Monthly Archives: October 2011

31 
Oct

Priscilla goes though the Looking Glass!

Hello everyone,

As many of you know I began my working life as a speech & drama teacher and over the last 40 years I’ve done more than 40 theatrical productions with adults and youngsters.  It occurred to me that planning these events is very much like running a business – there are so many balls you have to keep in the air at once.

Since September I’ve been rehearsing ‘Alice’s Adventures’ on Saturdays and Sundays with 80 youngsters aged 7 to 19.  Here are some of the processes that the production involves:

  • March – a meeting for all interested parties
  • April – Auditions taking 6 hours
  • Casting and duplication of individual scripts
  • Rehearsal schedule to performance dates on 9 to 11 February 2012
  • Listing the props and getting help (4 willing parents) – flamingos!!!
  • Listing costumes (105) and enlisting helpers to make, find or hire
  • Design/print posters and the programme
  • Selling advertising space
  • Getting raffle prizes
  • Selling tickets
  • Organising helpers for later rehearsals and dressing rooms
  • Booking photographer and publicity shoot
  • Getting onto local radio and into the press
  • Scenery – borrowing stage cloths and getting pieces made (mushroom, tree, royal court)
  • Booking musicians for the week of the show

And that’s just for starters – I’m sure many more things will need doing before we get to opening night.

So, a producer/director needs to be a jack-of-all-trades and although many others will be involved, the buck will stop with yours truly.

By the way, if you’d like to come and see our stunning production from 9th to 11th February at 7.30pm plus a 2.30pm matinee on the 11th, let me know.  All proceeds will be going to the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley which relies totally on charitable donations and audience revenue.

I had another busy month in October with 2 open workshops; a ‘Dynamic Speaking’ day in Leicester and a ‘Being Loud & Clear’ half day in Solihull.  I also trained staff at the Co-op Banking Group, Manchester and Cemex, Rugby.  Individual coaching included a trip to Ofsted, Bristol to coach a member of staff and I spoke at a Coventry Chamber of Commerce event.  There were the usual networking happenings and a couple of theatre trips.

November is certainly equally busy with another ‘Dynamic Speaking’ day on 1 November (full) and a ‘Voice Matters in Business’ half day on 8 November (also full)

I’ll be working for 6 days in Plymouth, 2 days in Cambridge and 1 day in Colne, Lancs.  To finish off November I’ll be working with the ladies in ‘Being Vocal in a Man’s World’ at Solihull on 23 November and Kettering on 25 November. At only £35 it’s the bargain of the month – if not the year!  See here for more information on my courses. There are lots of free tips on my website and YouTube channel so why not take a look here

Well, that’s all I have time for this month.  Don’t forget to follow my tweets – @VoiceExpert

Speak wisely

            Speak well

                                       Speak   Loud & Clear! 

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Published Date: 31st October 2011
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02 
Oct

PRISCILLA & DOCTOR WHO???

Hello everyone,
Did you hear the news story a couple of weeks ago about poor communication amongst doctors with ESOL?  (English as a second language).  This is a problem that concerns us all as it is vital that we understand what doctors say to us, especially in emergency situations.  I had a very interesting insight into this issue in 2010 when I had a phone call from a hospital consultant in Northants.  He was Chinese by birth and had been living and working in the UK for 9 years.  his vocabulary was excellent but he had been informed by others (remember WE THINK we’re fine) that his patients couldn’t understand him and his nursing team also had difficulty following his instructions.
There was more than one reason for this.  When I met him I found that he was very quietly spoken and had learnt his English from an Australian!  I’ll leave you to imagine the result but the problem for him was that the vowel sounds (there are 24 in spoken English) were way out of shape.  Our programme focused on the shapes followed by strengthening of his vocal system to produce a louder sound.  It took 8 monthly sessions to achieve the results he needed but the most important aspect of this was that he was more confident and effective in his work communication.
What did September hold for me?  I attended 10 networking events and spoke at 2 others.  I exhibited at Leicester Cricket Club and Walkers Stadium and watched 4 theatrical productions.  There were 6 ‘Alice’ rehearsals and I worked with 13 private clients.
The workshop tally included:
‘Being Loud & Clear’ at Leicester
Two and half days bespoke for National Grid
‘Voice Protection & Projection’ for Notts County Council swimming coaches
Half day bespoke for RSPB, Basildon – teenage ambassadors.
Now for the blatant advert bit!
On 3rd October I’m running one of my ‘Dynamic Speaking’ days at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester.  We’re full with 8 delegates so you’re too late!  Only kidding because there’s another one on 1 November at same venue.
Do you want to make your presentations really memorable?  A workshop that will really surprise you and deliver essential skills.  See feedback and booking form here
Are you one of the West Midlands followers? If so, then there’s just time to book onto ‘Being Loud & Clear’ at the Premier Inn, Hockley Heath on 10 October – 9.30am to 12.30pm.  It only costs £40.  See lots of excellent feedback and booking form here
That’s nearly it for this month.  Many thanks for those who keep re-tweeting some of my comments.  You can follow me @VoiceExpert
Download free tips on presentation and conversation here
or you can also request my free CD:  ‘Voice Matters’ – 30 minutes of tips and advice with me in conversation with Daniel Bruce, radio presenter.
Until next time:
“Your talk may be cheap but your speech should be priceless”

Speak wisely

            Speak well

                                       Speak   Loud & Clear! 

Contact:
Web:  www.loudandclearuk.com/
Email: info@loudandclearuk.com
Phone: 01455 230317
Mobile: 07779519388
Twitter: @VoiceExpert

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Published Date: 2nd October 2011
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