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4 Tips to Make Your Voice Sound Less Boring
When you think back on the greatest teachers you ever had growing up, chances are the reason you loved them so much was not just because of what they taught you, but the way they were able to engage you and keep your interest at all times.  Whether your intention is to teach kids, close sales, excite podcast listeners, or inspire your coaching clients, every one of us has goals we want to achieve in work and in life. And, ...
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Don’t Drop the Mic: 11 Tips for When You’re Forced to Use a Microphone
If you are giving a speech at a venue that requires a microphone, chances are you’re speaking in front of a decent-sized crowd. Good for you! But if you’ve never given a public address using a microphone before, you should keep a few things in mind. For the most part, you can deliver your speech as you normally would but there are factors concerning your voice, body movements, and clothing you should consider. Here are 13 tips to help you ...
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How Come No One Listens to You?
“No one ever listens to me!” Typically, we hear this cry from small children who long to be heard, or adults acting like small children. They stomp their feet and exclaim this sentiment with obvious frustration. But not being heard is an issue that can plague us far into adulthood. Do you ever feel like you struggle to convey information in a way that resonates with others? When you’re presenting in a crowded room, do you feel like attention often ...
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10 Ways to Start a Public Address that Will Hook Your Audience
The first few seconds of your speech are the most important. In those moments, you set the tone for the rest of your address and either hook the audience or fail to capture their attention. There are several ways to get your audience to tune in. You could surprise them or entertain them, give them a question, or appeal to their emotions. If you want to nail the opening of your next public address, try one of these 10 tactics ...
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Public Speaking: How to Nail Gestures and Movements on Stage
You’ve practiced your speech for weeks. You know it by heart. You have the inflections down pat–you know when your dramatic pauses should occur. But when you climb onto the stage and begin speaking, you feel stiff. The glare of the lights blinds you, and you think, “what in the world am I supposed to do with my hands? In public speaking engagements, your body matters almost as much as your voice. You want to invite the audience in with ...
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How to Use Your Voice More Effectively with the 5 Building Blocks of Voice
You probably think of your voice as one single thing. When you open your mouth to speak, it’s just the sound that comes out, right? Your voice is so much more than noise, though. Your voice is a channel of self-expression and you can use it to make yourself sound however you want. There are actually five components to your voice that you can control.With these five building blocks, you can better understand your own voice and how to use ...
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4 Tips to Nail Your Professional Singing Audition
You love to sing. But you haven’t auditioned for any singing roles or gigs yet. Maybe you really want to, but need to get some training? You’d very much like to nail your first or next singing audition… You choose a song you know well, and then hear twenty other people audition with the same song while you’re waiting for your turn to sing. Or you walk into an audition brimming with confidence, but suddenly your stage fright shuts you ...
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6 Examples of Killer Speech Openings That You Can Use
Think about a speech you saw or heard that stuck with you. What is it about that speech that makes you remember it long after you’ve heard it? The speaker was probably dynamic and engaging or the topic was compelling and of particular interest to you. The speech probably had a killer opening as well. The introduction to a speech is one of its most crucial aspects. It’s where you grab your audience’s attention and set the tone for the ...
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Yes, You Can Actually Improve Your Singing Voice–Here’s How
Whenever we hear great singers perform, it’s easy to believe they are naturally gifted with a phenomenal voice. But singing isn't just a talent, it’s a skill you build with practice and hard work. You can be sure that some of today’s most popular singers — people who are paid for their singing voices — took the time to practice and improve their singing skills. And if they can do it, maybe you can. Here are some tips and techniques ...
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Hollywood Stars With Voices That are Pure Magic and What YOU can learn from them
Some celebrity singers have changed music forever. They’ve created unique styles that have inspired the next generation of artists. A new artist wanting to learn how to become a famous singer will want to sound like the greats. But even the greats had to start somewhere to develop their voice. What can we learn from our favorite star performers?  Thanks to the Internet you can see clips of your favorite singers, sing along with them, imitate what they do, and ...
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Be True to You: A Guide to Discovering Your Authentic Self
Learning who you truly are as a person isn’t easy. Discovering your authentic self takes time, patience, and constant growth. As Michelle Obama puts it in her memoir Becoming, “Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there’s more growing to be done.” Knowing who you are and that it’s OK to keep working on yourself can give you assurance and peace of mind. If you’re wondering how to boost self-confidence, uncovering who you are truly meant to be ...
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How to Appear Confident When You’re Actually a Complete Mess
There are times in life when you have to come across as confident, polished, and prepared. But these are usually big moments when all you can really feel on the inside is panic, doubt, and nervousness. When you’re giving a big presentation at work, asking your romantic partner to move in with you, or just trying to make friends in a new city, it pays to be confident. Even if you don’t feel confident on the inside, you can still ...
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How to Develop Your Speaking Voice as an English Language Learner (ELL)
If English isn’t your first language, you might struggle to feel confident when you speak. Mastering speaking and conversation is one of the hardest parts of learning a foreign language and it takes a great deal of practice to get good at it. Many English Language Learners (ELLs), or English as a Second Language (ESL) learners find that they cannot truly express themselves in English because they’re limited by vocabulary or pronunciation. Everyone should be able to speak in a ...
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Why Your Speaking Voice Matters as an Entrepreneur or Influencer
You probably didn’t start a business or online brand to work on public speaking. Most entrepreneurs and influencers don’t. But running a business or cultivating your personal brand requires a whole set of skills, and you may not possess all of them. For some things, like bookkeeping, managing employees, or marketing, you can hire others to help you out. But you can’t outsource your speaking voice. Your voice is your top tool Your voice matters in business. Whether you want ...
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Winning Gestures for Public Speaking & Key Movements to Shine on Stage
Do you want to give a TEDxTalk that changes the world? Or maybe share a heartfelt speech that inspires your shareholders or employees? You could have a story that can help save lives. But how do you find that gravitas on stage? Your voice is more important than you may realize. Equally as important is our body language in public speaking.. Using certain postures and gestures for public speaking can make you more memorable to a room full of strangers.  ...
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August 16, 2022 in Singing

