09 
May

Why make a Drama of it?


Something is happening in education at the moment which gives me concern.  In order to fulfil the new requirements of the International Baccalaureate many senior schools are having to focus more on extending their ‘academic’ subject…

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Published Date: 9th May 2018
Category: Recent

04 
Mar

The Working Voice


Isn’t it interesting that the voice, which we use so much every day, is a part of the body that most of us know very little about. That is because we use it instinctively. But, with a little knowledge,…

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Published Date: 4th March 2018
Category: Recent

09 
Feb

Common Sense Tips for Public Speaking


I remember my Public Speaking professor, John Holgate, saying that a good Public Speaker is someone who knows himself very well and can therefore give a very good performance of being himself!

Think about that for a moment. What is…

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Published Date: 9th February 2018
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18 
Jan

Your voice & its link to birdsong

I came across this interesting article recently.

Linguists studying languages around the world find they are quite diverse in structure, but there are also common features called ‘universal patterns’. It’s possible there are cultural influences that lead to this or…

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Published Date: 18th January 2018
Category: Recent

21 
Dec

Making a Connection

This year the Royal institution Christmas lectures are all about communication. Neuroscientist, Professor Sophie Scott, will be unravelling the fascinating facts about how we understand each other.

Words are not all we have, of course. Our facial expressions and body-language…

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Published Date: 21st December 2017
Category: Recent

14 
Nov

Playing the Emotion Card

I was never a particular fan of George Michael’s music. I liked some of his songs but not others. However, I was interested enough to record his film ‘Freedom’ when it was recently broadcast. He had almost completed it…

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Published Date: 14th November 2017
Category: Recent

05 
Oct

Theresa May & the Poorly Voice

This morning’s papers are full of comments on Theresa May’s conference speech yesterday. Unfortunately, the comments are not generally about the content but about a security breach and a voice which was not up to the…

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Published Date: 5th October 2017
Category: Recent

25 
Sep

How to Command a Room

Why is it that some people just draw your attention to them the moment they step through the door? Is it the aftershave that takes your breath away or the fact that they are carrying a large stuffed panda?…

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Published Date: 25th September 2017
Category: Recent

26 
Jul

Getting off The Treadmill

Those of you who regularly read my blogs will know that I am a bit of a workaholic!  I have been a self employed Voice and Acting Coach for 45 years and on the whole, I have enjoyed every…

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Published Date: 26th July 2017
Category: Recent

12 
Jun

CHINESESLY SPEAKING

For those of you who might be wondering, this is not about how to learn Mandarin but rather a brief overview of my recent four week trip to three cities in China to examine for LAMDA.

As with much foreign…

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Published Date: 12th June 2017
Category: Recent