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Question: How can you improve your speaking voice?

 

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

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

I get asked lots of times “Leighanne, I like the way you sound and I have a big presentation at work or trying to sound engaging on the podcast and how can I do it?”


The sound of your voice is like a cake: it’s the delicious result of different ingredients mixed together. This includes your cadence, tone, speed, and volume, all of which add up to the final result.Did you know there are studies suggest that people determine how trustworthy or dominant you are within the first 500 milliseconds of hearing your voice.

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How It Works
Before you can stand in front of a crowd or click on your mic for podcasting  and talk about anything that pops into your head, the body goes through three main processes for voice production: through your lungs,vocal box and voice projection. Our voice is the result of a complex, unique bodily system working in harmony, so don’t mess up the harmony.

 

Record yourself speaking. 

There is often a large difference between what we are hearing and what others are perceiving when we speak. The scientific explanation is that sound reaches our inner eat by two separate paths: through the air that travels into our ear and through bone-conducted sound through the tissues of the head. When we speak, we hear both. Others are only hearing the air-conducted version. It’s important to understand how your listeners will hear you, so record your entire presentation or speech  and listen for:

Volume – Does your voice carry through the entire room for all your listeners?

Speed – How quickly or slowly are you speaking? The ideal speaking rate is 120-160 words per minute; where do you clock in at?

Clarity – Are you missing any words when you speak due to mumbling or unclear speech? Listen carefully to the recording for any words that might have been missed.

Breathing – Are you rushing through words and gasping for breath? A proper breathing technique is one that goes unnoticed. Think of all of the incredible, speedy rappers that exist like Busta Rhymes. No one has ever heard Busta Rhymes gasping for air, which is why he’s the greatest speed rappers in my book.

Pitch – This includes the highs and lows of your voice, and it is important to vary  your voice to keep your listeners engaged. Are you as monotone as your least favourite history professor at University? Or do you have enough ups and downs to rival a roller coaster? There needs to be a happy mixture in the way you speak. 

 

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

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://youtu.be/0WkZUKGemUk

 

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Love Sandwich

My Favourite Way of helping people understand how to improve their behaviour by speaking to them with the love sandwich technique…

Ok so have you ever had to deal with a tricky situation at work, with a neighbour or just someone getting on your nerves at the gym. But they just keep trying your last nerve.

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

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

Videos: https://youtu.be/cOQuCBgYil0

Have you ever tried speaking to them using a love sandwich? What’s that I hear you say…Well let me help you out my friend.

Slice 1: Tell them what they are good at.

E.g. Sally you are really great at organising the promotional events for the new makeup range. The posters were great, even the one that had all the products with the  banging makeup , really knowledgeable and there was amazing sales.

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Filling: explain the issue

E.g. It was a little challenging to do the end of day sales profit /loss figures. So I was wondering if in the future you can plan time maybe  small chunks like 15-20 minutes of the admin at the end of each day then that would reduce the overall amount of time we need to spend on doing the admin for the next event. 

Slice 2: remind them of all the good stuff they do and inspire them to do something even greater in the future.

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Think of how you can use this love sandwich speaking technique to help people when their attitude or behaviour needs to be adjusted.

Listen to the Podcast or watch the Youtube video for the rest of my thoughts on this topic on these links .

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

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://youtu.be/0WkZUKGemUk

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My Favourite female Voices I love to listen to…

 

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

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

 

I picked out five women this week that I wanted to share with you the female voices  that are ones I really love.

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Joanna Lumley 

There are some amazing women’s voices that I love to listen to just for the differences in how they sound and articulate.  I love, love, love the amazing Joanna Lumley’s voice. It is so smooth, silky and dreamy kind of voice. It reminds me of the old  Galaxy chocolate advert where it said “why have cotton when you can have silk” she has a voice that when you hear it once and it makes you want to listen more and more even though she might be talking about absolutely nonsense.

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Jenny Francis

The gorgeous voice of Jenny Francis used to come on a radio show on Choice FM 96.9  back in the day. Jenny “the lady of soul” Francis her voice is velvety, engaging, calming, soothing and her voice made you really want to fall in love with the music more and more.  

 

Kate Winslet 

The proper English Rose, clear cut, pretty articulate accent. I love her voice  as it is a fresh speaking voice and you understand whether she speaks slowly or fast.  

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Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad or Claire Huxtable from The Cosby Show everybody’s favourite mum and the most beautiful amazing black lawyer at the time in the 1980s on this show when it was popping. I love her voice because it’s really unique and distinctive because she smiles when she talks. But she’s firm,  clear, loving motherly and bossbabe all the way through with her voice and so distinctive.

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Dame Judi Dench

Judi Dench, now this voice is very English, schoolmarmish, direct, bossy, authoritative, secure, a no-nonsense booming voice. What makes me laugh is Judi Dench is actually quite a petite woman and imagine this big booming voice that comes from her when she’s giving instructions when she’s playing M in James Bond.  It kind of goes against like how she looks physically and I love this type of clear direct voice, no nonsense and no mucking about type of voice.

 

Which women are your favourite voices that you like to listen to and why? 

 

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

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://youtu.be/0WkZUKGemUk

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Male Voices I love to hear

My Favourite Male Voices I love to listen to…
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 to can listen and watch the full versions here.

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

Videos: https://youtu.be/cOQuCBgYil0

 

I picked out five…well actually six voices this week that I wanted to share with you  of male voices that are ones that I really love.They have got something different, edgy or its got a rasp on it or really clear. So I picked these voices  because I just couldn’t stop at five, you know me. They are just some really great voices that stand out to me and I love the different qualities in them.