4 Tips to Make Your Voice Sound Less Boring

When you think back on the greatest teachers you ever had growing up, chances are the reason you loved them so much was not just because of what they taught…
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August 11, 2022 in Singing, Speaking

Don’t Drop the Mic: 11 Tips for When You’re Forced to Use a Microphone

If you are giving a speech at a venue that requires a microphone, chances are you’re speaking in front of a decent-sized crowd. Good for you! But if you’ve never…
Read More
August 9, 2022 in Speaking

How Come No One Listens to You?

“No one ever listens to me!” Typically, we hear this cry from small children who long to be heard, or adults acting like small children. They stomp their feet and…
Read More
August 4, 2022 in Speaking

10 Ways to Start a Public Address that Will Hook Your Audience

The first few seconds of your speech are the most important. In those moments, you set the tone for the rest of your address and either hook the audience or…
Read More
August 2, 2022 in Speaking

Public Speaking: How to Nail Gestures and Movements on Stage

You’ve practiced your speech for weeks. You know it by heart. You have the inflections down pat–you know when your dramatic pauses should occur. But when you climb onto the…
Read More
July 28, 2022 in Speaking

How to Use Your Voice More Effectively with the 5 Building Blocks of Voice

You probably think of your voice as one single thing. When you open your mouth to speak, it’s just the sound that comes out, right? Your voice is so much…
Read More
July 26, 2022 in Singing

4 Tips to Nail Your Professional Singing Audition

You love to sing. But you haven’t auditioned for any singing roles or gigs yet. Maybe you really want to, but need to get some training? You’d very much like…
Read More
July 21, 2022 in Speaking

6 Examples of Killer Speech Openings That You Can Use

Think about a speech you saw or heard that stuck with you. What is it about that speech that makes you remember it long after you’ve heard it? The speaker…
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