Not being heard is frustrating. Not being taken seriously is even more frustrating. Sometimes a stronger, more authoritative voice makes all the difference.continue reading
Hack your posture to strengthen your voice
Over the years a number of clients have come to me because their voice was tired, strained, scratchy, unreliable, or generally thin-sounding. For some of these people, the only thing we needed to address was their posture.continue reading
Is laughter really the best medicine? (Yes. Yes it is.)
As cliché as it may sound, laughter is legit medicine. Stress affects the voice in a ton of ways, and laughter truly helps.continue reading
What is “presence” and how do you get it?
Presence is the ability to project composure, grace, confidence, poise, and self assurance, especially in high-pressure situations. People with presence tend to be open and appear to assume everyone is their friend. They are good listeners (click here to check out my blog post on upping your listening skills), and they connect with people and engage with them in an authentic manner that leaves people feeling included and equal.continue reading
Don’t let mouth noises ruin your recording
Whether they are clicky, sticky or slurpy, mouth noises are a time-consuming pain for VO actors and anyone creating audio recordings. Depending on the nature of the recording, you either need to re-do it, edit out all those little sounds without affecting the speech, or foist the sounds on your listener.
Best just to avoid them in the first place.continue reading
Claim your right to speak. Now.
We all hide. Even the most brazen of us sometimes don’t want to be fully seen (or, as the case may be, heard). So let’s just acknowledge that normal occurrence.
It’s natural to “pull your punches”, or commit less than 100% to what you are saying, if there is any modicum of doubt around your content, or how you think it will be perceived.continue reading