What do you do when you are up against the elements?

Conquering fear.

Nov 15, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Blair, sailor extraordinaire, who's off on yet another adventure, this time, circumnavigating Australia. (She's already conquered Antarctica!) She has a great story to tell about being out at sea alone when her mast broke...read her upcoming book "Demasted" to find out how she handled the fear...and look out for her speaking tour where she tackles everyone's fear of public speaking with the same courage.Be inspired.

Getting you "voice-ready" to podcast

The Journey to a Podcast

Oct 7, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Many people want to voice their own podcast and take sounding good seriously. One such person is Journalist Nina Young, who wrote and recorded her very personal story of her emotional journey into uncovering the truth about her own father in "My father, the Murderer" a six part true crime story. Be sure to tune in on Foxtel.

Yes...Introverts can make great presenters

Not Everyone Needs to be Loud in a Crowd

Sep 28, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Time for reflection. If you are a natural introvert, or maybe feel you have become more introverted as you've got older, you are going to find taking a course in presenting skills will help your confidence immeasurably. In her book  Quiet:The power of Introverts in a world that can't stop talking, Susan Cain gives some great insights into how an introvert can thrive by facing their fear and learning public speaking. A good read.

Interesting folk

We've been meeting some great people this month

Aug 24, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've been back and forth between Sydney and Melbourne this month training the Unions on how to sound good on the phone;executives on how to reduce their accent and improve their possibilities for promotion; entrepreneurs in how to pitch their start up and writers in how to podcast. Big month and lots of fun too. 

The Four Fears

What's scaring You?

Jul 14, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

In their book, Play to Win! Choosing Growth Over Fear in Work and Life, Hersch and Larry Wilson outline psychologist Maxie Maultsby’s concept of the Four Fatal Fears.(1) The fear of failure (2) The fear of being wrong (3) The fear of rejection (4) The fear of facing uncomfortable emotions. All of these fears get activated when you are about to make a presentation or have an interview. However, you can learn some excellent ways to deal with them. We'll show you how.

One-Way Conversations

Enjoy Talking to yourself?

Jun 14, 2018by Contributor - Voice Articles

Ever seen someone talking to themself and thought... Whoh! Talking to yourself used to be considered the first sign of madness. However, a recent study by Nottingham Trent University in the UK has discovered we are considerably more successful at problem solving if we talk out loud rather than puzzle it out in our head. Apparently it focuses your attention (not to mention the curious attention of onlookers!)

Different Pitches-Different Perceptions

Hearing is believing...or is it?

Jun 13, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

The reason people are hearing different words is because the sound bite is being played at different pitches, or heard through speakers or headphones that are calibrated to different pitches. Could this be why men and women sometimes think they hear what the other is saying only to be told they have heard it wrong? Maybe the pitch of our voice is changing the perception of the message.

Are you hearing things?

What do YOU hear?

May 17, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Have you had fun with this hearing test yet? It just hit the net and is sending people crazy! Why? Because people who hear this sound are utterly convinced that they are hearing YANNY....no LAUREL!...No YANNY!! ...no....LAUREL!!!!!. We'll give you the secret as to why this is happening in our next post. Stay tuned. 

Talking to your Dog

Loving your Best friend

April 30,2018 - by Contributor - Voice Articles

Researchers at the Univerity of York have run multiple tests on dogs and it has been proven that they love being talked to in a "soppy tone" . No surprise here! They like hearing speech directed at them such as " you are a good doggy" "good boy/girl" etc especially if it is in sing-songly voice. We think it is good practice for you too...as it helps you relax your throat and vary the pitch of your voice. A reward for both of you! 

Stiff Upper Lip

How to hold your head high

April 18,2018 - by Contributor - Voice Articles

You might be suprised to know that the saying "stiff upper lip" that is used to commonly refer to a particular English vocal trait, is in fact a US invention. It was an early phrase referring to a poem by a US women's rights advocate. An early #metoo reference perhaps. The Brits liked the power behind the sentiment. Emotional Resilience in face of a challenge. Try holding your top lip stiffly and you'll get the feel for the mouth position required to produce an English Upper Class accent. It's fun to do and timely...with Royal Wedding fever in the air!

