Archive for September, 2019

Podcaster Tips 1 to 5 (part 1) 

 

I love listening to loads of different voices , listening to the tones, sounds and uniqueness of our voice.

 

This blog is a snippet from my podcast and video where you can listen and watch the full versions here.

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/leighannes-voice

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehL5ORpvJh4FJIWoRaIg2w

 

This is part one of my 10 tips on how to improve your podcasting skills  so that people listen to what you say rather than just all of the mistakes or how you’re saying it wrong this is part 1 of 2 podcasting tips.  I left the links below to catch up on what you might have missed. 

 

Shout out to all the podcasts keeping us  educated, faithfully strong, learning lots,  laughing on the commute to work, hitting that morning run or doing the cleaning on a Saturday morning. 

 

The choice is huge for listeners right now , everyone has a podcast now,  it is more unusual when people do not have a pod. 

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Ok so some tips if you are a podcaster or thinking of starting one. Let me give you some tips to keep your listeners tuned in rather than turned off by your voice.

 

Tips

 

  • Slow down when speaking 

 

The way you speak to your friends,  family or over the phone can often be much faster than the speed for a podcast. 

Slow down, let the listeners enjoy what you say and how you say. 

 

 

  • Use defined pauses to create interests,  or a powerful point 

 

Now don’t feel pressured to fill all the talking time with talking yaaaaaay. The silences can often speak more than your words. 

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  • How loud do your speak

 

Your voice volume is key to your audience listening and staying to listen to the whole podcast.

 

  1. Do you sound interesting  …have you got rhythm to your voice. 

 

 

  • What is the breathing like

 

 Your breathing controls how you sound. Have you ever tried talking while running fast out on the treadmill or after you walked up 4 flights of stairs. Sound breathy right, control your breathing so you can sound energetic through the whole talk.

 

Listen to my Podcast or watch the Youtube video for the rest of my thoughts on this topic on these links don’t forget.

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/leighannes-voice

Videos: https://youtu.be/cOQuCBgYil0

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Some Common Public Speaking Mistakes (part 2)

I love listening to loads of different voices , listening to the tones, sounds and uniqueness of our voice.

 

This blog is a snippet from my podcast and video where you can listen and watch the full versions here.

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/leighannes-voice

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehL5ORpvJh4FJIWoRaIg2w

Blog: http://leighannesvoice.com/news/

So all of us have been to a speech or debate or presentation and there’s something a little bit off with the speaker they’re doing something wrong or it’s just boring all their making mistakes and it’s it’s just distracting in your hoodie listen to what they’re saying.

 

This is part two of my 10 tips on how to improve your public speaking so that people listen to what you say rather than just all of the mistakes so click the links below to catch up on the parts that you might have missed. 

 

6. Poor Organisation

 

 

You need to keep in a good flow so that people engage, listen and not become bored with everything that you are talking about it.

It helps to have some visuals, pictures, background music or something to add in addition to what you’re saying. Although your voice may be nice to you, your friends and family it  might not be so much the chosen earcandy to your audience listening. Keep looking at the audience to check their following what you’re saying too.

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7. Low Energy

 

I think it’s key just get your energy up, do some star jumps or jog on the spot, stretch,do something to kinda get the adrenaline going in your body before you go and do a speech or talk at work. Make sure  you coming there at 110% rather than like I’ve just had my dinner and I’m really tired. Always be aware of your style, your speed, your volume, intonation make sure that your voice stays engaging. Do not be boring or montone.


8. Bad Timing

You might have to up the ante when doing a speech in front of a team meeting or business presentation is not like speaking to your friends and family or over the phone you got to come with more energy more depth for more volume more detail and your timing needs to be probably a little bit faster pace and when you talk about your regular day to day things to keep people interested and timeless key causes a very hard point or a challenging point give that as a slow pools behind it to show the importance of it

 

9. Reading (too much) from Notes

 

Something is good and great to have notes but don’t read off them you could have just handed out your speech as an email if that’s what you can do use them to prompt you to remind you don’t write sentences out on your notebook saw your post it notes that has them as I could just remind of the Themes or topics you going to it’s so much easier to speak to someone who’s freestyling speaking naturally about a topic that they know maybe they’ve got a few pointers and a content sheet but do it in that way I’d highly suggest do not rely heavily on your notes because it comes across that way is stiff not connected and not caring even and there’s no eye contact what she spoke about in last week’s blog plus it’s not natural to talk from a piece of paper.

