Priscilla being interviewed for Hong Kong TV
Hello again everyone,
Unfortunately autumn is upon us and we seem to have missed out on any summer! Oh well – onwards and upwards to some exciting news.
Several years ago I had the pleasure of seeing one of my performing arts students move on to professional training after studying with me for 12 years. Eleanor (Ellie) Clarke has just made her debut at the
Edinburgh Fringe with ‘Live Theatre’ from
‘Stage Newspaper’ award for Best Ensemble and 2 days ago they won it! This is a tremendous accolade for these 4 young actresses and they are hoping to take it into
August is, in theory, a month off from business and drama school work so that I can sort out a few things around the house and garden and prepare for September onwards. However, it never quite works out like that! I administered a week’s summer school at HSDS although most of the teaching was done by outside tutors; attended a conference in Liverpool where I ended up taking an impromptu workshop when a tutor failed to arrive and spent 5 days at a college in Lincoln working with 13 teenagers and producing a devised show “As Time Goes By” with my friend and colleague Marie Dixon from Cheshire.
I enjoyed a long chat about my Voice Coaching work on Monica Winfield’s Sunday Arts programme on Radio Leicester early in the month and spent a great night at the theatre watching David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in a tremendous production of “Hamlet” at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. If you haven’t already got tickets you’re too late as a lot of “Doctor Who” fans got there before you!
Despite the weather I also managed a couple of outside adventures. I recently won a raffle which gave me a ride around Bruntingthorpe Airfield (where they produce ‘Top Gear’) in an Ariel Atom at the “On-Your-Marks” event. I had no idea what this car was before I arrived but the men in my party were very impressed and the professional driver certainly knew how to put it through it’s paces – the G-Force was amazing! It was such a shame that it was blowing a gale and raining on and off all morning, but it was an experience I won’t forget in a hurry. For the second outside event the weather was perfect. The family went gliding on vouchers bought as Christmas gifts in 2007. It was the second time for me but the first try for my husband, daughter and son in law. Everyone had a great time but I was in the dog house as I stayed up longer than anyone else for 45 minutes. I couldn’t help it that my pilot was good at finding the thermals!
My re-vamped website is now up and running. Have a look at www.loudandclearuk.com and let me know what you think. There are still a few things to be tweaked but I’m pleased with the overall effect and especially that at last you can hear me speaking.
The open workshops I told you about last month have proved to be quite popular which is a relief in this time of the credit crunch. I believe that business people can see the obvious benefits of increasing your personal skills to give you the edge in an increasingly competitive market place. I can guarantee that attendees will leave at the end of the day’s training with practical skills which they can use immediately. I only have a couple of places left for 24 September and 12 November could possibly be over subscribed if initial interest is anything to go by.
Well, I may have had a little breather in August but its straight back into the fray in September with 6 speaking engagements all over the Midlands. Thank you so much to those who have taken the time to say they have enjoyed reading the blog. Stay with it and I’ll hope to keep you interested.
You might like to know that I am now listed on ‘The Best of Hinckley’ and any feedback on the site would be gratefully received. If you have worked with me and would like to give me a testimonial here is the link:
Tip of the month
To be a good communicator you first have to be a good listener. (Think about that one)
All the best. See you in October and remember:Speak Wisely, Speak well, Speak Loud & Clear!
Tel: 01455 230317