Arthur in Action.
As I’ve said so many times, my vision since I was a very young man is “to change the world through Voice.” While reading these monthly newsletters, something I would like you to think about is how do they relate to you. To assure that they are relevant and insightful as well as interesting to read, I want you to see in the breadth and diversity of what I share that there is truly something for everyone, with the common theme being that we all have to communicate.
Whatever calls us to Vocal Awareness, whether personal or professional, this is a nurturing and secure environment and you are in good company with fellow travelers on the same Journey to personal Mastery. So whether I am in the Netherlands teaching business leaders and others or back in the states teaching sports heroes, performing artists, broadcasters, writers, corporate leaders, public speakers, et al., I am always teaching what I call the “Work.”
This past month I had the privilege of teaching at Marcia Wieder’s annual Inspired Speakers Series – a nine-hour day with people truly committed to making a difference in their own and other’s lives. One of the underlying themes in Vocal Awareness is to make a difference. With that in mind, I’d like to share a favorite quote of mine from William James: “The great use of a life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.”
Coming up, November finds me in the Netherlands with dear friends/students Steve Knight and Elizabeth Van Geerestein teaching Vocal Awareness. I will be speaking at an MBA Program in Rotterdam, doing a keynote for International CIOs and two days of public seminars – “Voice Is Power” – sharing my teaching days with Steve and Elizabeth.
In closing, whatever calls YOU to Vocal Awareness – Welcome!
Vocal Awareness Goal
Developing the Voice of a Leader.
One of the tools in Vocal Awareness is an acrostic on “Leadership” that Arthur created some years ago. An acrostic (from the Greek: ákros “top” and stíchos “verse”) is a form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message. In this way, not only can it be seen as a form of poetry, but the fact of the first letter spelling a word means it can also be used as a mnemonic device to aid memory retrieval.
In the Vocal Awareness “Leadership” acrostic, The “L” stands for “Leading By Example.” To do this, we have to “hold the space” for our Selves. In other words we need to create what Arthur calls a “Safe Harbor” within ourselves for contemplation, compassion and integrity. This is where Arthur suggests we go and where he goes internally during his daily time for solitude. When we embody the best of who we are, we raise the bar for our Selves and create the opportunity to ennoble (one of the key components of Leadership in Vocal Awareness – ennobling) others. In this way, we demonstrate a new brand of leadership based on mind/body/spirit and true mastery – leadership that propels us to a new understanding and demonstration of excellence.
In Vocal Awareness, a Leader is Consciously Aware of BEING who they are, never presenting – a process of discovery supported by the Vocal Awareness Persona, Mission and Vision Statements. This courage to BE authentic, to embody not just the message but “the messenger” is required of great leaders. In other words, don’t just “give a speech,” instead, consciously embody who you are and tell a Story. Whether in business or in life – to find and claim “The Voice of a Leader” – you have to find and claim your Self.
The Vocal Awareness Leadership Acrostic
Leading By Example.
Please note: Throughout Vocal Awareness literature, you’ll see the appearance of words separated by a slash. This is Arthur’s way of letting you know that he thinks of those words as integrally connected – allowing them to attain a kind of collective meaning. So, taken together, the words bring you to a deeper understanding of the concept Arthur is communicating.
Use Vocal Awareness and this Leadership Acrostic to energize, embolden and support you in being your best. As with all elements of Vocal Awareness this acrostic is integral and synergistic – remembering a letter’s meaning at a particular moment will bring you back to your Vocal Awareness Practice, such as your Empowerment Statements, Stature and the Seven Rituals. Most importantly, please remember we are speaking about excellence and not about “perfection,” which inhibits risk-taking and exploration. Honor your Self today and always by striving to live in mind/body/spirit consciousness, claiming all of who you are and Leading by Example.
Envisioning Your Vision.
Vocal Awareness is not about dreaming of what you “could” be; it’s about actualizing who you truly are, reaching your goals, and living a life by your own design. This is why turning your Mission Statement into a Vision Statement is so important and the topic of this month’s VIP Club Module.
In our just released VIP View: “Introducing the Vocal Awareness Vision Statement,” Arthur speaks with Myra Scott, a pioneering female television journalist. As Myra transitions from being an objective journalist to becoming an authentic Storyteller, one who shares her personal experiences and insights with readers, she needs to envision what her life can and will now be like. Together, Arthur and Myra work on her Vision Statement – “marking it up” to ensure that as she reads, remembers and lives it, she comes to fully embody and manifest her personal Vision for her Self and for the World.
Purposeful, practical, and very personal, this module enables you to understand how, in Vocal Awareness, we put words into action, by truly “seeing” our Vision and thus energizing our ongoing Journey of Empowerment Through Voice.
Dianne Budion Devitt.
Dianne Budion Devitt was born and lives in New York City. A theatre and developmental drama major, with a minor in communications, from Hunter College of CUNY, speaking was something she was used to doing, but not necessarily speaking as her Self – truthfully from her core.
Even so, Dianne built a very successful career in the hospitality industry where she became a pioneer in bringing people together through meetings and events. Still she was searching for her Voice. Then she met Arthur at a Kripalu Yoga event where he was teaching. Working with Arthur, Dianne realized that many of her goals – personal and professional – could lead her deeper into her Journey of expression and empowerment. Today, as the owner of The DND Group, Inc., Dianne is an award-winning consultant, speaker, author and event producer known for her unique and provocative style that blends creativity with inspiration. She is also an Assistant Professor at New York University.
Read Dianne’s complete Success Story here.