Laughter is the best medicine


Hello everyone,

It’s Spring and doesn’t it feel good!  A bit of sun and longer days lift the winter gloom.

I was at a networking meeting last month and someone said that we’re talking ourselves deeper into recession by saying how terrible everything is.  He could be right.  It is certainly true that when you are self-employed you only have yourself to blame if you are feeling the pinch.I’m sure that a positive attitude is important and I’m fortunate that I’ve always had that but I also believe that you need to have a bit of fun in life.  ‘All work and no play’ etc. is definately true.  So what have you done recently that has given you a laugh?  Did you know you burn extra calories when you laugh and you release the same endorphins as when you have sex!  I’ve never been to a ‘laughter’ seminar but I’ve been told they are well worth the money as you get a boost which lasts for days.

If you’ve worked with me 1-2-1 or on a course you’ll know that laughter is an important element of working with your voice.  Having a smile on your face warms your tone and makes you sound friendly – remember that when you answer the phone.  There should be a place for laughter in the workplace and I hope you get some in yours.

I suppose a child’s uninhibited laughter is what we love most.  A couple of weeks ago my 15 month old granddaughter had her first profiterole – the beam of pure joy on her face will live in my memory….

So what news on the Loud & Clear front?  It’s been a very busy month with adjudicating engagements at festivals in Chester, Glasgow, Lytham-St-Annes and Newcastle-under-Lyme which involved working three weekends.  I’ve also examined in High Wycombe, run another successful ‘Dynamic Speaking’ course at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester and spoken at 4 events:  the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Supply (CIPS) at Derby, the W.I., Nuneaton, Business Networking South Leics. and the launch of a BoB club in Oadby.  I attended my first Equity meeting in ages and 3 business lunches in Leicester, Solihull & Henley-in-Arden.  Last week I exhibited at an Erewash Partnership event at Ilkeston which was very well attended and amongst new private clients I am pleased to be working with Precious Wilson (a soul singer well known in the 1970’s and 80’s).

I’m glad to say that my voice courses are really proving popular.  The ladies course ‘Being Vocal in a Man’s World’ on 12 May is now full but don’t despair if you were going to book – there will be another one in September.

‘Dynamic Speaking’ on 13 June has 1 place left or you can still book for 3 October.

‘Voice Matters’ has a few spaces on 9 May in Solihull and 12 September in Leicester – still only £160 fully inclusive.  To read what past delegates say about it click here

I’ve a new video for you this month which you can view above which gives a few tips on making your elevator pitch count.  N.B. many thanks to Martin Neeves of Martin Neeves Photography Ltd for filming and editing.  I also had an article published in the business section of the Leicester Mercury last Tuesday entitled ‘My Crazy Week!’ and have been asked to provide an ‘expert opinion’ to go with an article on group exercise instructors and how they should control their breathing etc. It should be in the May/June edition of Fitpro Network magazine.

I’m looking forward to my first weekend for a month.  Here’s hoping for good weather and a few laughs!

So, see you next month and remember to…..

Speak wisely

            Speak well

                                       Speak   Loud & Clear!

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