Category: voice

The 6 Keys to a Confident Voice

Sound More Confident – Speaking Confidently – The Voice of Confidence!

Today I’ve been playing around on Twitter as I’ve only just discovered how the # works! (Embarrassing but true!) So I hunted for #confidence and #voice and although I didn’t search exhaustively I couldn’t see anything much about how to use your voice to sound more confident, if you want to.

There are many times when sounding confident could be useful!

If you have been to any of my talks you may remember a story I often repeat about when I was working with a CEO of a large PLC whose shares would go down each time he presented to the city. If you don’t already know – that isn’t the idea!

Is Sound a Secret Healer?

Just a quick blog post today as I have loads to do right now. But I felt moved to jot down some thoughts on whether Sound is an underrated healer – or damager!

Do you love the sound of the ocean or wince at another loud siren passing you on the street?

Do people feel better when you have been talking to them – or worse!!

Have you even ever considered that your voice is a sound tool that could be healing your listeners?

When I hurt my knee some years ago and was sent for some physiotherapy the therapist used a machine that buzzed on my damaged knee with first very low pitched sub-sonic and then very hight pitched super sonic sound waves.

Presenting – what makes an inspiring presentation?

Have you ever attended a presentation and felt bored, had difficulty absorbing the information, or worse, had difficulty staying awake?

What makes a presentation really inspiring and engaging and what captures hearts and minds so that everyone who hears it, leaves feeling exactly as the presenter hopes?

Many people spend hours on making fun or informative slides to show. Many people have attended presentation skills courses. But very few people indeed really understand what is at the root of a thoroughly inspiring presentation. Sadly, many people imagine that they just aren’t lucky enough to be a naturally engaging and interesting presenter. The truth is, with a little bit of knowledge and understanding of what really grabs listeners it is possible to upgrade your presenting skill hugely. Hint: it’s not what you say, but the way that you say it!

Is Alan Watts a rubbish public speaker?

Watch this to hear him talk! Life and Music – Alan Watts

I love this guy!

I listen to his talks a lot and they are filled with wisdom and food for thought.

As a public speaker at first I thought he was a nightmare.

He is a hesitant speaker and often seems ‘arhythmic’ in his delivery and he goes off on tangents, and to begin with I couldn’t believe his delivery which at best seemed clunky. And yet….

Want to give a great talk? Warm up your voice first!

Want to give a great talk? – it’s worth warming up your voice!

Would you run a race without warming up your muscles? Any coach would tell you that you are crazy if you didn’t.

Most people take their voice for granted.

And yet as well as a way of expressing your feelings and thoughts, ideas and inspiration, your voice is still a part of your body and the physicality of it deserves the same consideration you would give your muscles before running a race.

If you have ever ‘lost’ your voice you will know how annoying and frustrating it feels.

3 things you can do now to get your voice sounding sweeter

If you want to make an immediate difference to the way your voice sounds here are 3 cool tips for you. I have to say that if you want to make a permanent difference by using these tips then practice is the way to go. Our bodies are very habitual so making this a habit involves practice. Like many things to do with the way we think and our output behaviours, doing it deliberately to start with and then practising it is what makes it stick. It won’t take very long before your unconscious

Voice Power

I wrongly read the collection time sent by text and turned up 2 hours early at the airport.

Instead of wasting time berating myself, (see previous post) I decided it was an opportunity for a quiet read – but I hadn’t brought the book I was midway through.

So I headed to the bookshop where I saw a book called, “Talk Like Ted”,(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Talk-Like-TED-Speaking-Secrets-ebook/dp/B00HPYMTOO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408013973&sr=8-1&keywords=talk+like+ted) and as it was about powerful presentations I thought I would buy it and see what they had to say about how to use your voice to make a greater impact and engage the audience more fully.

Send or Post Your Questions

Well, I have had a busy few months. At last, I am ready (I hope!) to start using this space in a way that can be useful to you. What I am going to do is to copy in any emails sent to me (send them to laura@laura-spicer.com and put blog question in the subject line) asking me for online help. I will then post the replies.

This way, I maximise the benefits to everyone and use my time constructively. In most cases, you won’t be the only one suffering with the same problem and so you will be doing others a favour by asking and getting a reply posted.

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