Q. What in your life brought you to the realization that you wanted to improve your Voice?
A. It all started when I was asked to give a lecture to 500 medical professionals at a large hospital. As a Chiropractor I knew this was my most challenging venue ever. The reality was that my speaking skills were moderate at best and I needed help, lots of help, learning what makes the difference between a good lecture and a fantastic one. I also had the desire to grow as a person. This led me to Arthur.
Q. Do you recall a moment when you felt a shift, or even a break-through, because of your Work with Arthur and/or Vocal Awareness? A. There were so many moments of learning but one sticks out the most. It was our first lesson. Arthur knew I needed to just face my fears so he asked me to sing “Kumbayah” as loudly as I could. He may as well have asked me to walk down the street in my underwear – the fear and the embarrassment would be the same! But it worked.
My kids may have wished that it didn’t because I would belt out that song shamelessly at home to practice. The point was not to make me a singer but to face my fear of embarrassment. To be willing to lay it all out on the line and hold nothing back. Arthur knew that so long as I stayed in my shell of fear and self-focus I would never be who I was called to be.
Arthur has a saying: “it’s about the Work.” He needed to get me out of my own way so that my focus was on the message and not myself. I am grateful for that lesson and the man who invested his time and attention in me.
Q. What has been the biggest benefit thus far from your practice of Vocal Awareness?
A. This is a difficult question to answer. I learned lots of skills that I am grateful for. I learned body mechanics, how to organize a speech, how to breathe, how to dress, how to communicate with body language, how to use my Voice and so very much more. But the messenger was as educational as the message. For my wife and I the time spent with Arthur was so much more than training my voice. It was things like watching him focus every bit of his attention on us, after having done that with others all day. It was little things like him answering the phone when his wife of 40 years called because she remains the love of his life. It was Arthur being Arthur that inspired me as much as anything. We got to be encouraged by the greatest encourager I have ever met: Arthur Samuel Joseph. Him seeing “greatness” in my wife and I was like Michelangelo seeing a finished sculpture out of a rock. Our relationship with Arthur opened me up to an entire world of Voice. I had no idea how much there was too it. What a gift.