What happened to the Summer then? The weather wasn’t up to much and, as always, it went very fast. As I mentioned last month, my intention was to have a month off with just two days for business clients and I did quite well…..
Stewart & I had a few days at a friend’s flat in Devon and my daughter Debbie and I enjoyed spending my birthday vouchers at Ragdale Hall Spa. I also caught up with several female friends and had some girly days out. One of my favourite pastimes is reading and I came upon a fascinating article about body movement which I thought I’d share with you.
Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA) was developed in Britain in the 1940’s and expanded as a management consultancy tool in the 1950’s. It profiles a person’s integrated movement sequences to get from one position to the next. So it is nothing to do with obvious body language traits such as folded arms, crossed legs etc., but a person’s intrinsic patterns of movement – like individual DNA. By studying film taken at interviews, leading European companies are now analysing staff and choosing the best person for the job based on MPA. Experts can see how a person acts and reacts during decision making. Traits such as dynamism, impulsiveness, deliberation and hesitation can be identified.
There are three phases to decision making in this methodology:
a) ‘Attention’ – requiring investigating and assessing.
b) ‘intention’ – weighing up the pros and cons and finding a possible direction to take
c) ‘Commitment’ – how you finally act.
It is interesting that we cannot ‘fake’ our movement patterns so what you see is what you get! Understanding how your body and other people’s bodies react can help improve communication. we know that humans transmit a lot of non-verbal information and MPA is a very useful tool to add to the kit.
The way we show our character type includes effort, speed, direction and whether we use a limited range of movement or lots. I shall definitely be researching this and adding it to my course materials. With many large companies in Britain and the the US already using it for strengthening teams, job recruitment and personal development it looks as if we may be seeing more MPA in the future.
I did five speaking engagements in August. the most interesting was for a Barclays Management meeting in Leicester. I believe they found it quite thought provoking.
My courses are proving popular as usual and her is what I have available:
17 September ‘Dynamic Speaking’, Leicester – FULL
27 September ‘Vocie Matters’, Leicester – FULL
8 October ‘Voice Matters’, Leicester Marriott Hotel – £160
9 November ‘Dynamic Speaking’, Leicester Marriott Hotel – £210 (4 places remaining)
17 January ‘Voice Matters’, Solihull – £160 (12 places)
* HOT OFF THE PRESS*
for LADIES only – half day 1st November, Leicester
‘How to be vocal in a man’s world!’
Have fun and learn some surprising facts!
Apart from Loud & Clear business i have been spending lots of time over the summer directing and producing ‘Dick Barton – Special Agent’ by Phil Willmott. This hilarious spoof affectionately takes the mickey out of the famous post-war radio serial. If you are near the Concordia Theatre, Hinckley between 7th and 11th September come along or call 01455 230317 to reserve your seats.
i was delighted to find a few days ago that I was number 2 when you search Google for ‘voice coach’. This had brought some interesting enquiries from major companies in the Far East – I’ll keep you posted.
Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for (possibly!). I am not going to give you tips in writing anymore but in person! Here is my first offering and please let me have your feedback.
It’s short and sweet and if you are following my Tweets there will be more soon. Better still, why not log onto my Youtube Channel and click the ‘Subscribe’ button. And remember:
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Lauren Sameuls in her new dressing room
at the Piccadilly Theatre, London with her ‘Sandy’
wig for her debut in Grease on 24 July.
Me running a seminar at The Leicester Business Club.
I hope you are enjoying the summer and any holidays you can fit in.
When I was thinking of a title for this month’s epistle I suddenly realised that there had been a number of new things which had happened to me and those around me in the past 4 weeks.
1st – Yesterday I met a businessman at Northampton who had started his own company just 2 days before offering care in the home. This was a big step for him as he had been employed for over 25 years.
2nd – On 26 July my ex-student Lauren Samuels took several important steps on her first night as Sandy in the musical Grease in the West End. Stewart and I were there with our daughter, Debbie, and Lauren was terrific. Hopefully this will be the first of many opening nights in a glittering theatrical career.
3rd – The same week, on 28 July, another ex-student began a new TV series. Carol Machin is a presenter on ‘The Secret Tourist’ on BBC1 at 9:00am. She seems to be traveling to exotic parts for this – lucky her!
4th – My granddaughter Evie was Christened on 1 August. It was a wonderful occasion with family and friends gathered from around the UK to welcome her on her journey through life. You can see pictures and a video of the happenings here.
5th – I began voice coaching sessions with several new clients in July including a dentist, an engineer, a director of 4 Networking and the MD of a management consultancy firm. I also joined two networking organisations – The Womens Business Clubs and Business Over Breakfast (BOB Clubs).
We all need new ideas and stimuli to keep ourselves fresh and challenges to keep the brain lively. Every ‘new beginning’ we have in social life or business requires focus and determination to carry it through. Without my decision 7 years ago to try something completely new Loud & Clear voice coaching would never have happened and it has sometimes been hard to keep motivated. Has it been worth it? Absolutely! I’ve met some wonderful people and hopefully helped them to move their business forward and for some it really was a ‘new beginning’. If you have a burning desire to try something new, do it. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
So what else have I been up to in July? I examined in Worcester and Cheshunt and took a Voice Protection and Projection workshop for the ASA at Stoke-on-Trent. I spoke at five events courtesy of invitations from 4 Networking (Lichfield & Mansfield), Avril Marshall for the Utility Warehouse (Coventry), EMEW (Lutterworth) and TWBC (Loughborough) – both womens’ organisations.
In addition I attended 6 other networking events and was invited together with Stewart to a delicious free buffet at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester as a thank you for using their facilities for my workshops.
We had a good laugh at the Little Theatre, Leicester at the start of the month watching ‘Charlie’s Aunt’ and I finished the month with a residential drama course in Lincoln for fifteen 11 to 16 yr olds. For some of them it was their first time on stage so there were yet more ‘new beginnings’.
Rehearsals for ‘Dick Barton, Special Agent’ are gathering pace. Posters and photos are appearing in public places and tickets (hopefully) selling well. For anyone interested in the Hinckley area, the performance dates are 7th to 11th September at the Concordia Theatre, Stockwell head at 7:30pm. you can order tickets from me!
If all goes to plan I will be filming some short video tips for you to view on my website during August but I also hope to have some ‘non-working’ days to recharge the batteries.
My open workshops in September and October have a few spaces left and if you are interested take a look here for details. These will probably be the last until May/June 2011 due to foreign travel (both works and holidays) in between.
Well that’s plenty for now. You can keep up with my activities by following me on Twitter here. If you can’t be bothered with that I’ll keep you in touch next month.
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Phone: 01455 230317