Some sad news to start this month. We had to have our lovely British tabby cat put to sleep aged 20. She was living a really happy life up to the end but we’ll miss her.
For me it’s been all work and no play! I took a look at my diary for March and I had only 1 day without working which is rather too much even for me. Thank goodness Easter is coming up and I intend having a few days off.
March is always a busy month for festivals and I have judged the speech & drama sections of three this year. I thought I might tell you about what this entails. I am one of about 50 national adjudicators in Speech & Drama. To become one you have to have extensive experience in all areas of oral communication and nowadays you train over about 18 months. When I began in 1991 you were invited to join the British Federation of Festivals and I have been fortunate to work in some interesting places. Festivals book you individually and I was the first British adjudicator in Bermuda. I have worked in Sri Lanka three times and their festivals can involve 6 weeks of travel all over the country. I go to Hong Kong every 2 years for their national festival which lasts for 5 weeks. There are numerous festivals in Britain and Ireland and during March I worked in Harrogate, Chester & Doncaster. Each festival offers a unique programme of performances and these are some of the areas I have judged this month:
You can judge classes aged under 6 to open adult classes and they will be mixed up during the day. Each entrant is given an individual written report and mark. At the end of each class it is my job to entertain and inform the competitors & their audience to help them improve their skills for next year. So there you have it – a whistle-stop tour of an adjudicator’s job.
I also examined in Southwold, Milton Keynes, Worcester and Cambridge for LAMDA which involved quite a lot of staying in hotels and earting too much!
My 4th ‘Voice Matters!’ took place at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester on 11 march and once again feedback was great. Just this morning one of the delegates told me the timing was excellent as he has been asked to appear on BBC Radio Leicester on Sunday – as an extra bonus he picked up 2 clients at the workshop so it paid for itself! I am encouraged to keep at it and therefore I have 2 more organised for 22 April, Hogarth’s Hotel, Solihull and 16 June, Marriott Hotel.
Several businesses have been able to access the funding on offer from East Midlands Train to Gain to work with me. As you know I have been an approved training supplier with East Midlands Business Link for some time now but I’m delighted to tell you that I have also completed the assessment process for the West Midlands so businesses in Warks, Worcs, Birmingham etc. can now apply for funding to work with me in total confidence.
So what else did I get up to in March? I took a full day session on ‘Voice Play’ with 10 enthusiastic ladies at Ilkeston. This was run by the Erewash Partnership in collaboration with the East Midlands Development Authority and I am hoping to do further events for them in the near future. I also took my ‘Voice Protection & Projection’ workshop to Nottingham for the Amateur Swimming Association and was delighted when one attendant wrote on the evaluation form that “it was the best CPD course I have ever done”. My interractive session on ‘Marketing with your voice’ was delivered to the Women in Management group, Leicester and I provided an inspirational talk on my business success for LeicstHERday at Wigston to around 40 ladies and 3 gentlemen! This was a half day session for people thinking about starting their own businesss and I am also hoping to provide a seminar for their annual conference in June.
Well I think that’s quite enough for now except for:
Tip of the month
Just opening your mouth a little more than usual will really improve your clarity. Simple, but it works!
Speak Wisely, Speak well, Speak Loud & Clear!
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