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8 Tips for Voice Projection & the Lombard Effect

8 Tips for Voice Projection & the Lombard Effect

Life is noisy and voice projection tips definitely come in handy.  As an Opera singer and voice therapist, it goes without saying that protecting my voice is paramount! But although in focusing on my own voice care, I'm also super alert to how many risks there are out...

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How to Gel with Your Manager’s Communication Style

How to Gel with Your Manager’s Communication Style

Part of getting along well at work is synergising with everyone's communication style as best as possible. You’ve probably clicked on this to try and get some new ideas on how to build rapport more effectively with your boss.  Every boss will have a different...

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How to React to Negative Feedback at Work: Video Tutorial

How to React to Negative Feedback at Work: Video Tutorial

You've just received some negative feedback about your communication at work. What should you do? Watch this quick tutorial! In my day to day work, assisting people to fine-tune their communication agility, I encounter many individuals who tell me all manner of things...

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Top Communication Strategies for the Workplace

Top Communication Strategies for the Workplace

Did you ever sit and take stock of worthwhile communication strategies that would benefit your comfort and confidence at work? If not, pull up a comfy chair, make yourself your favourite beverage and let’s tackle some top strategies that could change your life at...

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3 Principles to Improve Your Interpersonal Skills

3 Principles to Improve Your Interpersonal Skills

In today’s episode, we’re going to look at three principles you can set in place to grow your interpersonal skills. If you want to build your social connection skills and confidence when communicating at work or in your social life, I recommend setting some concrete...

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How to ask for a Payrise Before you Start a Job

How to ask for a Payrise Before you Start a Job

When an employer makes you a job offer you might feel the deal is sealed but is there a chance to negotiate your starting salary? How can you ask for a paraise before you've even started the job? Negotiation is always risky, and before the contract is signed the way...

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Watch out for Sarcasm

Watch out for Sarcasm

Do you use sarcasm? In spite of the cliche -  Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, many people use sarcasm. I don't think that sarcasm is harmful in all cases, but it pays to check where and when to avoid it according to research. Sarcasm can be used differently and the...

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How to Look More Confident When You’re Making Small Talk

How to Look More Confident When You’re Making Small Talk

Today, I'm going to breakdown 4 things you can do, to look more confident when you're making small talk. Small talk is a funny thing. In English culture, it serves as a social glue and can be the first step you need to take to make friends and influence people. The...

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5 Proven Soft Skills your Career Counts On

5 Proven Soft Skills your Career Counts On

Smart career-minded people place value on developing the soft skills that push their professional success forward, but of all the soft skills, which is the most valued now by employers? In today's episode of The Little Shot™, I want to share these top 5 soft skills...

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Filler Sounds: Is “Ah” better than “Um”?

Filler Sounds: Is “Ah” better than “Um”?

Do you use "um" or "ah" a lot as your filler sounds of preference? I meet a lot of people who have a massive aversion to filler sounds. Each time they tell me how traumatised they are to hear them come out, I beg a reality check.  We don't use teleprompt in the...

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Why Your Voice Pitch Can Determine Your Negotiation Skills

Why Your Voice Pitch Can Determine Your Negotiation Skills

Negotiation is critical because, at the end of it, one of you will win more concessions.  Competitive negotiation is not dependent on chance.  Making a reasonable deal requires good logic, empathy and dominance. But did you know that your speaking voice pitch can...

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Let’s Talk About Humour at Work

Let’s Talk About Humour at Work

In today’s episode of the Little Shot we’re talking about humour at work and I’m not being funny if I say, watch out with how you use it! Poorly applied humour at work can get you in a whole lot of trouble.  If you’re sitting back at work avoiding jokes, I can see why...

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Courageous Communication

Courageous Communication

  Courage is what brought me here and what will keep me going.  You can never predict the types of challenging conversations or decisions you'll need to make, especially since the communication process can not be completely controlled by you. A measure of courage...

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Did you ever do a Speaking Challenge?

Did you ever do a Speaking Challenge?

At my local pilates studio, in better times, they would run regular challenges. Summer challenge, Fit February... I love this idea of bodily fitness. I think we're all across that. But there's a different kind of challenge that I think you need to add to your life if...

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Communicate with Empathy

Communicate with Empathy

Choosing to be empathetic tends to go pretty well when everything is going to plan. But it's when situations unravel, and tensions arise in a relationship that you really run the risk of blowing your stack and abandoning the soft skills needed to communicate...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Your Voice

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Your Voice

 You can’t hide your voice tone. The voice either works effectively or it doesn’t! So spending time developing your speaking tone, rate and projection is advisable. Some of the research I’m going to share with you may feel a bit controversial and we do need to weigh...

