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How to sound conversational when reading from a script

Hello there,  Recently, I’ve seen loads of people asking how to make reading a script sound conversational – both in voiceover coaching and podcasting services. The conversational read is really hot right now. Everybody wants to be listening to stuff apparently like they’re down the pub with their mates or definitely just feeling like they’re […]

How to look after your voice during cold and flu season

Your Voice in Cold & Flu Season

As I’m writing this, I have a big old feckin’ cold… I left the confines of my home to go on holiday and mingle with other humans and catch all of their germs, so I’m currently sniffling and going through tissues like nobody’s business. I’m feeling very husky, I’m on the edge of what I […]

How to write a conversational podcast script

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Hey there, podcasting pal! Are you tired of sounding like a robot reading from a script? Do you want to add a wee bit of personality to your podcast? Well, I’ve got a few tips for you. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to write a conversational podcast script to keep your listener engaged […]

Why do I hate the sound of my own voice?!

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One question I get a lot from voice coaching clients is why do I hate the sound of my own voice?! I get it. Loads of people feel uncomfortable or dissatisfied with the sound of their voice, for lots of different reasons. I’ve listed a few below: Hearing the sound of your voice differently When […]

How to have the perfect voice for podcasting

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Spoiler alert – this blog post title is misleading. Sorry, not sorry. I mean, what does perfect even mean?! Does the perfect ‘voice’ exist? I don’t think so. Some people think having the perfect voice for podcasting is about having a naturally pleasant or soothing voice. Others that it’s being able to articulate your words […]

Quick Voice Tip – Improving alignment for a healthier voice

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When we speak our attention and energy is focused on the audience which can lead to the dreaded chin jut! Try this tip for improving your alignment for healthy speaking. The whole breath. It often tends to come from the chin! Which puts a heck of a lot of strain on our poor week larynx […]

Quick Voice Tips – Improve speaking by your connection to the floor

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Yes, it is possible to improve your speaking through a connection to the floor you’re standing on. Voice isn’t just about what we hear, it’s about physical sensation. We experience a lot of physical sensations when we speak. You can feel breath in the lungs, sound vibrations in the throat and the mouth moving to […]

Quick Voice Tips – Focus On The Out Breath

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As they say in Accent Method Breathing; “If in doubt, breathe out!” And I do literally mean let all the air that’s in there come out again. It’s so easy to make voice training all about the in breath. That is the fuel to help you make the sound in the first place. But if […]

Quick Voice Tips – Reflect On Your Own Diet

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Don’t take all the vocal health advice given in forums and on the internet as gospel. A lot of the time it’s outdated, anecdotal advice that could cause you more hassle than it’s worth. I see all sorts of well meaning nonsense out there: No coffee, dairy or alcohol. Don’t eat spicy food, eat an […]

Quick Voice Tips – Can you talk with more ease?

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You don’t get points for pushing your voice further than you need to. But your voice will thank you if you’re working with ease; whatever the needs of your speaking. Ease doesn’t mean relaxed or low energy, it means efficient and working well. Thank you to the glorious Barbara Houseman for reminding me of that […]

Quick Voice Tips – Staying Hydrated for vocal health

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Your vocal folds are covered in lovely mucus which needs to be slippery for ease of phonation (that’s the fancy term for speaking.) Are you one of those people who forgets to drink water? There are a few things you can do to make staying hydrated a little easier: Firstly, use an app Use an […]

Quick Voice Tips – Remember You Have A Body!

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Your voice is made in the larynx but remember you have a body underneath it. It’s so easy to focus on your throat and how you sound when you speak. But everything you do with the body impacts on freedom and response of the voice. Check in with these three things before you speak: Physical […]