Tips & Resources
Cheryl shares articles, videos, links, audio and more to support existing clients and entice new ones. Explore and enjoy!
If you speak accented English, wish you were better understood, and have wondered about getting accent modification coaching or training, here’s a great little article with 10 questions to help you decide. B. Vocal can help with all of these points, especially the physical how-to of creating the specific sounds of American English. Read more here…
Speech coach, Gary Genard does it again with this terrific article about 10 Causes of Speech Anxiety. And his blog article includes free downloads that I heartily recommend. My B. Vocal Presence Coaching is also theatre-based performance coaching, agrees with Gary’s work, AND I have a few more tips and exercises for shifting your perception of fear to do-able techniques that change nerves to the fuel of success whenever you speak. Yes, that’s a teaser…
Gary Genard offers this great article on speaking with a richer, warmer tone for more effective, leadership communication. I heartily agree and can help you with exercises and guidance to grow each of these 5 areas of vocal production.
Upping your game, raising your profile, demonstrating leadership, sharing your passion… TED Talks has increased awareness that great public speaking is often a big component of an essential skill set for success. Your body (voice, speech, breath, energy, gesture, expression, movement) is a primary piece of business equipment. Have you learned to really use it? TED Talks speakers hire coaches, and you can, too. Check out this Forbes article B. Vocal coaching can help you get to the next level in your career.
It’s that time of year in the northern latitudes, when many suffer from colds, viruses, and the stresses of breathing dry, heated indoor air, and I’m often asked for tips about how to care for the voice. Of course, the first thing is to learn to play your vocal instrument without undue stress and strain every day (that’s where B. Vocal training comes in), but there are healthful habits you can cultivate. Your voice is body-produced and needs physical care. Here’s a great resource provided by the National Center for … Read More
B. Vocal clients are shown how to aspire to dialect/accent free, Standard American Pronunciation. But language constantly changes. And is talking about standards in communication somehow classist? As your personal coach, I’ll always offer you the range of possible pronunciations and tell you honestly how some pronunciations might be judged. You make informed choices according to your style and your audience, image and communication needs. Most important is speaking with a natural, released vocal tone and clear diction. If changes in English interest you, check out this article from The … Read More
How will you celebrate WORLD VOICE DAY today, April 16, 2015? Be vocal any way you can. Sing, speak, shout! As a client said in today’s coaching, “This work is ‘pan-relevant’!” Healthy voice, expression, and effective communication connectedness is holistic and joyous. Here are some great resources.
Younger speakers are being described as “bleating” and “grunting” when conversing. SO unattractive and ineffective. Is that how you’d like your voice & speech style described? Probably not. Break free from the herd and try these tips.
According to this new study from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the sound of a job applicant’s voice is a key factor. Do you speak well enough to sound intelligent?
As your Presence Coach, I’d augment these tips with words from theatre training: Relationship (Who), Intention (What + Why), and Emotion/Behavior (How).