 

Now you might  think why am I talking about a voice. Well let me tell you, your voice is as unique as your thumbprint. Can you imagine?  So your voice sounds like nobody else in the world even if you are a twin there are some differences. Your voice is unique,even from your family.  Although you may sound like someone else, like me for example I sound like one of my older sisters. I can hear the similarity in our voices , but also certain differences like stress on words,speed and pitch.

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Denzel & John David Washington

 I always love to hear the voice of Denzel Washington and his son sounds just like him. I think he is called John David Washington. When you hear them they sound very similar. 

I really love different voices as they are so unique and says so much about the person.Let me walk through these different voices with you so you can hear what I hear.

 

The Rock & Morgan Freeman

The first voice that I really, really love is The Rock.  When he talks he really extenuates his mouth, smiles and pauses and is very clear in  his delivery of his lines. He is very easy to understand too. I love his voice and he’s got a different edge to it even when  singing for cartoon character. 

 

Next, my favourite the grandfather like no other Morgan Freeman. He is cool, smooth,  calming and reassuring so that is basically the booming voice of God in your ears. Morgan Freeman is got that “it’s going to be ok” tone all day long. I love it and talk to me more Morg.

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James Earl Jones, Liam Neeson & Sean Connery

Ooooooo so let me crack it open right here. So  another voice that makes me prick up my ears and focus my listening is James Earl Jones.  His voice always comes on the cinema trailers and adverts. His voice has lots of power and strength. I remember him from “Coming to America” film with Eddie Murphy. 

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Ok, ok, ok now not only is he a great actor but his voice kills it to in particular on the Taken films. He has that husky, don’t mess with me or else i will kill you…kinda tone. Sometimes when Irish accents say particular words like “three” or “thirteen” it really reminds me of the Jamaican accent at times so I feel right at home.I couldn’t just mention Liam Neeson and not my favourite James Bond ever, the talented, easy going and enticing voice of Sean Connery. Hmmmm now don’t get me wrong I usually find the Scottish accent hard to understand maybe because of the pace of pronunciation. I love Sean’s voice as it has a kinda wisp or husk on it and I love it when he says “shaken not stirred. ” 

 

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Marvin Abbey  from 3 Shots of Tequila Podcast

Ooooooooooo ladies let me tell you about this next voice. Now let me get real close to the mic for this next voice. I only just discovered this voice this year too. Now I stumbled upon a podcast on Spotify called 3 Shots of Tequila. Now a word of caution here as it is a little explicit at times so be warned before you listen. So on this voice I was just attracted to the voice of Marvin Abbey. Now let me explain this guy’s voice ooooooo where do I start. So its London,  edgy, street, mature and African all mixed in at once. When I hear his voice I feel like I am talking to my crew and right at home. 

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

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

Videos: https://youtu.be/cOQuCBgYil0

 

Who are your favourite voices? Why do you like them? 

 

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://youtu.be/0WkZUKGemUk

 

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Hustle hard

As a Voiceover you got  to get work, stay in work and enjoy your work, here are some tips that get me through.

 

1)see your studio as a playground where you create till your heart’s content

 

2) hustle hard and I love to break it down like this…

H: hard work

 

U:undivided attention

 

S:strong mental and physical strength

 

T: tenacious focus on the prize

 

L:loves the art and not in it for the money as in the beginning there is not much

 

E:efficient  as do much admin for running your own business

 

You are your business so focus on the business as much as the creative side.

 


 

PODCAST

If you want to hear more tips then check out the podcast in the link below.

 


Youtube Channel

I have bags of tips and tricks for those who want to get into voiceover on my Youtube channel here.

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https://youtu.be/n1nfyfTWoyg

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Does your English accent let you down when you do presentations & meetings at work?

Do you fear speaking in public because of you English accent?

Have you been to an interview for a job, that  you know you are more than qualified for and then you are given feedback and they said that you were a very nice person but your English was not good enough?

If you said yes to any of the questions above then please join the webianr for some amazing tips and hints to reduce your accent when spekaing English.

Watch the Webinar
http://eepurl.com/gbaKpf

You’ll learn in my great Accent reduction Webinar EXACTLY what you need to do to reduce and soften your accent and sharpen your voice articulation skills.

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Also:

What your accent says about you?

What the struggles are when you speak English with a hard to understand accent?

Common problems with speaking English

Remember it is not easy to learn English as it is a mixture of so many other languages

Learn some tips on how to reduce your accent & be clearly understood .

Watch the Webinar
http://eepurl.com/gbaKpf

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Working on it Wednesday: Recording my Ebook as an Audiobook

So you know I love to keep you up to date on what I am up to.

This week my Voiceover project is to record my “I want to be a Voiceover Artist, but where do I Start” eBook into an Audiobook.  I am mega busy but I intend to get it out in a  few months. Hold tight to this space for updates.

 

I chat more about it in this weeks video, which you can see here on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehL5ORpvJh4FJIWoRaIg2w/videos?view_as=subscriber

 

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This is the eBook on Amazon and click the link below to grab a copy.

 

http://amzn.eu/ew3NYXv

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New Podcast out: Recording the Audiobook Power of Sisterhood

Working on it Wednesday

So I am having too much fun in the booth today,  as I am recording my Audiobook “Power of Sisterhood.”

I run through a sample of the book and some tips when recording Audiobooks.

I love giving tips for all things about the voice and Voiceover industry.

Feel free to check out the podcast or the YouTube video below.

Recording Sisterhood Video

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehL5ORpvJh4FJIWoRaIg2w?view_as=subscriber

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Recording Sisterhood Podcast

Please click below to here the latest podcast.

https://open.spotify.com/show/2tfSGWzL8QzfVRN1GqYo2q

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Love to hear your thoughts and please email me on leighanne@leighannesvoice.com

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