Ordering your clothes using your voice

Don't mumble your measurements!

Mar 11, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Smart shoppers have taken to ordering their clothes by speaking to their Artificially Intelligent Speaker Systems. We've heard that the order can come out 3 sizes too big if you mumble your instructions! See...you even need to have a good voice to talk to a THING! ...OMG!

Animals talk in accents...really?

Bats do dialects...no kidding!

Feb 18, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

According to the latest discoveries by scientists, bats along with birds and dolphins have regional accents! Apparently, when bats are moved away from their mother colony and put into a new one, they listen to the sounds of other bats around them and pick up the exact same squeals. Humans often do the same (particularly if we're having fun!)...it's a way to fit in with the tribe.

The New Year Kicks off to a good start

The Voice Business kicks off!

Jan 26, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've had a busy start to the year. It seems lots of people want to sound good this year. And we are happy to help. We are running trainings in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne in February and March and then have a full program in all capital cities during the rest of the year. Book in early via the website or phone to secure your place. We look forward to meeting you and your team.

2018....Let's make it great!

Adventures waiting for you in the New Year 2018

Jan 1, 2018 by Contributor - Voice Articles

What will this exciting year bring for you? What topics will you need to present? What will you be speaking about in business? to your family? to your friends? Hot topics this year will be cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, organics, new styles in leadership, engaging relationships and cooperative teamwork. Come and upgrade your virtual presenting skills and learn how to keep the important "human" touch and authenticity in all you do. 

Are you speaking to "things"?

Talking to your new best friends - AI

Dec 22, 2017 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Everywhere you turn you'll find yourself either talking or listening to "things'. Chatting to Siri or Cortana: commanding Alexa or Google to find things for you or turn on the lights. Bet you didn't know that they have a hard time helping you if they can't clearly hear your words. To spruce up your pronunciation...be sure to move your lips!


Interstate Trainings

The Voice Business Visits our Clients

Nov 18, 2017 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've had another busy month. Training C-level execs in Perth; running voiceover and speech trainings in Brisbane and Adelaide ; teaching presentation skills in Melbourne and accent reduction workshops in Sydney. Wow. And there's lots more to come as people are gearing up for the Christmas cocktail season. Come on in and learn to make a great conversational impression with your voice! We've got a great course for that.

Hang on...just adjusting...my voice.

Putting it on a bit thick

Oct 10, 2017 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Researchers have found that two out of five people own up to using a fake voice to make a better impression on their caller. However most people can't keep it up for long.Women do it more than men but are often unaware they are doing it. The report also says that older people put on a "phone voice" less than younger people. So we don't just "dress to impress"...we "talk to impress" too. 

Ooops! Cover your mouth!

The Secret Life of Yawning

Oct 10, 2017 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Most of us try to stifle a yawn because we think it's rude. However, I bet you didn't know that human behaviourists have discovered that a yawn is an evolutionary process indicating empathy.Before language,if people around you yawned when you did, it indicated that you were part of the same group. Try it out...it's contagious with people who like you the most! And, by the way, it's a great way to release tension from your jaw. Great for speaking!

Why we change our voice when we are impressed by someone

Talking about High Status

Sept 23, 2017 by Contributor - Voice Articles

Did you know that we change our voice when we talk to people who we think are higher status than us? Well, we do, and it's often not obvious to us. Recent research has pointed out that women tend to raise the pitch of their voice and men tend to speak more softly.People who consider themselves to be high status however, tend to talk in a measured way. Come and learn how to talk like the VIP you are...and make a great impression...naturally.

Tour de Force

The Voice Business...August...so far!

Aug 19, 2017 by Contributor - Voice Articles

We've just returned from a whirlwind tour of Australia...running workshops, trainings and catching up with our clients. Went to Brisbane,Perth,Adelaide and Melbourne before returning to a full program in Sydney. Lots of fun was had by all! Join our mailing list if you'd like to be kept updated about our next tour . We do six big trips per year. Plus Skype lessons happen anywhere,anytime, all year round.