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Christmas

A Christmas Message From The ConfidentSpeak Crew!

It’s our favourite time of year again and as the CS team wrap things up for Christmas (both literally and figuratively speaking:)  we’d like to take a moment to say to all of our clients, Thank You For Choosing Us And Making Us Part Of Your Journey!

We feel privileged to work with people, every day, who make our job so interesting; and who make what we do so very worthwhile!

So whether you’ve worked with us in the past, are considering working with us in the future, or are just shooting the breeze browsing our blog; we would like to wish you all a Wonderful Christmas And A Peaceful New Year 2020!

Ps In keeping with CS tradition, here is one of our favourite Irish Christmas adverts. Check out the vocal delivery!

The Real King's Speech Techniques for Breathing and Speaking

The Real King’s Speech Techniques: What You Can Learn About Breath and Speaking

The movie The King’s Speech won so many awards and so many admirers when it arrived in cinemas. But what can you learn about speaking from the real King’s Speech techniques? Read on for more.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

The Real King's Speech techniques for breathing and speaking

A few years back I watched a documentary, which looked at the true story behind one of my favourite movies, The King’s Speech.

Winner of a host of awards, the critically acclaimed The King’s Speech highlights the inspiring story of Prince Albert (later to become King George VI) struggle to overcome his crippling stammer.

Prince Albert suffered with a nervous stammer from childhood and prior to his succession to the throne, his wife Elizabeth, sought the help of Lionel Logue, an Australian Speech Therapist practicing in London.

Albert was at first rather reluctant, but he began seeing Logue and partaking in his then perceived, unorthodox training, and his speech, gradually, improved.

Logue and the Prince (and later King) maintained a strong bond and Logue was present in the room to provide support for the King’s important wartime address to the British people in September 1939.

 

I remember that it stuck me at the time (and this was very evident from the documentary I watched) how vital was the importance of correct breathing in helping “Bertie” to overcome his stammer.

When he had control of his stammer he was described as having gravitas, with a slow paced, clear and articulate style.

As a voice coach, the importance of breathing is a constant focus of my training in helping to establish composure and confidence.

Five Important Points About Breath from the Real King’s Speech Techniques:

1. Awareness: Breath = Voice, so make sure that you are aware of your breathing.

2. Support: Breath is your key support for the voice.

3. Warm up: Always warm up first and make sure you are breathing deeply to support the sound. (Read this article on warming up your voice for every talk, speech or presentation.)

4. Breathe correctly: Breathe properly and into the centre of your body, and not your chest. (Read here for more on breathing properly)

5. Take a moment: Take the time to relax the body, and to concentrate on breathing.

Read More About the Importance of Breathing for Great Communications

Read our in-depth blog on the importance of breathing correctly for great public speaking here.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

King George’s speech from September 3rd 1939

Why not take a moment to listen to Bertie himself in action.

Executive presentation skills

Communicate with Credibility & Confidence with our Vocal Presence Open Programme

Would you like to be able to communicate with credibility and confidence? Imagine instantly improving any presentation or speech. Our Vocal Presence Programme is designed to help you do just that. Read on for more.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

Imagine yourself instantly improving any pExecutive presentation skills - How to communicate with credibilityresentation or speech, simply by you controlling your voice deliberately and then imagine consciously using your voice as an effective communication tool is a skill.

With time and experience, we have developed an Open Vocal Presence Programme to address key challenges faced by executives.

Is This For Me?

Do you feel your voice and manner of speaking is holding you back?

Is your normal style of speech too fast, too garbled or too monotone to carry effectively?

Do you struggle to hold audience attention when you present?

Do you have an accent that others find difficult to understand?

Do you find yourself being asked to repeat what you just said frequently?

Do you wish to work on these skills away from your colleagues but in a group environment?

If you have answered yes to any of those questions, then this is definitely for you.

What Can I Expect?

Using time-honoured techniques from the performing arts and honed for the business executive, we can transform your credibility and confidence.

Using tools such as video and audio recordings, our vocal experts coach you in using all these techniques to gain the results you want.

You will learn to understand what makes a confident and engaging voice, and what you need to change in your own style in order to achieve this.

What Does The Vocal Presence Open Programme Cover?

The Open Programme includes all of the following:

  • Understanding how to use your voice to its full potential, with work on posture, breath and tension release and resonance
  • When and how to use your voice strategically for emphasis, through work on volume, pitch range and inflection
  • Understanding and learn to build emotional connection with your listeners
  • Pace and Timing – keep them on the edge of their seats! and instill credibility
  • “The Power of the Pause” to ensure your audience hears your message—clearly!
  • How to sound instantly more credible with work on articulation

How Does It Work?

  • Intensive one-day event
  • Small number of participants (6/7 max) to allow for practical application
  • Receive professional feedback on your current style from a vocal expert

How to Apply?

Because we just accept a small number of attendees, so contact us now to ensure your place, this event always fill up super fast.

