First, I took a coach party of 49 to Tolethorpe Hall, Lincs for ‘Wind in the Willows’ adapted by Alan Bennett. Unfortunately it began to rain as we set out our picnic but we finished it in the Orangery and thoroughly enjoyed the play which was visually stunning with tremendous individual characterizations.
Last week I went to see ‘Oklahoma’ at the Kilworth House Hotel theatre near Lutterworth. The theatre only opened last year and it’s set to be a favourite destination for Midlands theatre goers. Imaginative direction, a cast with energy and a beautiful setting made for a great night out.
On the Loud & Clear front I have been pretty busy too. I delivered a full day workshop for SBJ Professional Insurance in Bristol at the beginning of the month to a group of 8 managers and a few days later spent a day at Lincoln University delivering workshops on how the voice impacts on success in interviews and the job market for 50 sixth formers. This was collaboration with my American colleague, Linda Thomson, of Ready4Life. (www.ready4life.co.uk)
I was delighted to speak at a Ladies lunch organised by Tracey Hood at Desford and to give a presentation to members of Powertalk ITC at Congleton – thanks for the invitation go to Lorna Sheldon of The Complete Works (www.compworks-int.co.uk)
June is always busy for examining work and this year I went to Berkshire, Nottingham, Derby, Manchester and Montrose.
A business exhibition organized by Leicestershire and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce at Hinckley enabled me to showcase my new promotional DVD and there was considerable interest in what I was offering. As a result of this and many other meetings with businesses during the last few months we have sent out around 100 copies of the DVD during the last two weeks. As well as UK contacts we have sent copies to Hong Kong, Dubai, USA and Qatar and hope that some will result in an invitation to visit prospective clients. We are very grateful to our contacts in these countries for taking some time to promote Loud & Clear to their client base.
You might like to know what a Voice Coach does on a daily basis. Well, the nice thing is that this varies a great deal so that you never get the chance to become bored
Generally in the morning I will have some individual business clients coming to my studio. I usually try and give myself a gap early afternoon for paperwork; phone calls etc. then I have performing arts students 3 nights per week from 4pm. If I’m examining or adjudicating I will have to travel to the centre (often the day before) and then travel back after a full day of judging. I may be doing planning work for forthcoming workshops or speaking engagements and every week I have one or two networking meetings to attend for breakfast or lunch. I am increasingly being asked to speak at these meetings which I’m delighted to do as it is a very effective way of showing how I can make a difference for the average business man or woman.
July is looking a little less frantic I’m pleased to say as I have worked three 7 day weeks in a row and I’m especially looking forward to a short break in Jersey.
See you in August!
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