Building trust and rapport on Zoom, Teams and Skype

The Eyes Have it

You've had a few months to get good at video conferencing, however we are seeing some easily-fixed problems happening all the time. We're referring to "eye contact" . If you want to build trust and rapport you need to look someone in the eyes directly. Too many of you are looking down or to the side, which is disconcerting to the viewer. Try raising your computer up on a stand or books so that your webcam is either directly at eye level or a little higher. Also...you can move the other persons image on the screen to directly below your webcam. This allows you to be looking directly at them. Try it!

 


We're Covid Safe

Keeping our Clients safe

Jun 20, 2020 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We have been conducting training virtually for several months now and our clients have said it was a resounding success. We congratulate you all on being able to adapt to having your lessons online. It was rather fun actually! However, we do want to get back to more in-person training as soon as we can, so we have undergone a rigourous safety and health audit to make us covid safe. We have put into place a Covid-19 safety plan and have been registered as a NSW Covid Safe Business. We ask you to join with us as we implement our plan to keep you safe. See you soon.


Something a bit different

Using Sound to put out fires

You'd be amazed what sound can do. An engineering firm in Australia has invented a sonic fire extinguisher that uses super-low frequencies to create a vacuum that starves a fire of oxygen and puts it out. We could have done with this invention at the end of last year during the bushfires. Thinking of bushfires...we haven't forgotten our dear clients who got caught up in them. We also salute the Fireys who worked so hard to keep us safe. 

What a year it's been for everyone ! Sending you all our love. 


To Mask or Not to Mask...that is the question.

How to wear a mask and still talk clearly

 May 11, 2020 by Contributor - Voice Articles

It's the question on everyone's lips...but you can't see their lips! How can I wear a mask and communicate clearly at the same time? Depending on the type of mask you're wearing, you'll find a few things that will create a challenge for you when speaking. Firstly, it's weird trying to breathe behind a mask, secondly, as your mouth is hidden it's obviously impossible for people "read your lips".People who are deaf and people who are new to a language rely heavily on lip reading to understand meaning. We suggest, if you can, speak with your eyes and eyebrows and over-enunciate what you are trying to say. Do your best. Hopefully this won't last for too long. 


New Tricks to Keep going.

The Covid Month....so far.

Apr 18, 2020 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've all had to jump online and learn a lot of new tricks. We've had to become teachers to our kids, videoconferencing stars at work and generally keep the show on the road.  It feels unrelenting. Here are a few voice suggestions to keep you sane. 1.Keep breathing. 2.Adjust your computer height so you are looking at it at eye level, thus avoiding neck strain and letting your voice flow out smoothly. 3. Test and adjust your mic volume so you don't need to speak too loudly. 4. Sip warm lemon and honey water intermittently. 5. Rest....a lot more.

 


Let's do it Online!

Training Update

Mar 20, 2020-by Contributor - Voice Articles

As has always been the case, all Voice Business classes and coaching can be conducted remotely, and for the immediate future and until further notice, we will be moving all Voice Business training online.
For those who are already training remotely, nothing much should change, There should be no disruption to your training as a result of the coronavirus.- Voice Training and Executive Coaching are disciplines that are uniquely suited to handle an epidemic such as this.
Every coach on the The Voice Business staff is experienced at working remotely, both in teaching classes and in leading 1-on-1 coaching sessions.-- You will see, hear and interact with your coach and be able to do all the same exercises you would do in the classroom.
All audio and handout material will be available to you through our online portal.
We will also offer you a BONUS FREE session in the office once we have been given the all clear to stop self-distancing measures.
This is a great time to learn something new and develop your skills...so let's get into it! If you are new and would like to book a course ....visit https://voicebusiness.com.au/booking



The Women of Cricket

The Great Victorian Cricketers

Mar 5, 2020-by Contributor - Voice Articles

Time for fun and games....We're looking forward to meeting the elite Victorian Women's Cricket squad for some advanced training on how to sound great and deliver messaging victories as they continue on their stellar pursuit of excellence.

 


Let's hear it for the Metro!

Announcer Train-ing

Feb 18, 2020 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've been busy designing and presenting a great course for the brand new Sydney Metro. Their busy controllers and staff needed some professional guidance on how to deliver excellent messages, so we showed them how to do it! Now all they need is for the equipment they announce through to be tweeked a little bit further, so that their well structured messages can be more easily heard in those sleek metro trains and beautiful new stations. 

