Voice Warm-Ups

By Cathy Sobocan, M.A. This is part one of my series on voice warm-ups. Speaking for any length of time is like aerobics for the voice therefore conducting an efficient voice warm-up will help your body create and support a confident, healthy sound. Voice warm-ups will also help to calm your nerves and give you energy. I call this voice …

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How to Speak with Charisma

Everyone has charisma. It’s apparent when we’re feeling truly alive and fully present in any given situation. For example, athletes win when they approach their game with clear, attentive, focused energy. If they don’t, they usually lose, and you might hear them say, “I was off my game.” Or perhaps you went to a concert to watch your favourite singer, …

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How to Clear Your Throat

Some people find that they have to consistently clear their throat prior to speaking. The reasons for that may vary; a dry cough, a lump sensation, a slight tickle, mucus, medication, anxiety, or other minor or serious medical conditions. It’s typical to cough to try to clear the throat, but coughing can irritate your vocal folds. Here are other methods …

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Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

By Cathy Sobocan, M.A. It takes time and practice to get over a fear of any kind, so let’s begin with a simple strategy you can use to get over your fear of public speaking. I practiced this during my career as a radio announcer. Once a month I would meet with my news director for an “air-check.” An air-check …

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How Swearing Can Improve Your Voice

By Cathy Sobocan, M.A. Let’s face it; most of us utter a few swear words now and again, even if it’s just under the breath. But did you know that having a good swear helps to open up your voice? Here’s how swearing can improve your voice…

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How to release tension in the jaw

By Cathy Sobocan, M.A. Jaw tension is very common. And when the jaw fails to move freely, it can result in voice issues such as mumbling, speaking too quickly, and a voice that doesn’t sound very confident and inviting. The masseter muscle is the key muscle that moves the jaw upward and it’s the muscle where we often hold tension. …

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How to apply to speak at a TEDx event

By Jennifer Kelly (Intro by Cathy Sobocan) The fabulous Jennifer Kelly of New Initiatives Marketing in Toronto, served for the last two years as chair of TEDxDistilleryWomen in Toronto. After receiving countless requests asking how to get selected to speak at a TEDx event she decided to write this very helpful article. How to apply to speak at a TEDx …

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Speaking at TEDx

By Cathy Sobocan, M.A. Can you finish this sentence? My “Idea Worth Spreading” is …

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How To Be a Better Communicator

If you want to be a better communicator, it requires that you be fully engaged with your audience, as well as yourself. There aren’t any tricks here. No matter if you’re a top executive heading up meetings, or giving a keynote speech, it’s soul searching work… How to be a Better Communicator Checklist  Are you communicating without judgment? Or focused …

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Breathing From Your Centre

If someone were to ask you to take a breath, would you take a big inhalation of air through the nose? Would your shoulders rise? Would you feel the air at the top of the chest? That’s an indication of breathing with your secondary respiratory muscles. Also note that many people breathe prematurely, using the neck and shoulder muscles before …

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