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: 18
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: 12
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: 27
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: 20
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: 31
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: 25
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: 56
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: 27
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: 44
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: 72
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: 57
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: 54
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: 46
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: 46
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: 84
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: 59
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: 52
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: 61
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: 104
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: 97
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: 159
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: 117
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: 98
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: 101
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: 94
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: 84
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: 147
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: 218
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: 181
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: 135
I recently received an email from a man who runs a museum in Australia inquiring whether he could include my blog posts in his newsletters for his museum guides. Why would a museum guide need information on the voice? Because his employees often speak non-stop throughout their day.
Anyone ... Views: 194
The first time I heard myself on an audio recording, I was stunned – disbelieving – embarrassed. Convinced that my Sony was a cheap machine, I never considered that the other voices I heard on the recording sounded exactly like those of my friends.
How do you feel when you hear yourself on ... Views: 171
Being expressive when you speak is referred to as color. Color is heard in the various and vivid effects of your vocal sound: it is also seen in your facial expression and body language. Speaking without color is called speaking in a monotone. It is also called boring.
You can have the ... Views: 208
When it comes to the voice, one of the most common issues is that of being soft-spoken. If others cannot hear you, then your words are irrelevant. Unfortunately, those who are soft-spoken may find it harder to get a job or a promotion because the image they are projecting is not one of ... Views: 250
Learning to write a perfect speech opening is a crucial basic presentation skill, but also one of the tougher ones to master. Your opening has to be informative, establish a rapport with your audience, and generate interest in your content—all at the same time. Therefore, you should never leave ... Views: 145
Do you know the difference between diaphragmatic breathing and what you are doing right now? The chances are good that you are a shallow or lazy breather because the majority of the population breathes in this manner. What do I mean by shallow or lazy breathing? Using the upper chest for ... Views: 229
Excessive nasality or too much nose in speaking definitely has a negative impact on your listeners. A whiny voice can be shrill and is much akin to nails on a blackboard. The good news is that you can eliminate the excess nasal sounds in your voice if you practice and retrain your ‘inner ear’ ... Views: 181
I had a wonderful experience recently as the proud parent of an officer in training in the United States Army. 137 young men and women were given their branching orders. They walked onto the stage alone, faced the audience and said “I’m Intermediate Officer Candidate,” followed by their last ... Views: 167
The other day I was listening to the radio and the host was interviewing a woman who has written a New York Times bestseller about men. I am very familiar with this host and I know that the book must be very good or he would not have had this woman on the air. In fact, this is the 2nd time he ... Views: 236
When I hold a 2-day workshop and explain to the group that their assignment is to give a 4-minute informative presentation, they often look at me and question what to talk about. They also tend to think that 4 minutes is a great length of time. When it comes to public speaking, 4 minutes is ... Views: 149
In the era of Internet technologies the e- mail, social media and life chat are all ways to exchange information, but still the telephone is preferred communication tool, especially when we talk about business conversations. The way you answer your phone calls reflects on your company or ... Views: 119
A few weeks ago, out of the blue, I received an email from a radio producer in Houston, TX, interested in interviewing moi about a recent happiness study. I was thrilled and quickly accepted the invitation to be live on the radio (over the phone) the next morning. I was pleased with the result ... Views: 224
One of the most difficult problems for the middle-aged teacher is having enough voice to get through the day. While it most often effects those in their 40’s and 50’s, I am seeing it in younger teachers as well. Described as chronic hoarseness, a persistent sore throat, or even loss of voice, ... Views: 239
How to Open a Speech or Presentation
The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. All too often, this is what is heard to open the speech or presentation:
“Hi, thank you for having me. It is an honor to be here with you today. My name is ____ ... Views: 103
1. Prepare: The more you prepare and the better handle you have on the material you are presenting, the better it will go.
2. Practice: Once you have prepared, you MUST practice, early and often. Rumor has it that Churchill practiced for one hour per one minute of speech content he was ... Views: 138
One of the most frustrating things in the process of communicating with others is the inability to hear or understand the person who is talking. If you speak with a heavy accent, for example, it is very likely that your listeners are asking you to repeat yourself a lot. Should that happen ... Views: 220
Too often we concern ourselves with The How of public speaking and give much less thought to 5 other questions we should be asking of our host. Yes, your public speaking skills may be top notch, however, there are certain things you need to know before you do anything else.
All 5 questions ... Views: 136
One of the greatest challenges for those whose careers involve public speaking is vocal abuse. We see it with many who make a living by addressing an audience – from political candidates like Hillary Clinton to world-renowned motivational speakers like Anthony Robbins. Other career choices ... Views: 270
The first time I heard those specific words was from one of my clients many, many years ago. She had found her ‘real’ voice and told me that her she couldn’t believe what a fantastic tool her voice was for her business.
Let me ask you a simple question. Would you rather listen to a ... Views: 195
If you desire to be a public speaker, then you have a goal that needs to be met if you are going to be successful in your career. I am not talking about the wedding toasting, the valedictorian speech, or a travel presentation to a senior citizens group. I am talking specifically about the ... Views: 143