard-sell. Here are four ideas that provide this sense:
1. Use your book as a ... Views: 73
What is the most important thing you focus on when you have a date to speak? Is it your content? Perhaps it is your nerves. Maybe you focus on your delivery. What is important to recognize if you are interested in improving your presentation skills is that the reason for public speaking is not ... Views: 54
In less than a week, millions of Americans and Canadians will get together with friends and family to watch the largest sporting event in our country. And, during those 4 hours of play, a lot of fans will experience sore throats, hoarseness, and possibly even loss of voice. Many people will ... Views: 72
With the world becoming a huge melting pot, we are hearing accents wherever we go and whatever we listen to. This article is not about getting rid of your accent. Accents are part of what makes you, you. I would never advocate trying to eliminate it. The only problem with an accent or even ... Views: 100
Considered one of the most demanding actors/singers in Hollywood, Barbra Streisand strives for perfection in all her films and recordings. In either of these 2 situation in which you can edit, touch up, add or detract her, you might be able to say that the finished product is perfect. However, ... Views: 93
While public speaking may be man’s greatest fear, you don’t have to allow it to be yours. Begin by thinking of it as a conversation between you and your audience. Such being the case, what do you normally do when you are talking to others?
1. You talk about a subject familiar to you, ... Views: 81
Sometimes, the least inspiring part of the Sunday service is listening to the lector read the lessons for the day. If you are a lector, why not paint a picture with your voice when you tell the story? Instead of their eyes being glued to their programs or Bibles, your congregants will be ... Views: 112
One of the difficulties people have with their speaking voice is that they have no control over it. They push hard from their throat and vocal cords to speak instead of allowing their sound to be powered by their chest cavity. And the difference between these two practices can be quite ... Views: 147
When I was in graduate school studying music composition, my singing professor told me that I was not using my ‘real’ voice when I spoke. I had no idea what she was talking about. I thought the voice you had was the voice you would always have. She then explained that the pitch of my ... Views: 249
One of the 1st things you do when you start a new business is to create a business card. While the purpose of the card is to identify you and your business, your goal with that card is to project a positive image of that business. In fact, you should probably hire a creative talent to design ... Views: 181
If a persistent sore throat or chronic hoarseness is something you are experiencing, your 1st step is to find out the cause. If left unattended, it will likely get worse and possibly result in permanent damage to your speaking voice. What I am talking about is known as vocal abuse and it is ... Views: 166
While your delivery skills may be excellent and your material topnotch, what about that of your competition? Do you know who they are and what they talk about? There is no doubt that the business of public speaking comes with a great deal of stress; however one means of reducing that angst ... Views: 130
In my own personal experience speaking at conferences and presenting workshops has been the most effective way of recruiting new clients.
Many years ago the idea of presenting anything in front of an audience greater than a few people was absolutely terrifying to me. Today however I feel like ... Views: 124
At the heart of many public speaking phobias is, among other fears (i.e. looking foolish, making a mistake, going blank, etc.) is the fear of having the audience reject you through negative comments/reactions, criticisms or an overall bad review. This can be extremely traumatizing for ... Views: 117
Unless there is a physiological problem, everyone has the ability to speak in different volume levels. My complaint with the soft-spoken is that they do not speak at a normal volume level. Notice what I just said. NORMAL. If you are soft-spoken, then you do not speak in a normal level of ... Views: 146
There are a number of traits that dynamic speakers have in common, all of which culminate in one specific attribute. Please note that not all ‘professional’ speakers are great in their delivery skills so I am not talking about everyone who makes a high salary on the public speaking circuit. ... Views: 125
When I first started my voice business, my husband remarked that he did not understand what my clients were saying in their ‘before’ recording. He was, however, able to understand everyone in their ‘after’ clips. Why were my clients speaking more clearly in their ‘after’ recording? While I ... Views: 181
The answer really depends on your topic. There is one situation in which the answer would be, ‘no.’ Let’s say, for example, that you have survived a death-defying event and are being interviewed on TV to talk about your experience. Labeling yourself as an expert is a non-issue. However, if ... Views: 98
Do you know that most people experience shyness to some degree? In many cases shyness is so debilitating that it sabotages relationships and career success. Do you know that underneath that shyness lurks a more sinister problem i.e. a deep need for validation, acceptance, appreciation, ... Views: 129
If you are looking for a professional image, is the sound of your speaking voice helping that image or is it a detraction? Bear in mind, the voice I am talking about is the one you hear on your voicemail or answering machine and not what you hear in your head.
