The weather on Easter Monday was cold but dry as you can see and we all had a wonderful time. Coming home the following day from the hotel was strange – it took a while to come down to earth again but when the happy couple departed for their honeymoon all seemed perfect. Unfortunately they had the bad luck to fly from Terminal 5 at Heathrow and needless to say Debbie has been parted from her suitcase ever since. We understand that she is unlikely to get it for the whole of her 12 day honeymoon. Compensation is all very well but I rather think my daughter would have preferred the clothes she bought the day before, especially for her once in a lifetime trip!
Now I’m back into the business swing and will be starting April in front of the camera! On April 2nd I shall be followed about by the film company ‘Affixxius Productions’ as I prepare for and take a workshop entitled ‘Voice Matters’ for an invited audience of business contacts. This will become a key marketing tool for me in developing Loud&Clear as a nationally recognised voice coaching company and I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for the voice with many others.
To follow up on last month’s happenings: I had a very useful meeting with a director at SBJ Professional Insurance Company in Bristol which I hope will translate into some workshops for sales personnel and employees who work on the phone. I also met up with Lorna Sheldon of Complete Works International at her Lichfield home. Lorna has been training senior executives and management groups for many years and after discovering the strong link between our areas of work we are aiming to offer some joint workshops later this year.
I took 3 very contrasting workshops during March. The interview skills interactive lectures at Impington International Sixth Form College, Cambs. were great fun and the students responded with enthusiasm (see photo below). In East Sussex I worked with 8 ‘Aerodance’ instructors to help them power their voices above music and taught voice protection techniques that should enable them to ensure their voices are not damaged when working.
My third workshop was for 12 members of the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators at Telford. We explored several areas of the voice with reference to their work and had a lively practical session.
An article on Voice Protection was published in the Bosworth Observer in March and I hope it proved interesting reading for anyone who uses their voice all day. The voice is a very delicate instrument. Here are a few things to consider:
TIPS FOR VOICE PROTECTION
Keep your voice hydrated with lots of water (at room temperature)
Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake to avoid dehydration
Rest your voice when you don’t need to use it to let it recover
I shall be speaking to 2 organisations in April. First for ‘Switched-On.Biz’ – a ladies group meeting in Solihull and then for the Parkinsons Society in Coventry. As the voice is created by muscular effort, Parkinsons can cause problems with speech and I hope to give members some advice which will help them, overcome some of the difficulties.
I’ll be judging various performance classes at the Newark Festival on the 11th and 12th and then hoping to mark WORLD VOICE DAY on the 16th by reading on the radio. We all take the voice so much for granted that a day dedicated to thinking about how much we use it is an excellent idea. I will also be exhibiting on that day at a BNC networking event in Coalville.
Later in the month I will be endeavouring to improve my knowledge of exporting by attending a course in Leicester and then crossing the Atlantic to spend the last week of the month examining in Texas.
All work and no play is no fun! So I am looking forward to 2 visits to the theatre this month – The famous ’39 steps’ at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and the musical ‘Chorus Line’ at the Concordia, Hinckley. By the way, if you get the chance to catch ‘Dad’s Army’ on its national tour do get a ticket. There’s nothing like a good laugh to cheer up a cold, rainy day!
If you have any comments to make on my blog I’d love to hear from you. If not, I look forward to filling you in on more happenings in May.
Speak Loud & Clear!