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Make Your Message Heard Clearly: 3 Vocal Techniques from an Expert

How do you use your voice to its full potential?

For this week’s Show-N-Tell, I interviewed a special guest — Graig Russell from Yokohama Theatre Group — my voice coach! I had so much fun doing this interview.

We are lucky to have Graig Russell share 3 vocal techniques with us, so our audience can clearly understand the message that we are trying to get across. What’s the point of coming up with brilliant words when your audience couldn’t hear or understand them anyway?

The interview had so much valuable content in it — we had to split it into two parts. Watch out for Part 2 next week!

AND you just might encounter more special guests in the near future! So stay tuned and be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss anything!

In the meantime, without further ado, here’s my interview with Graig about the 3 Vocal Techniques to make sure everyone is clearly hearing your message.

Great and easy tips, aren’t they? Here are the three techniques again, outlined simply:

1. Breathe properly. (More on how to do this next week!)

2. Relax, stretch and yawn away.

3. Speak up — imagine throwing your voice into an arc across the room — and speak slowly.

Now, evaluate your voice and the way you sound during presentations. The best way to do this is to watch a video or listen to an audio recording of yourself. If you don’t have a recording yet, it’s a great idea to make one! That way, you could immediately see and hear what you need to improve on for your next speaking gig.

Does your voice sound too soft? Does it sound like you’re straining?

How about the speed of your speech? Do you think your audience could make out the words you say?

Which of the three techniques do you think would benefit you the most?

Never Talk to Strangers! 3 Simple Tips to Connect with Your Audience

If you’re speaking at an event, it’s probably because you have an expertise you could share that your audience will benefit from. Wahoo! Congrats and be proud of yourself!

But then the organizers set you apart from everyone else — they probably seat you at the back or on a separate table at an elevated platform. Although this might make you feel “special”, this actually unknowingly creates a little bit of disconnect between you and your audience. And you wouldn’t want that at all! One of the keys to any great talk is to create rapport and be able to jive with your listeners!

I’ll share with you some secret tips on how to create rapport that works for me whenever I speak at an event. This could also work for any presentation you’re going to make.


Having Second Thoughts? Think in Your Second Language!

Having difficulty deciding how to streamline your talk?

Do you make decisions quickly and easily? Or do you go back and forth over which direction to go?

Want to give a TED talk about a subject that you usually do a full-day seminar on? How do you simplify those points? How do you decide what is important to you?

When you are having second thoughts about those decisions, let this easy process simplify your life.


Make Your Presentations More Memorable with 5 Elements that Give a Story P.O.W.E.R.

Have you ever sat through a presentation full of numbers, data and statistics? You may remember falling asleep, but we rarely remember the specific numbers from a presentation.

From cavemen writing on walls, to Steve Jobs selling iPhones, stories have helped  audiences remember a message long after the presentation.

Watch this Show-N-Tell to learn the 5 elements that create simple, powerful stories, and how they will make your presentations more memorable.

Remember to leave a comment below after you watch!

Find Your Gift

Trying to find a theme to talk about or start a blog on, but can’t quite grasp what your gift is?

Some of you may already know exactly what you’d want to talk about. Others may not be so sure what their message would be.

We all have a unique story to share, whether you know it or not! In this Show-N-Tell, I’ll give you 3 simple steps to finding YOUR unique gift to share with the world.