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10. Using Space Inappropriately
Prep your room and  location before the talk starts to see how much space you’ve got to make sure that you can walk up and down the stairs or get to the desk on the podium safely. Make sure you know where  all the equipment is, if you need to use a microphone and projectors and laptops and clicking in and out of computers and check you can see everyone and everything. Walk around and do not just sit on a chair or stand in the same place like you’re a statue

 

Keep practicing the only way you’re going to improve is keep going over it and no one’s perfect as a public speaker there are some very great ones like Oprah, Obama and  Tony Blair to name a few. You need to keep working on a daily basis if you have to speak at work,have to give presentations you need to know how to present yourself effectively and all these skills that I have given in part 1 and part 2 are going to help you be more effective in these situations.

 

Keep going.

 

Hope you enjoyed part 2 of my public speaking tips and catch up on part 1 on the links below.

 

Listen to my Podcast or watch the Youtube video for the rest of my thoughts on this topic on these links don’t forget.

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/leighannes-voice

Videos: https://youtu.be/cOQuCBgYil0

I love listening to loads of different voices , listening to the tones, sounds and uniqueness of our voice.

 

This blog is a snippet from my podcast and video where you can listen and watch the full versions here.

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/leighannes-voice

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehL5ORpvJh4FJIWoRaIg2w

Blog: http://leighannesvoice.com/news/

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10x Public Speaking Mistakes (part 1)

I love listening to loads of different voices , listening to the tones, sounds and uniqueness of our voice.

This blog is a snippet from my podcast and video where you can listen and watch the full versions here.
Podcast: https://anchor.fm/leighannes-voice
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehL5ORpvJh4FJIWoRaIg2w

So all of us have been to a speech or debate or presentation and there’s something a little bit off with the speaker they’re doing something wrong or it’s just boring all their making mistakes and it’s just distracting in your head to listen to what they’re saying.

This is part one of my 10 tips on how to improve your public speaking so that people listen to what you say rather than just all of the mistakes or how you’re saying it wrong this is part 1 of my 10 tips on how to improve your public speaking to the people listen to what you say rather than just all of the mistake for how you’re saying it wrong .

1. I cannot hear you

The problem of speaking far too softly. If you speak softly you have to use a microphone. There’s no real way around it. Especially if you need to speak to a huge audience or it’s in a big room where your voice may not naturally travel. You need to clearly articulate all of the words loud and clear.Also you have to speak a little bit louder than you regular talking voice if you’re in front of a big audience. So all of that mumbling, talking and quietly is not going to work in a huge room with a large audience or when there is lots of background noise. If you’re speaking at an evening dinner or Gala. You better be speaking clear loud or just keep quiet and sit down.

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2. Stuttering or Saying “Um”

So it’s really common for people to say the word um, or make sounds or things just to kind of fill in gaps. If you don’t know what to say, then, just don’t say anything. It can make it seem like you’re more at ease. But then sometimes if you’re on a podcast or on the phone, and you just constantly saying “um”, that’s what people can often start focusing on rather than what the content of what you’re trying to say.

3. Stiff Body Movements

What is your body language? Because as well as what you’re saying is key, how are you presenting yourself? So make sure that you’re wearing clothes that are appropriate for the talk, for the event, day, for the time for what you’re saying. Make sure your body language and dress code goes along with what you are trying to share.Make sure your body language is confident is too. You are human, not a robot standing there talking to people, whether you’re sharing the year end stats or doing the presentation of an award.Let your body move.If it’s helpful for your talk, walk around, because if you do stand up in one place for 10 minutes, half an hour, 45 minutes, that can be quite boring. Plus that can bring down your energy then might affect your tone of your voice.

