How To Say Your Name

Just got back from a kickoff meeting for a global IT project. Thirty people were sitting around a big table. One of the leaders of the meeting said, “Let’s all introduce ourselves. Say your name and tell us some things.”

Ugh. Another slog through a forest of biographical facts and resume trivia.

The first guy stood up, pushed his chair under the table, leaned on the back of the chair and said “My name is [guttural utterance].”

The second person did ...

More →
0

Speak up and out

I have recently encountered several people who have been rushed into the emergency room of voice and speech training because their vocal presence is not in optimal health.

A CEO of a very successful company has a strong, expressive voice, but none of his employees or clients ever get to hear it because it is hidden–trapped–behind a mouth that doesn’t move. He mumbles!

You might think it would be easy for him to project his voice more forcefully, ...

More →
0

What Eliza Doolittle, Margaret Thatcher, and Daisy Buchanan Can Teach You About Voice and Power

Does your sound determine your success?

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway is impressed when Gatsby nails the mysterious quality in Daisy’s voice:

“She’s got an indiscreet voice,” I remarked. “It’s full of——” I hesitated.

“Her voice is full of money,” he said suddenly.

That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it. ...

More →
0

Communication skill includes words, voice, and body language

Here are two excerpts from an article in The New Yorker.  The article is entitled Words on Trial,  and its author is Jack Hitt.  It appears in the June 23rd, 2012 issue.

The key idea is that words, by themselves, are necessary but not sufficient to create meaning.  The listener creates meaning through hearing the word, passing it through a filter composed of her prior experiences, and then interpreting the cues that are coming from the speaker, such as voice, and body ...

More →
0

Sims Wyeth & Co. offers Training the Speaking Voice

Voice and Speech CoachClient facing skills are the skills of a dynamic and purposeful conversationalist. The medium of conversation is the voice, and as Marshall McLuhan said, the medium is the message, or at least a large part of it.

A speaking voice that lacks clarity and expression can undermine the success of an otherwise bright and talented individual. And when there is ...

More →
0

Develop your voice and speech

We all know that clay can be molded: clay can be bricks, or pots, plates or pitchers. It is a malleable substance.

The body can be molded: resistance-training turns 90 pound weaklings into incredible hulks, and fatsos reveal their inner Adonis when they change their diet and exercise.

Your voice and speech can also be shaped. If your voice is nasal, you can learn to shape your mouth to create a more blended sound. If your diction is fuzzy, you ...

More →
0
Page 1 of 5 12345