Dec 18 2014

Improve your voice over the holidays

Published by at 10:59 AM under Vocal Production


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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