Tag Archives: voice care

Freeing the Voice: Doing less to get more

When people come to see me for help with their voice, I both listen to their concerns and experiences of speaking and also observe how they use their voices across different speaking tasks. The two most common complaints are difficulty with projecting the voice, and/or vocal fatigue, i.e. the voice not lasting for the job […]

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Take a deep breath…does this help or hinder?

I was privileged to do some voice coaching sessions and run a voice workshop over the weekend with some very enthusiastic and engaging participants. It was fascinating the number of times that the topic of ‘taking a deep breath’ came up over the weekend. It got me thinking about the sorts of reasons that people are often […]

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Voice problems and teaching…an occupational hazard?

When I run courses for teachers, I ask about their knowledge of voice care and their previous experiences of voice care training. Given the demands of being a professional voice user, I’m amazed at how the general feedback is that there is a lack of training in voice care or voice projection either at university or […]

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Vocal fatigue…what it is and what you can do about it

What is vocal fatigue? Vocal fatigue is when the voice deteriorates with use. This could be after a day of teaching, an evening of singing, or after a few hours talking in a noisy environment. What causes vocal fatigue? While vocal fatigue can be a symptom of a specific  voice problem, including physical voice problems, […]

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Freeing the voice: Voice Care & Voice Projection workshop

For trainers, teachers, public speakers, amateur singers and actors…or anyone who relies on their voice for work or fun Saturday 22nd November, Bru Columbanus, Wilton, Co. Cork. 2.00-5.00pm Click here for more information.  

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Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking….some useful tips

Some of us are natural public speakers, many more of us are not. When we’re nervous, this can affect how we speak, as we stumble over words or struggle with a weak voice. If you fall into this category, then here are a couple of tips which can help you feel more at ease, and […]

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Voice and stress

“A lump in my throat…” “Feelings getting stuck in the throat…” “Choking back the tears…” Many metaphors associated with strong feelings use words relating to our voice or throat. Our body holds and expresses emotions, and our voice in particular is connected at a basic level to our emotions. Just think how easily you can […]

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Connected Communication newsletter

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I’ve just clicked send on my first edition of ‘Connected Communication’, a free monthly newsletter about topics relating to speech, language, voice, music therapy and education. In this edition I’m covering articles relating to toys, stammering during times of excitement, and voice care. If you are interested, then sign up, and stay updated. Until 31st January 2014, […]

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Voice care and freeing the voice

In day to day life, we often do not think about our speaking voice unless it is causing us problems, and it is only then that we sit up and take note. I wrote about a personal experience of this following an acute bout of laryngitis that I had last year. Like many things in […]

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Voice Care for teachers at West Cork Education Centre

I will be running a voice care workshop for primary and secondary school teachers at West Cork Education Centre on Monday 22nd October from 6.30pm-9.30pm. Contact West Cork Education Centre for further information. I also have some voice care tips on my website.

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