I have created a blog for my clients.
This blog is for current and past clients as a way of staying in touch with the work. You will find some common threads and themes in the documents that I work on with all my clients whether you are an accountant, senior executive, CXO, actor, voice over artist or a project manager.
I have received about ten emails in the last week from past clients, so it has provided me with a little push to start this blog as a way of supporting clients when there is no more budget for sessions but still a need to stay in touch with the work.
As many of you, but not all of you know, I arrived in Sydney at the end of October and am now running skype sessions and more document support for my London, US and Canadian based clients.
I have had some excellent sessions with some of you via skype where I have seen breakthroughs in your performances, more specificity in how you script your messages and more clarity in your voices as you deliver your key messages. Skype lessons are available for any of you who are needing support and although they are not as ideal as in person sessions, a lot can be achieved.
Past clients are also encouraged to send me sound files for analysis and then I can support listening to your rehearsals and sending back encouragement and any edit suggestions. I offer this at no cost to you if you have already had a series of sessions with me.
There are also three of you who write me monthly updates with your successes and I find those inspiring and would like to encourage all of you to do it. It is a nice way of staying in touch without the need for a session and I offer this to all clients past and present at no charge. Just pop a list of your achievements or concerns on the topics of voice, presentations, acting, public speaking or media. I will send back some encouraging feedback and may point you to some more links or documents to encourage you to continue your hard work.
Here are my six top tips for now:
1) Write yourself a list of achievements at the end of each month. If you would like feedback please email me.
2) Do two minutes of breathing work daily - "F" sound on 8, 10, 12, 16 counts
3) Do "The Fox was Strong" with a pen in the mouth horizontally or using tongue in N, S, E, W positions
This exercise can be done silently to great effect without anyone knowing. If you need a reminder I will send it to you.
4) Ask yourself: "How do I want my audience to FEEL at the end of this speech/interview/presentation?"
5) Use the grounding & light emanating exercises we have done in sessions (Doc. here)
6) Remember the principles of LABAN and work towards using GLIDE in your gestures and voice (Doc. here)
Please remember to avoid DAB, SLASH, WRING as a general rule. PRESS can be used in the body for authority and for confidence if you are feeling that you have nervousness. Please do not use PRESS in the voice unless absolutely necessary.
Sending best wishes for a wonderful 2015 full of great presentations, speeches and satisfying roles,