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Speak Up with Substance

Speak Up with Substance

In today’s episode of The Little Shot™, I want to share a strategy with you which can really empower you to advocate for yourself more effectively. A healthy team is a comfortable habitat for most people. It’s usually full of trust and openness.  But that doesn’t mean...

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How to say Thank You According to Science

How to say Thank You According to Science

In today’s episode of The Little Shot™ you’re going to learn one of my favourite strategies to express gratitude so that you can make other people feel even more special and less taken for granted.   When you want to show your appreciation it’s important to...

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How to Speak Clearly in Your Mask

How to Speak Clearly in Your Mask

In today’s episode of The Little Shot™ you’re going to learn some strategies to speak clearly with your face mask on so that you can communicate more effectively with maximal clarity and minimal voice fatigue. When you head out the door with your keys, handbag and...

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5 Rules for Charismatic Voice

5 Rules for Charismatic Voice

Who has the most charismatic voice you've ever heard? We all have strong preferences when it comes to actors we adore or public speakers that move our insides with the power to act, grow and strive to be more productive. But can we quantify their stage presence? What...

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3 Ways to Connect with Rapport on the Phone

3 Ways to Connect with Rapport on the Phone

Building rapport on the phone is something we all can do better.   You either love it, or hate it. The phone I mean.   If you love it, I'm sure there's things you can add to your already powerful arsenal on calls. How about reducing those interjections?...

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How to Tell Better Stories at Work

How to Tell Better Stories at Work

You’ve been living under a rock if you don’t know that the corporate world is just a tad obsessed with the impact of storytelling.    This trend has seen droves of clients at Voice Science desperate to stop boring their peers and inspire through the art of...

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Mind Your Turn in Online Meetings

Mind Your Turn in Online Meetings

Our interactional space at work may have moved online, but that does not give us an excuse to get worse at taking turns in meetings. Why is it that virtual meetings can feel like you need jungle warfare to protect your turn when speaking or even to get a word in, in...

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How Poking Fun at Yourself Works Against You

How Poking Fun at Yourself Works Against You

Today we are going to talk about why you should think twice about poking fun at yourself, especially in the workplace.    Poking fun at yourself, or self-deprecation is a behaviour that harms your ability to make a good impression, especially if you are making...

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How to Stop Using Filler Words

How to Stop Using Filler Words

Ever get stuck, mid sentence, looking for the words or ideas that you need? Um, ah, yeah, it's kind of like, the thing is, what I’m trying to say is... In these moments I start to wonder if we really did all begin as amoebae in the microbial soup millions of years...

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Stop Being So Personal

Stop Being So Personal

When we open our mouth to speak, lots of sounds come out. Right? Did you ever notice that some people are speaking but the words they use don't create action? The team doesn't comply, or the job simply doesn't get done? Maybe you have a job where the company tells...

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How Your Voice Builds Trust

How Your Voice Builds Trust

Getting your message across to your communication partner is easy, when it comes to basic needs, like “Can I get a double shot espresso?” or “Could you pass the salt, please.” We hardly falter on these types of requests because the stakes are low and there is not much...

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1 Top Tip for Female Leaders

1 Top Tip for Female Leaders

Working out how to talk the talk & walk the walk as a female leader can be tricky but thankfully there is some good research coming out on this. Today in our 4th episode of The Little Shot, I am sharing a huge tip about Empowered Mimicry, choosing your female...

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A Simple Tip for Clear Voice

A Simple Tip for Clear Voice

Did you ever catch yourself so busy that you forgot to drink? Water that is! It’s nasty right? My guess is that this is happening a bit lately now that you are working at home. Not only will lack of fluid intake make you feel a bit foggy, it will also make your voice...

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How To Stop Interrupting People

How To Stop Interrupting People

How many times did you get interrupted mid sentence this week? One of my elocution strategy clients hit me with this question the other day… “How can I stop interrupting people… I keep doing it all the time!” So I now have a very important question for you. How many...

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The Secret to Make People Really Listen To You

The Secret to Make People Really Listen To You

How can you really get people to listen to you when you are speaking? If you feel like you are a tad boring when you are speaking, chances are your listener is definitely tuning into another planet. Is there a secret to catching your listener's attention better? Yes,...

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