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
Feeling stuck? Do this one thing
Feeling stuck? Yeah, me too.
Here’s a conversation I just had with myself in my head. I gave myeslf a great reminder!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
Calm your body and mind in two minutes
Inhale for 4 seconds, and exhale for 8 seconds. Do this for two minutes.
Now let’s talk about why that works.continue reading
Video: How to manage stage fright
I teach voice and dialects at a training center called Acting Studio Chicago. They recently asked me to turn my blog post Kick “stage fright” to the curb in three simple steps into a 1 minute teacher tip video.continue reading