Sounding like a 12-year-old ... Views: 175
There are some things you can avoid in public speaking which will help ensure that you are a success the next time you address an audience. Please understand that I am not talking about the occasional mistake which happens to all who are presenting. What I am referring to are specific ... Views: 105
Do you get the jitters just before a presentation? Do you find your mind starts to go blank or you're unable to think or speak coherently as you attempt to get in front of a crowd? Would you like to learn a simply yet powerful exercise that you can do yourself whenever you want to feel more ... Views: 122
This article is meant to give you a powerful introductory transformative experience in helping you to be a more confident and relaxed public speaker. It employs a new tool I call the Mind Resonance Process ®(MRP). So if you're one of those people you may wish to follow along.
So you have a ... Views: 105
I love to hear the excuses my clients give for why they did not do well at their last speaking engagement. Whatever the excuse, in most cases, the real reason for this problem is lack of preparation. I cannot tell you how many people tell me that they went over their material several times and ... Views: 106
If you are experiencing hoarseness or a sore throat which will not go away, it could be vocal abuse. For many of my clients who complain of one or both of these problems, after a visit to an Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialist, they are told that there is no physical problem. Often the vocal cords ... Views: 239
Do you know that public speaking fears can be deleted as simply as one deletes outdated software from a computer hard drive? Do you know that means one will feel supremely confident, relaxed and resilient for any presentation even if they have not prepared in advance? Is that hard to believe? ... Views: 115
Do you know that the fear of rejection is one of the most significant emotional roadblocks to be being an effective and confident public speaker?
Do you know this, as well as a host of other debilitating emotional blocks such as the fear of humiliation, embarrassment, shame, looking or ... Views: 115
Breathlessness is not just a problem for those who are involved in some form of strenuous activity. It is also a problem for many novice public speakers. Add nervousness to the picture and you have the perfect recipe for losing control of your delivery: as you try to catch up on your ... Views: 123
What is a phobia?
It is the fear of and avoidance of a situation, place, or thing.
I call the situation, place or thing the "stimulus".
What is the root cause of a phobia?
It is an unconsciously buried traumatic experience that has become associated with the stimulus and which ... Views: 155
You've had many years of training in your craft as a performer, singer, actor etc. but if you still feel haunted by the ravages of Performance Anxiety your career may be in serious jeopardy.
Performance Anxiety, that familiar nemesis to all performers is often experienced as some or all the ... Views: 177
To successfully motivate a team, you must follow a series of important steps. Once you've set these preconditions in motion, you can then persuade your audience to act towards a particular goal or direction. Motivational speeches work well with both, small groups needing some pep talk, and with ... Views: 19
Do you choke up, start sweating, feel your heart start pounding and racing, get panicked, get dry mouth, tense up, go blank, feel totally out of control and/or pass out when you are asked to speak in front of others? Do you know these are classic signs of a debilitating public speaking fear that ... Views: 320
Do you know it's possible to make your public speaking fears disappear to the extent you won't even remember you had the problem in the first place? Does that sound hard if not impossible to fathom? Well, the truth is that your public speaking fears are driven by subconsciously stored negative ... Views: 205
Do you know that the most significant roadblock to being a confident public speaker is emotional in nature? Do you know that even the most successful public speakers can become immensely more successful if they could somehow permanently address their fears of rejection, inadequacy, sounding ... Views: 166
Do you panic at the thought of giving a speech? Are your fears of public speaking ruining your career or chances of success? Have you had early childhood experiences in front of crowds where you felt humiliated, embarrassed, ashamed, small, weak, vulnerable, stupid, unintelligent, or inadequate, ... Views: 178
Do you know that being an effective public speaker is more about simply being your True Self than about learning new skills? Do you know that if you struggle with public speaking it means that your True Self has been suppressed by years of societal and family expectations? Finally do you know ... Views: 167
When it comes to speaking with more emotion, more life, more color, many people think it is just the voice with which they need to be concerned. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your facial expression and body language are just as important as your vocal variety.
Think of what you ... Views: 154
Have you ever felt moved while listening to a charismatic motivational speaker?
If you boil down to one factor what it was that moved you what would that be?
Well likely that the speaker was appealing to you as a human being, that is to your emotional heart. He/She likely awakened the ... Views: 324
Would you like a deeper speaking voice? Perhaps you are over 21 and think your voice sounds too young. Maybe you feel that your voice is wimpy, strident, harsh, whispery, or nasal. The good news is that you actually have a deeper or lower voice inside of you. It is there just waiting to be ... Views: 375
Today there are numerous ways you can improve the sound of your speaking voice. There are books, CDs, DVDs, webinars, private sessions, group sessions and even Skype. I find that one of the most effective means of discovering your ‘real’ voice is the 2-day workshop.
While voice training ... Views: 311
I recently attended my uncle’s memorial service and it was wonderful to watch 4 of his 6 children talk about him. There is no doubt that all were experiencing butterflies as they stood at the lectern but they did an excellent job controlling their nervousness. The expression of their emotions, ... Views: 248