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Dec 18 2014

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Improve your voice over the holidays

Published by under Practical application,singing

Designed to help you stay in the game, this is your weekly tip sheet for having maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication.


Many of you are planning to take some time off over the next couple of weeks. In fact, some of you are mandated to do so because of corporate shutdowns. Lucky you. It’s the perfect time to sit back relax, and become a better speaker. Here are three ways to let your holiday be a work out for your voice:

  1. Watch your favorite movie and listen for the use of cadence. (Remember “upspeak” and “downspeak?”) Then practice telling the story to someone and listen for your own use of cadence. Can you be more decisive? Use more downspeak. Can you be more open or friendly? Use more upspeak, but be careful on the latter. We’ve all got way too much of that going on!
  2. Is there a family member who lives far away? Record a message for them, and while you’re at it, analyze your recording for vocal variety. Can you use more? How? Try it until it sounds merry and bright.
  3. Sing holiday songs. Singing is great for your voice and great for your brain. Hum a lot and have a very happy holiday!

I will be on holiday myself over the next two weeks. I invite you to enjoy a tune from my holiday CD, Christmas Caravan,  and I look forward to reconnecting in 2015. Have a wonderful holiday season, and thank you all for reading my posts and e-blasts.

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Dec 10 2014

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: The story gives the clue

Published by under communication,Stoytelling

Designed to help you stay in the game, this is your weekly tip sheet for having maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication.

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Relationship expert John Gottman says that the best predictor of the quality of a relationship is the story you tell about it. One of my online favs, blogger Eric Barker, interviewed Gottman in a post where he challenges us to ask “Does the story minimize the negatives and celebrate the positives? Does it make the other person sound great? Or does it dwell on what’s wrong?”

Stories are terrific tools to engage others, but they are also transparent indicators of how we see the world. This holiday season, reflect on the stories you tell about the relationships in your life. Although Gottman’s approach focuses on family and couples, it’s also good to notice what stories you tell about your colleagues, your boss, your company or your community. If they are positive stories, they indicate a successful relationship. But if not, how can you change the storyline to make it better, both in the telling and in the living?

For more on creating meaningful relationships through better communication, please see my post 3 Essential Ingredients of a Meaningful Conversation.


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