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  • Where's the heart in your story?

    HI Guys!

    Here's a little video about infusing your heart into your story.  Enjoy!

    And as a thank you for being a subscriber, I am gifting you my audio course: "Voice It With Confidence!", which you can download for free at the following link: Enjoy!

    Thanks and may "The Voice" be with you!

  • What's Your Intention?

    So you're an expert in your field. You shower your audience with knowledge; what you know is great information that will help them tremendously. But instead of being greeted with applause, you hear crickets in the room.

    So what next? Wondering what went wrong? While there may be several factors that led to the lack of response from the audience, today we'll focus on just one: having a clear line of intention for your presentation. Recently I had an interesting conversation with a public speaking client.

    We'll call her Ginny for the purpose of this case study. In talking to Ginny she shared with me that she's an expert in financial aid for college. She described the process as a stressful one, in fact, she even went as far as to say that it was the second most stressful event in most people's lives in the U.S. There are a lot of forms to fill, and the process of getting the financial aid you need for your child to attend college can be very tedious. She also described the information as being dry.

    Herein lies the problem. While Ginny described the problem in detail, even though she knows that she could help her audience, because she regarded the information she was sharing as dry, how do you think the audience perceived it? And while she talked about the services she offers and she could help the audience, she failed to make an emotional connection with the audience.

    In digging a little deeper, Ginny shared with me the benefits of what she offered: freedom from worry about getting financial aid, or about what forms to fill -- her team walks each parent through every step of the process, and also ensures that their children get the largest possible amount of financial aid. When she shared this, you could hear the excitement in her voice.

    When I mentioned this, to her, then it clicked: what she does is give people freedom and peace of mind, knowing that their children will be able to attend college and that they’ll receive the largest financial aid package possible. Now, doesn’t that feel light and exciting? You see, when you can transfer that excitement into what you’re sharing, when you give that clear intention to everything you say, then your message becomes about something more than just giving information: it becomes about serving people, making their lives easier. And when you infuse your message with that power to the right audience, that’s when you’ll strike gold. For you and for the people you serve.

    What’s been your experience? Your comments are welcome!

    If you'd like to gain clarity and confidence every time you speak so that people can clearly hear every word you utter, I invite you to download my complimentary audio course, "Voice It With Confidence!" at:

    Until next time, may "The Voice" Be With You and thanks for spreading the word!

  • Are Allergies Hurting Your Voice?

    Here's a neat trick to combat allergies: Strip it! That's right, it's a little trick I've learned over the years as an audiobook reader, which has helped me maintain the quality of my read during the height of allergy season. And one I will share in today's blog.

    If you're a speaker or a voice over artist, you know how frustrating it can be to get congested because of allergies, and have that affect the quality of your speech.  You get to your voice over gig or audition, and all of a sudden you start getting congested and because of that, you sound all nasal.  Here's a quick fix for this: use a nose strip!  Within minutes of putting it on, you will notice how you're able to breathe easier, and how you'll sound more like your normal self.

    I'm using this neat trick right now, as I'm voicing the audiobook version book "La Fiesta Del Chivo," by the Nobel Literature Prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa.  One note: I don't start the session with the nose strip on.  It's only when I notice that I start sounding congested and nasal, that I put it on.

    And for speakers, while the above might work well for a teleclass or a radio interview, what do you do when you're in front of an audience?  Here's what you do: give yourself extra time before your engagement to use a Neti Pot to irrigate your nostrils and have some Green Tea with honey. The Neti Pot will clear your nasal passages and the hot Green Tea will loosen all the muscles in your mouth and nose and allow for easier breathing.
    Try these tricks for yourself the next time you feel congested before a Voice Over gig or speaking engagement and please share your experience in the comments section.

    And until next time, may "The Voice" be with you and thanks for spreading the word!

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