Mumbler Jumbler Talk

Mumbling is just a way of describing unclear speech, or speech that cannot be easily heard or understood. It’s annoying if you are the listener, because it requires extra effort to translate the bits of information you can glean from what you hear into something wholly intelligible.  It’s also annoying for the speaker, who is often asked to repeat what they have just said. While it may be a mild annoyance in a social situation, it can be quite damaging in a professional situation.  People who speak clearly and audibly are much more likely to get the job than those who don’t get their message across first time. There are many, complex underlying causes for mumbling.  In physical terms, the …

Where Do You Start?

The question “where do you start” with regard to training the voice, has to be preceded by another question, “why would you start?” It’s a simple fact that nobody thinks about voice training unless something occurs to make them suspect their voice is inadequate, or unhealthy. If there is any pain experienced while speaking, at all, the first step is not training, but some form of medical intervention. Get referred by the GP to a specialist, and make sure there is nothing physically amiss. If there is nothing actually wrong with the larynx (voice box) then therapy is usually advised to address the behaviour that is causing the pain. Two common problems that bring people to the idea of voice …

Who Benefits from Voice Training?

Teachers – lawyers – writers – broadcasters – actors (film, tv and theatre) – journalists – doctors – preachers – counsellors – lecturers – salespeople – executives – committee members – public servants (including politicians) – entrepreneurs – and that’s just the start… Writers? Why should they develop their vocal skills and potential? They just sit in a quite room and write, right? Well, sure, until they get published, and have to go on publicity tours, giving readings from their work in front of audiences of potential readers, and being interviewed on radio and tv. How many writers have you heard reading so fast, and in such a monotonous voice that you either fell asleep, or switched off? Entrepreneurs? They …

Private Coaching – the Inside Gen

So, what actually happens when you undertake private voice coaching with Being in Voice?  Well, first of all, you get my undivided attention, addressed to helping you to achieve your goals.  I provide you with a personalised program of exercises, beginning at the foundational, basic level, ensuring that you understand – first and foremost – what your voice ACTUALLY is, and how it works, so that you may undertake the exercises with full awareness of what you are doing, and how it relates to your achieving your goals. As you become comfortable with the exercises, we extend them into more and more challenging areas, so you know that you are progressing, that your voice is becoming more powerful, more open …

New Tricks for Extending Vocal Life

Recently, I was invited to run some workshops for 4RPH, Radio for the Print Impaired, to give their volunteer announcers some advice on how to avoid vocal strain, improve their clarity and generally help them to get the most out of their voices. We were absolutely delighted with the large number of people who committed three hours of their time – as well as all the hours they devote to the actual broadcasting – to learn some new tricks. Of course, there are no tricks involved. And a little knowledge is no dangerous thing. On the contrary, helping these wonderful people to understand exactly how their voices function is the first step to helping them realise more of their vocal …