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Oct 23 2014

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Don’t do it!

Published by under vocal health

It’s that scary time of year again.  Yup.  Football season!  You are going to be watching TV or at a stadium and “surprise!” you will be screaming again.  Your significant other will punch you in the ribs and tell you that you just blew out their eardrum, and that’s bad enough.  But the worst part is that you will blow out your voice.  What to do?  Here are some suggestions:

Superbowl Party1. A surefire cure is to only go to games where you don’t care who wins.

2. Don’t do it.  Say to yourself, “We are going to jump up and down and wave our arms instead of screaming.” Then do that.

3. If you do get carried away, stop after one scream. Catch yourself before you do further damage.  Bring on the duct tape if you have to.

4. If you DO wreak havoc on your vocal folds, dump out your coke and go for the hot tea or coffee. Get some healing going immediately.

5. Finally, if you are still allowed in bed after that outburst, be quiet and get some rest.  Your voice will thank you for it.

For more on what’s scary, please see my brilliant Halloween post, “3 Steps to Create a Voice for Your Costume and Be a Better Speaker, Too.  I love this one!

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Oct 15 2014

You had me at “hello”

Beautiful red lips with white speech bubblesRecently, I was interviewed by Boyd Blackwood as part of his very informative podcast series on iTunes called “Life’s a Pitch.” Boyd has interviews with many pros on the topic of presenting and persuading in order to prosper,  and I highly recommend the series. The interviews are lively, entertaining and always informative and actionable, and Boyd presents background on the topics and presenters that is also worth hearing.

During my 17 minutes of fame, Boyd and I discussed the basics of vocal impact or how you are perceived by the sound of your voice, starting with ‘hello.’ We discussed what makes a voice interesting, at what pitch to speak (different from what pitch to give!,) and how to care for your voice. Take a listen, and hum along to try out the exercise I gave him.

Let me know what you think.





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