You’re up there, ready to speak. You’ve rehearsed; you’re prepared; you open your mouth, and your voice sounds nothing like you were expecting it to! It’s shaky, or too breathy, or overly pinched, too high or too low. Hello, nerves!
The head thrust – aligning head and shoulders – aligning breath and voice – aligning emotion and intention. Alignment affects our voice physically and emotionally. When our head is aligned, when it sits simply above our shoulders, our vocal
I have been noticing all the different types of handshakes. Over the past few weeks, when someone has taken my hand for a greeting, they have only partially shaken my hand. Mostly, they have shaken my fingers. This is
Arms and hands are part of effective communication. And just as with speaking, clarity makes a difference. Hands are most effective when they reinforce what is being said. Arms and hands mid-level, in conjunction with what is being said,
Are you able to hold the space? Sometimes in business, we don’t know what to do when one of our co-workers speaks or acts outside of the norm. We interpret her/his behavior or energy through our own lens.
The yawn is excellent for speakers. Yawn happily and fully. I’ll suggest perhaps not in front of your intended audience – but most definitely before. A good yawn stretches the articulators, creates space in the mouth, connects your breath and
Our personal perceptions affect our business relationships. Years ago, I remember hearing author Stephen Covey share a story about sitting on the train and being affected by some ill behaved kids and their non-engaged father. Covey found himself judging
In a meeting, stand when it is your turn to speak.In a presentation, stand when it is your turn to present. Standing up allows people to see who is speaking without trying to see around others. It is not arrogant to