Click this link for more details on the Confident Speak Vocal Presence Open Programme

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

presentation nerves

4 Ways To Harness Presentation Nerves And Make Them Work To Your Advantage

presentation nervesThere is endless advice available on how to overcome presentation nerves.

For many people fear of speaking in public ranks higher than fear of spiders or even death.

The problem – according to Jeremy Jamieson, psychology professor at the University of Rochester – is that we tend to think all nerves and stress is bad.

“Before speaking in public, people often interpret stress sensations, like butterflies in the stomach, as a warning that something bad is about to happen”.

Jamieson goes on to say “But those feelings just mean that our body is preparing to address a demanding situation, The body is marshalling resources, pumping more blood to our major muscle groups and delivering more oxygen to our brains.”

How our body reacts to social stress is exactly the same ‘flight or fight’ response it produces in response to actual physical danger.

The good news is that we can actually use these responses to help us perform. So if presentation nerves raise their head here are some ways to use it to your advantage

 

Get Your Preparation In Early

Don’t wait until a few days before your talk to get started. Allow those presentation nerves spur you into action and seize the earliest opportunity to prepare

Know Your Content

Presentation nerves are more likely to kick in if you are not fully confident in out content. Make sure you thoroughly understand your topic. Understand the stats, what they mean, what call to action they suggest .

Practice Your Delivery

Rehearse your talk out loud as often as you can and record it. Then you can both see and hear how you come across and make any changes necessary.

Prepare Your Answers

Being put on the spot can be a nerve wrecking experience. Make a list of likely questions you’ll receive, and prepare your answers. If you don’t know the answer to a question don’t be afraid to say something like ‘I’ll need to get back to you on that’

Remember that even the most consummate and experienced performers experience performance nerves, so don’t let them cripple you. Instead let them keep you sharp!

 

“ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland. We have worked with leading Irish and international companies and executives. Contact us for details on our range of  corporate/private voice, executive presence and presenting programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals.”

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presenting advice

The Seven Habits of Successful Public Speakers

Everyone needs a bit of help when it comes to what can make or break a good presentation or public speaking engagement. A recent article in Entrepreneur magazine points out some of the great tips and habits of successful public speakers.

By Maria Tecce, ConfidentSpeak

The Seven Habits of Successful Public Speakers

The article was written by Johnathan Li and can be read in its entirety here.

But to sum up the seven key points, the habits shared by successful public speakers, they are:

1. Focus on the audience

World-class successful public speakers ask, “What do I want the audience think, do or feel differently after my presentation?”

Focus on sharing your message with the audience and you will become more successful.

2. Engage

One easy way is to engage people’s emotions: ask questions, tell stories or play a short video.

The more engaging your presentation is, the more attention you can get from the audience.

3. Be conversational

Successful entrepreneurs avoid buzzwords.

They use simple words to make sure that everyone understands what they say.

To get your point across, use simple words that even a 10 year old can understand.

4. Tell powerful stories

Stories help you stand out from the crowd.

The best stories are usually from your personal experiences because you know them best and nobody can challenge you.

5. Use slides that are visually engaging

Make sure every slide has one picture that expresses the whole idea and use as few words as possible.

This simple approach will make your presentation more memorable.

6. Get coaching

The key to peak performance is coaching.

Even personal development legend Tony Robbins has a coach.

7. Keep learning

Even top presentation experts keep learning.

They read new books, attend seminars and watch TED Talks (such as Brene Brown, Julian Treasure, Jamie Oliver, the guy with the frog (!) and others) to advance their skills.

For more on this article as well as a little bonus tip from Richard Branson click here.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

Main image via Riccardo Annandale on Unsplash

fear of presenting

Most People’s Number One Fear is Public Speaking. (Number Two is Death.)

When it comes to public speaking many of us tend to focus on external factors.

By Maria Tecce, ConfidentSpeak

Jerry Seinfeld, the famous New York comedian, perhaps summed this up best.

He said:

At a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.”

When it comes to public speaking many of us tend to focus on the ‘outside’: How am I coming across?  How do I look?  Do the audience like me?  What’s in it for me? A big part of effective presenting is actually an ‘inside’ job.

Great public speakers care about what they are saying, care about the audience and connecting with them, and remember that we’re all human beings craving a common connection.

Seinfeld even gets a mention in this article by comedian/therapist Jonathan Decker. It’s not all about technique and analytics!  Check it out here…

http://www.suindependent.com/news/id_7755/Your-Friendly-Neighborhood-Therapist:-How-to-be-a-fearless-public-speaker.html

Maria Tecce

maria@confidentspeak.com

 

 

malcolm gladwell tipping point

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell: Why the Audiobook is Such a Failure

In real life, Malcolm Gladwell is an engaging, thought-provoking presenter. So why is his audiobook delivery of The Tipping Point so incredibly boring, so much so that I found myself nodding off? Here are a few ideas.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

malcolm gladwell the tipping point

I spend a lot of time in my car, so I love podcasts and audiobooks. (I’ve written at length about my deep on-the-road connection with BBC’s Desert Island Discs, and why it’s a weekly masterclass in great communication.)

