Tag Archives: voice coaching

Changing Your Communication Habits

I have been reading a lot about the neuroscience of changing habits. It is an utterly fascinating topic and at the heart of all my teaching.

habit (1)

 

Something old

Something new

Change a habit

And you change you

 

 

When I am working with clients on their communication skills the main thing we are doing is swapping current communication habits, which are not effective, for more effective ones. As human we need to function by habit otherwise our brain gets overwhelmed.

The key to habit changing is motivation coupled with repetition, repetition, repetition!

To find out more read the Blog I recently did for City Academy here

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“Whatever other speech you grow into….your dialect stays alive in a sort of inner freedom, a separate little self.”
Ted Hughes, Poet, cited in Corcoran 1993:114

Accent Tip #2


Connect your words together when speaking, as though like train carriages.  This helps the listener to hear your ideas rather than your words.

Imagine that each sentence is almost like one long word, a ‘train of thought’.

If you speak in separate words then your meaning becomes broken up, and harder to follow. This dilutes the power of your ideas.

Accent Tip #1

 Rhythm

Listen to the rhythm of the way people speak. Whatever the language or the accent, tune your ear into their overall rhythm.  Imagine it like a drum beat. Where are the strong beats and where are the weak beats?  Then mimic what you hear using a pattern of made up sounds, tapping the finger on the table to emphasise the strong beats 

Strong beat – “Dum”
Weak beat –   “di” 

Standard British Example:  John Keats  –  To Autumn
To swell the gourd, and plump the  hazel  shells
di Dum  di   Dum     di    Dum   di  Dum di  Dum

More info here:

International Centre for Voice

The International Centre for Voice is a great place to find out about all things voice.

You can join the ICV to enjoy the forum where voice professional discuss the voice and its wonders.  They also have a full program of Workshops covering many topics, that are open to both teachers and students of voice, professionals or otherwise.

Learn about your voice

I discovered this great blog recently about the voice and how it works.  There are lots of images, videosand other interesting resources all in one place!

 

 

Link to blog on the voice

 

 

 

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Vocal Anatomy – the larynx

The larynx is the name of the area which produces voice.  I’ve been enjoying this series of videos on head and neck anatomy and how the voice works.  It is a five part series which shows you the anatomy and movement of the larynx.

Understanding the movement of the larynx helps you to to make changes in the way you use yours, enabling you to discover new parts of your voice.

 

Follow me on Twitter

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You can follow me on Twitter for voice tips and inspiration.


I will tweet links here to any new videos, or articles I create.  This will cover many areas of vocal coaching from singing exercises, accent softening tips, or exercises for the spoken voice.

Be inspired by voice

Accent Softening Workshop – Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Teaching an Accent Softening workshop at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.  The workshop targeted the rhythm and intonation of spoken English.  It also showed you how to use your voice to become an engaging, interesting speaker and avoid misunderstanding due to accent.

Here is a link to the feedback in a blog post they did about the session:

Spanish Chamber of Commerce blog

Accent Softening tip – difference between ‘W’ and ‘V’ position

I’ve made this video to target the difference between the ‘W’ and the ‘V’ sound. Indian people will find this particularly useful.It gives you tips to help you find the right position and sound, as well as some words and phrases to practice on. Enjoy!