Browsing Category: Sound Like a Leader

An Unexamined Presentation Is Not Worth Watching (with apologies to Socrates)

Presentations, Sound Like a Leader, The Brain-Voice Connection(tm)
I know, I know – a post on presentations skills?!? Is another one really necessary? Well, read this, and then you can tell me. Rule No. 1:          There are no presentations. Only conversations. Imagine you are chatting with someone. Let the material come out in easily understood pieces. Sometimes you can ask someone a question about the [...]

The Voice of “The Iron Lady”

Accent Reduction, Sound Like a Leader, Voice Training
It’s nearing Oscar time! The Brain-Voice Connection team loves a good film. For the second year in a row, a film is nominated that touches upon the need for leaders to have powerful voices. Last year it was The King’s Speech. This year, it’s The Iron Lady. Margaret Thatcher is poised to rise to political power. She is encouraged to work [...]

Leadership, Cognitive Neuroscience, and You

Accent Reduction, Sound Like a Leader
Hi Everybody, The blog is back! I will be offering snippets of advice and links to articles that connect with brains and voices! You will also be reading posts from my new business partner, Laura Vanderpool. Today’s link relates to how cognitive neuroscience is creeping into our business lives. I like this quick Q&A because it [...]

The Three Ones(tm): The Secret Elixir for Great Speaking

Accent Reduction, Sound Like a Leader, Voice Improvement Tips
Ah, the secret elixir for great speaking! And yet, it is a secret no more. The Three Ones(tm) is your guide to always sounding smart, crisp and knowledgeable. Here are the three secrets: -One sentence -One topic -One breath Make each sentence about one topic, and one topic only. Brains can only understand one thing at a time. If you have more [...]

How to be a trusted guide through uncharted territory

Accent Reduction, Sound Like a Leader, Voice Improvement Tips
Last week I promised to help you learn how to guide your audience successfully to your point. Since I live in the great Northwest, I am going to use some mountain climbing imagery to describe this, just for fun! Imagine yourself as a mountain guide. Your audience is on a tour with you. They need you to take them from the bottom of the mountain [...]

Every time you open your mouth to speak…

Accent Reduction, Sound Like a Leader, Voice Improvement Tips
… it’s for the benefit of the listener. That’s right, it’s not about you, it’s about them! Think about it this way: you can talk to yourself in your head. When you begin speaking out loud, your goal is to communicate information to other people. The people who can’t hear you talking to yourself in your head! [...]

How to Sound Like a Leader

Accent Reduction, Sound Like a Leader
During the 1990s, I was teaching singing in New York City to aspiring actors. I studied voice for many years at several schools, including The University of Oklahoma, The University of Kansas, The Aspen Music Festival and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Music Conservatory, and I worked with many wonderful teachers. However, I was always [...]

Voice Improvement Series – Tip #10 – How Do I Know When To Stop Talking?

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Voice Improvement Series – Tip # 9 – How Do I Say What I Am Thinking More Clearly?

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Voice Improvement Series – Tip #7 – How Can I Project My Voice More Powerfully?

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