Having failed to get around to reading Malcolm Gladwell’s famous book The Tipping Point when it was first published to great acclaim, I thought I was being very clever idea purchase the audiobook.

I’m all about listening and learning whilst I’m on the move.

This all sounds perfectly sensible in theory, right?

Audiobooks work brilliantly for so many people.

While it keeps exact figures close to its chest, the Amazon-owned Audible service has millions of subscribers.

Other recent numbers reported by the books and audiobooks industry at the end of 2017 informed us that:

  • Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in the digital publishing industry
  • There was over $2.5 billion dollars in sales in 2017 in the US alone (an increase on the $2.1 billion generated in 2016)
  • 26% of the US population has listened to an audiobook in the last 12 months
  • According to the Association of American Publishers, audiobook revenue grew a whopping 20% in the first eight months of 2017 compared to the same period a year earlier. By contrast, print book sales grew only 1.5% and e-book sales actually dropped by 5.4%

So the audiobook method clearly works.

I had the opportunity to attend a talk given by Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, and I loved his style in terms of content and delivery—he inspired with a thought provoking, engaging presentation, and his TED talk on David vs Goliath also grabs your attention and won’t let go.

So I was looking forward to the audiobook of The Tipping Point. It should have been perfect, right?

Wrong.

Here is where the problem arose: Gladwell’s audiobook made me sleepy.

It’s true—I actually found myself nodding off!

Despite the book’s interesting content, Malcolm’s voice oh so sleepily moves through the facts and findings. In fact, his audiobook delivery is so monotonous I get sleepy even thinking about it.

Reasons The Tipping Point Audiobook is So Spectacularly Unsuccessful

I guess there are many possible reasons for Gladwell’s lacklustre vocal delivery:

  • He has no actual audience present to engage
  • He likely recorded in a dark (maybe even sleepy) recording studio
  • He might not have really cared about the message and his audience, so there was no emotional connection
  • He might even be an author a little bored with his own message and his own voice

Regardless of the real reason, the result remains the same.

I still have not completed the book, it is still on my “must read” list. (On the plus side I have now given it to my husband who has trouble sleeping at night and it works a treat!)

Here’s a clip. See what you think. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

 

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

telephone voice

Making Your Phone Voice Work For You: The 8-Step, 5-Minute Checklist

What does your phone voice really say about you? Have you even given it a second thought? If not, you should! Because how you sound on the phone can have a big impact on how you’re viewed … and ultimately make a big difference to your bottom line.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

Making Your Phone Voice Work For You

I was recently working with a group of consultants who present formally on a regular basis.

Now these presentations can be face-to-face, either in a meeting room or on a stage in front of a bigger audience.

But often the presentations can be via teleconference.

What was most interesting to me was that they didn’t really give a second thought to how they sounded on the phone.

Yes, they were hugely aware of their vocal impact when formally presenting in physical proximity, but on the phone? Not so much.

One individual had a big shock and got a real insight into his communication style. He discovered when he heard his “conference call” played back how badly his phone voice served him.

He realised he had placed no importance on his telephone vocal delivery. He wanted to engage and influence his listener, but had not acknowledged that working to improve his phone voice was an important step.

Over the telephone your voice plays a very important role since there is obviously no physical presence, but people often don’t give their voice a second thought.

Improving Your Phone Voice: A 5-Minute Checklist

  1. Posture: Sit correctly or even better stand up, it helps breathing, and vocal quality. A collapsed body = a collapsed voice.
  2. Slow down: Remember it’s your listeners first time to hear your message, so respect them!
  3. Clarity: Give appropriate weight and clarity to your words, otherwise you’ll be asked to repeat yourself
  4. Pause: Remember to pause to allow the listener to digest your message. Pause and breathe, it’s very important! (For more on this, check out our in-depth blogs on the importance of pause and the importance of breath.)
  5. Vocal Presence: Stay connected to your message, do not simply “go through the motions” (we’ve all been on the receiving end of that).
  6. Volume: Ensure you increase your volume to an appropriate level. Use appropriate pitch and pace variation to engage your listener.
  7. Smile: Even if you’re not visible, when it’s appropriate, smile! It brightens and lightens the voice.

Phone Voice Bonus Tip 8:

Listen back

Why not listen back to your own phone message? The one that usually goes “Hi, you’ve reached ……, I can’t take your call… blah blah.”

There are three C’s you can follow here.

Cringe.

Then critique.

Then change it, if necessary!

Conclusion

There you have it.

A very quick checklist of items and actions to help you improve your phone voice, so that you can be more confident on the phone and ultimately ensure you can wow any audience—whether you’re in the same room or not!

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com