How to say no part 2 of 4, Do not go on and on.

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  2 of 4.

 

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No one likes a rambler or a broken record do they? When you say no it might make a further muddy escape from the situation and you give your listener more ammunition to convince you otherwise.

 

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If you give reason upon the reason of your ‘no’ too much, it can seem like you’re lying – or worse still, it can allow the asker to find a way to ground you down and make you say yes.

 

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I am excited to see you improve in this area. Don’t forget the next part is out next week, so stay tuned.

 

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

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

 

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Please feel free to book a 30 minutes FREE discovery call where I can hear the way you speak, give some tips and a plan to keep sharpening up in this area for you. Click below https://calendly.com/leighannesvoice/30min

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How to speak effectively in your interview part 4 of 4

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 4 of 4.

 

Let’s jump in here.

 

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Handshake

Your handshake it needs to be strong firm, don’t squeeze or crack someone’s knuckles but make sure you give a firm shake with good eye contact at the same time.  If you don’t know how to shake hands properly, then learn with your friends and family.

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Smile

Smile and look your interviews in the eye and they’re going to smile back. Make sure you keep smiling throughout the whole interview because you know what smiling does? Nope, let me tell you, it raises the tone and brings a joyful sound into your voice.

 

I am excited to see you improve in this area. Don’t forget the next part is out next week, so stay tuned.

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

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

 

If you want to improve the way you speak?

 

Please feel free to book a 30 minutes FREE discovery call where I can hear the way you speak, give some tips and a plan to keep sharpening up in this area for you. Click below https://calendly.com/leighannesvoice/30min

I got loads more resources on my page http://leighannesvoice.com/contact/

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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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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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The Sound of your voice is like a cake…let me explain 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 to can listen and watch the full versions here.

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

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

Question: How can you improve your speaking voice?



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.

 

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But even more than this, studies suggest that people determine how trustworthy or dominant you are within the first 500 milliseconds of hearing your voice.



How It Works

Before you can stand in front of a crowd and talk about anything that pops into your head, the body goes through three main processes for voice production: 
Lungs,vocal chords/box,projection.

The Lungs – The fuel for your voice is collected here from the air that you inhale and exhale. When we breathe in, the rib cage expands and our diaphragm lowers. Then as we breathe out, the air leaves our lungs and creates a stream in the trachea which energizes the vocal chords and vocal box to produce sound.

The Vocal Box/Chords – Once the lungs have begun the process of pushing air through the trachea, the larynx (AKA voice box) and two vocal chords on top of the windpipe are ready to work. As the air passes between the chords, they vibrate from 100 to 1000 times per second, which determines the pitch of our voice. Depending on how long and tense the chords are, our voice creates a unique sound as the air gets them moving.
20181206_150059Projection – Even without air passing through, you can make a “buzz” noise with the vocal chords in your throat, also known as a hum. The throat, nose, and mouth are all included along with the vocal chords.

Anything that affects the lungs, vocal box, chords, or projectors can affect the sound of your voice. If you’ve experienced the pain of allergies and a scratchy throat, 

 

Our voice is the result of a complex, unique bodily system working in harmony, so don’t mess it up!

 

Tips to improve speaking 

Record yourself. There is often a large difference between what we are hearing and what others are perceiving. 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 audience will hear you, so record your entire presentation and listen for:

Volume – Does your voice carry through the entire room?

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 in your presentation 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.

Pitch – This incorporates the highs and lows of your voice, and as per the study above, is important to vary to keep your audience engaged. Are you as monotone as your least favorite history professor? Or do you have enough ups and downs to rival a roller coaster? There needs to be a happy medium.

 

 

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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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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