What we do

VOICE GYM

Find your voice. Stretch your expressive muscles

In these sessions we work out. The voice is created using the body – muscles, bones, ligaments tendons. If you wanted to build some flexibility and strength in any other part of the body would you write a fantastic essay about the exercises you were going to do or go to the gym and physically do them?  Simlarly if you want to prepare for speaking online or in person, then writing your speech on a keyboard will be of limited use, you need to warm up the speech muscles you will be using to deliver it. We start with warming up the breathing muscles that support a healthy voice, closely followed by limbering up the speech organs that shape sound and finally bouncing around the resonant chambers that will amplify your voice and carry it smoothly through the mic or in person to your audience. Freeing the voice in this way widens your technical expression (volume, range, clarity, pace) but also has a liberating impact and is a very effective way to transform nervous energy into performance energy, even for those who balk at performance. As for those who already enjoy performing, the skies the limit!

AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCE

Bring forward your most natural mode of communicating, your unique style

Whatever their level of experience this work looks at preparing participants for their next step in “showing up”. Nervous speakers will be offered tools for greater confidence and already confident speakers will learn what goes into being truly inspirational. Touching on mindfulness and the concept of inner dialoguing, we uncover the different presenting styles that individuals inherently possess and how we can align to feel more natural and authentic wherever we are presenting. When we identify your personal presenting style it can be adapted to suit any situation without you trying to be something you are not. This makes your listeners feel they can trust you, and ultimately being you is the unique voice no one else has that will engage you with your audience most fully.

VOICE AND PRESENCE ONLINE

A practical session looking at the impact of our tone and body language onscreen

We explore the ingredients of engaging speaking and how to be more expressive with what we are saying in this medium. Though people will be invited to switch of the camera at times this zoom session requires for participants to be in a space where they can use their voices freely without disturbing others or feeling inhibited. The voice is a hugely powerful tool and in stretching our expressive muscles we find ourselves able to connect with and convey the confidence and genuine passion we feel for and about our subject so genuinely reaching others hearts and minds with our words. We will also draw on the cinema techniques used to remain engaging in close up and explore how expression and gesture have an impact on what comes across onscreen.

REHEARSAL SESSIONS

Rehearsing out loud is essential for engaging performance

If someone is about to swim the channel they would be much better off to go for swimming lessons than to go for tennis lessons wouldn’t they? So it is with spoken word, writing a brilliant speech, making some stunning power point slides or practising silently in our head wont take the place of practising with the tool we are actually about to use: our voice. This session offers support and space for run throughs of whatever is ready to run through at whatever point it is ready to through to. From there feedback, tips and advice on how to prepare further vocally and physically. Content may be touched on as it emerges and if it comes to light there is something that might work better to illustrate the point in this medium. For teams this offers a common language so moving forward they can prepare together and support each other to deliver truly engaging ensemble presentations.

ENGAGING YOUR AUDIENCE

What doesn’t work in the medium of speech and what works best of all

How to prepare to optimise this speaking opportunity to move people intellectually, emotionally and into action. Looking at content curation for creative connection including: dynamic openings, memorable endings, preparing for your specific audience, handling challenging situations, building a bridge between what you want to say and what your audience may want to hear. We also explore body language, eye contact, gesture, posture, movement, use of visual aids, the TTT and RRR techniques and how to inhabit the space you are in so people are encouraged to step into your world and join you in building your vision.

STORY AND INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKING

Looking at theories of audience engagement and drawing on story

Here we learn how of all the mediums we have available to us, story is the most effective for profound connection. We recognise there are elements that go into bringing a presentation to life that you may not think of as “a story device” but which are easy to integrate once you know what they are. These may be anecdotes, quotes, audience participation, detective stories or other rhetorical devices we adopt in our daily conversations but seem to forget about when preparing to speak in public. The exercises are aimed at utilising a more intuitive natural part of our mind in preparing content and so freeing up the unique storyteller inherent in each of us.  Whether we are speaking prepared or impromptu, being familiar with our personal style of storytelling is what enables us to inspire others and take any content to the next level of engagement. Stories are what people remember…

TIME OUT (SETTLE IN) BE PRESENT

In demanding times take the space to breathe and recharge 

When you don’t have time to stop is when it will be of most benefit to take time to stop. Here we learn how to set time aside, rest, and return recharged. Some of the exercises we cover take less than 30 seconds, once learnt these little pockets of presence will fuel the most creative and effective way of moving forward for you. Based on the “lifejacket” theory (put yours on first to be equipped to help others) you are encouraged to stop for a moment and reconnect with your body and breath. You will then be gently led through some embodiment, grounding  and relaxation exercises, followed by a guided breathing and mindful meditation. Finally you will be given advice on how to fit these exercises into your day more regularly as part of your self-care to build reslience and balance. Anything you do in your day following on from here will benefit from having taken the time out to breath, your body will thank you for the relaxation and your mind will thank you for the extra boost of oxygen.

WHERE IT HAPPENS

  • Online or in person
  • Masterclasses
  • Workshops
  • 1-1’s
  • Bespoke sessions to fit requirements
  • All levels of ability from beginner to expert

HOW IT HAPPENS

Drop Sue a line to arrange a free 20 minute consultation about what you would like to explore together – suehenryvoice@gmail.com

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE

  • Content, style and key messages
  • Tailoring content to fit specific audiences
  • Storytelling techniques for the vocal rather than written medium
  • Awareness of how you come across
  • Defining individual presenting style
  • Presence and impact
  • Vocal delivery
  • Authenticity
  • Voice health care
  • Use of volume, pace and pauses
  • Speaking with authority
  • Channelling nerves and building confidence
  • Curating creative content
  • Drawing out the performer
  • Body language and vitality
  • Effective presence online
  • Using your voice to engage and inspire
  • Developing clearer speech and diction
  • Range, inflection and phrasing
  • Vocal passion
  • Accent work
  • Posture and alignment
  • Connect, converse, create – team building
  • Theatre techniques for business performance
  • Using visual aids, power point, autocue, podcast and webinar
  • Dealing with impromptu speaking
  • Dealing with high stress situations and difficult audiences
  • How to prepare for a presentation
  • Adapting to the different vocal demands of different sized audiences
  • Understanding and adapting to different presenting styles
  • Preparing effectively with little time
  • Vocal leadership and carrying an audience with you
  • Inspirational speaking