 

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4 Poor Eye Contact suggests nerves or a lack of confidence

Eye contact is key everywhere. Even if you’re talking to just one person or two hundred people. Eye contact builds trust and confidence.When in front of a large audience, I know it can be terrifying, but good eye contact, it is essential. It is just got to be done. Practice it, keep going with it. Be comfortable in yourself , be comfortable with eye contact. Even if the person drops your gaze still keep looking at them.

5. Lack of Facial Expressions

Your facial expressions help tell what is going on in your mind. Like obviously, I’m not telling you to be Jim Carrey, with your face, pulled in all different directions and stuff. But your facial expressions must go along with what you’re saying, including in support of your body language too. So don’t look at the floor. Don’t day gaze. Don’t stare at people in the front row for too long, that is just weird. If you can catch a few people’s eyes, s,ile and engage them then move on. Don’t keep a straight face and if it was a joke, then laughs or smiles. Laugh too if it’s relevant to the topic. If you haven’t got any facial expressions at all, you’re boring to watch and you’re even more boring to listen to. So It’s your choice.

Listen to my Podcast or watch the Youtube video for the rest of my thoughts on this topic on these links don’t forget.
Podcast: https://anchor.fm/leighannes-voice
Videos: https://youtu.be/cOQuCBgYil0

If you want to improve the way you speak ?
Please feel free to check out my new Accent Reduction & Voice Articulation course below;
https://mailchi.mp/ff0dfd753ea8/pc15a248t0

 

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The Sound of your Voice is like cake part…let me explain part 2

The Sound of your voice is like a cake…let me explain

part 2

 

Question: How can you improve your speaking voice?

 

I based this podcast and blog on my page www.leighannesvoice/news on this article here, go ahead and read or listen to part 1.

 

https://www.ethos3.com/2014/07/your-guide-to-developing-a-stronger-speaking-voice/

How To Practice

After recording and re-listening to your presentation, you will probably start to notice weak spots.

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Relax – Start by yawning, wiggling your jaw, humming, and inhaling a large breath for 15 seconds, then release for another 15. Remember all of those stages of vocal production? Most parts of those can be gently warmed up before you practice.

 

Vocal Exercises – Are you a terrible singer? It doesn’t matter, vocal warm ups are still for you. This can help you enhance projection, work on clarity, and improve breathing techniques. Here is a video of one musical vocal exercise that might turn you into the next Mariah Carey:

 


Reading Aloud – This can help strengthen your pitch as well as your vocal clarity; start by picking a tricky passage and then adding as much “zest” or variation in your pitch as possible while you read it.

Strength Training – Looking to push it to the limit when it comes to improving your speaking voice? The power of science can back you up. This set of exercises includes everything from a hissing noise practice to saying “ney” at all volumes.

Put A Book On It – To practice mindful breathing techniques, lay down flat on the floor and place a heavy book on your abdomen. Sound crazy? This will help you become more aware as you breath with your stomach, teaching you to control those pesky muscles.


Since the voice is heavily influenced by outside factors, be sure that you take excellent care of your throat, lungs, and vocal chords before your presentation.

Mindful practice is the key to improving your speaking voice.

I got a bit of my info for this blog from
(Your Guide to Developing a Stronger Speaking Voice Posted by Scott Schwertly | July 9, 2014)

Listen to my Podcast or watch the youtube video for the rest of my thoughts on this topic on these links don’t forget.

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/leighannes-voice

Videos: https://youtu.be/cOQuCBgYil0

Accent Reduction & Voice Articulation Course

If you want to improve the way you speak ?

Please feel free to check  out my new Accent Reduction & Voice Articulation course below;

https://mailchi.mp/ff0dfd753ea8/pc15a248t0

What else I get up to

If you love how I speak and would like to work with me then please feel free to book me for Voiceover work or Speaking coaching sessions on leighanne@leighannesvoice.com

Watch me at work on my Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehL5ORpvJh4FJIWoRaIg2w


 

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