 


What a start to 2020!

2020 came in with a challenge...Fire

 Jan 11, 2020 by Contributor - Voice Articles

It's the year that started with mega-challenge for our clients and staff in Australia. Fire, smoke, loss of life....human,flora and fauna. It also started with incredible bravery from our Firefighters and is continuing on, day in day out. Now however....as is the nature of this magical land... regrowth is appearing. We hope that you and your loved ones and staff are safe. Let's all gently regrow together. Life goes on.

 


Christmas is here again!

Christmas is a time for rest and fun

 Dec 15, 2019 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Well it's almost here. For many of our clients Christmas is a time for family, fun, feasting and celebrations. Carols are sung and stories are told. Not everyone celebrates Christmas of course, however, we wish you all a wonderful end to the year. See our latest Chrismas video on our facebook page and put a smile on your dial. 


Recording for Good

Impressive Lillian Leigh

We have just had the priviledge of working with Lillian on her personal presenting and recording style.

Lillian has just recorded an appeal for The Lung Foundation Australia who are shining a light on Lung Cancer. Lillian tells of the prejudice that many people with lung cancer are faced with. There is so much more to her story. A brave and beautiful woman, being of service to others. You make us proud.


Walking the Talk

Top Executive Advice.

We are old and dear friends with Carolyn Taylor, Global Guru and Coach and Mentor to some of the world's most powerful CEOs and Management teams. Her advice is exemplary and you can find it in her book Walking the Talk and now her new Podcast. Carolyn uses her voice to change the world. Well worth a listen.



Wow! Clients are winning everything!

Well done!

Oct 18, 2019 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've had a busy month celebrating the wins of our past and present clients. Advertising guru Karla Henwood won again at The Women in Media Awards,EcoEntrepreneur Holley Somerville Knott is up for Young Australian of the year and Keval J is winning our hearts in India. Rock on, warriors!


No problem is too big

What's blocking you ?

Sep 24, 2019 by Contributor - Voice Articles

What is getting in your way as a speaker? Are you feeling unskilled? Embarrassed? Hate your voice? Don't know what to do with your hands? Well guess what. It's all fixable. We have some really good techniques to teach you and some compassionate hearts to help you. We've lost count of the number of people who've said this is the best training they've ever had. So if you're sitting on the fence,dangle your legs a little, hop down and come on safari with us. Let's capture your creativity, talent and confidence and bring it home.


Voiceover.com.au - Our new Site

The New Voiceover Site is here!

Aug 30 2019 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've had great fun putting together our new site offering Voiceovers for client projects and advertising. It's not every day you get one of the best voiceover actors in the business to deliver a great read for your e-learning courses or corporate narrations. Come and check us out at voiceover.com.au

 


It's all in the Motion

The Motion Capture Advantage

Jul 18, 2019 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We had a very interesting assignment this month helping with a motion capture project. With motion capture you need to make your face move so that all the dots line up for the many cameras that are simultaneously filming you. Speakers need to remember to move their mouths and relax. Pretty stressful in an odd environment that's for sure. Our reassuring coach helped put the candidate at ease and give a great natural performance.


Value of Voice

What's in a Name

June 28 2019 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Not only does YOUR voice have value...so does the domain name Voice.com. It sold for ....wait for it....$30 million! Holy cow! It is now the highest value domain name in the world. 


One Month to go

The Voice Business Learning Month

May 18, 2019 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've had a busy month so far. Running speech trainings in Brisbane for virtual presenters; teaching Politicians in Parliament and coaching Chinese and Indian delegates in accent reduction in Sydney. Phew. And there's lots more to come as people are gearing up for the EOFY season. Got some training allowance to spend before the end of the financial year? Come on in and learn to make a great impression with your voice. Get ready to rock the new financial year!



It's Bunny time!

Time to stop the hop!

Apr 18, 2019 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've had a busy month. Bet you have too. So now it's time to put down your tools and enjoy a little rest and rabbit time. Grab those chocolate eggs and indulge yourself. We'll catch you all again next week. Take care, stay safe and have fun!


The Neutral Voice

To Sir (Siri) with love

Apr 11, 2019 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Move over Siri or should we say move over Sir! A virtual voice has been created to do away with the gender steryotype of the virtual assistant.The new voice of "Q" was created to sound like neither a man nor woman. Interesting. However we think all voices have merit and can be used in many different ways. AI...Are we going too far?