I’m writing this month’s epistle at the end of a great day spent with family & friends in front of the TV sharing a bit of bubbly. We British know how to do pageantry don’t we!
I have always loved our history (I took A-level a long time ago!). Wherever we go, I’m the one who is touring the castle or hunting for the priest hole in the grand house. I love the stories of the people who lived there and the way those great names from our past have made us what we are as a nation. Some of them were good, some bad and some pretty indifferent but they are all fascinating to me. I have been particularly interested in the voices of the past and the way they’ve affected us. We know that Henry V and Elizabeth 1 actually rallied the troops with emotive speeches on the battlefield. In the last century two powerful speakers (Churchill and Hitler) were responsible for motivating their respective nations with the spoken word. We still remember the exact words of some of Churchill’s great speeches 70 years on and that is totally due to his unique way of delivering them.
As a voice coach I am in the privileged position of being able to help people find their own unique voice. Sometimes it had become hidden or changed by lack of focus but we can all affect people positively with a little knowledge and my word, how powerful that can be! Think about the people in your life who have influenced you. Did they do it with their voice and body language? One of the reasons I did so well in history is that I had a teacher who was enthusiastic and engaging. It was as if he took on the personalities of the characters he talked about and that produced magic in our communication.
So what else have I been up to during April? Well I took the last week off to recharge the batteries but I attended 11 networking events, worked with 12 individual business clients and saw 4 theatrical performances. I also attended an Equity meeting in Coventry, spoke at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply meeting in Thetford, Norfolk and auditioned nearly 100 youngsters for a production of ‘Alice’ which begins rehearsing in September – PHEW!
Now for an EXCITING bit of news. Most of you will know that I have been running highly successful workshops for business since 2008 in the East & West Midlands. Well IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE!
I’ve looked at the economic climate and re-thought the format. So the ‘Voice Matters’ day course becomes ‘Being Loud & Clear’ + ‘Voice Matters in Business’ These two half-day courses cost only £40 each (or £75 if you book for both) – SAME CONTENT – LOWER PRICE.
The ladies only ‘Being Vocal in a Man’s World’ is still available at only £35.
Courses details can be found here (just tab down to view the different ones)
All courses will deliver SKILLS and KNOWLEDGE which GUARANTEE to make you a better communicator.
I hope to have the pleasure of working with you soon and if you have already worked with me please pass this on.
Don’t forget to view here for my latest training video on useful advice for your elevator pitch.
The sun is shining, summer is coming and we should all look on the bright side!
P.S. – Free on 9 May? Just 1 place left on my full day course at Solihull. Only £120 including a lovely lunch and all refreshments. Individual attention in a small group.
So, remember to…..
Speak Loud & Clear!