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Nov
14

How Vocal Exercises Can Improve your Confidence

Vocal exercises can make a difference in many areas of your life, especially your confidence. Teaching voice is not simply what I do, it is who I am. I have been teaching voice for over 50 years. I have taught at universities, in corporations, theaters, luxury resorts, at conferences, and in classrooms around the world. […]

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Sep
16

Voice Training for A Higher Purpose

For decades Vocal Awareness has always taught the integration of mind/body/spirit. One of the early maxims of this Work is: “speaking is to singing as crawling is to running – just the beginning. It has also stated for decades that: “sound is expressed emotion. When we sustain sound as in singing, we sustain that emotional […]

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Aug
22

Executive Speech Class Part 1: Sounding the Part

Why Vocal Exercises Are Essential to Your Career There was a recent “Business Day” article in “The New York Times” entitled “In Charge and Sounding the Part.” This article described findings on research published last year in the “Journal of Psychological Science” which added credence to a subliminal understanding that one’s leadership ability is conveyed, […]

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Jul
23

Momentum and Optimism at the Voya Financial Summit

I was recently invited to do a seminar for the Voya Presentation Academy Summit created by Kathy McAfee, America’s Marketing Motivator. One of the reasons I am so thrilled to be here is that two of Voya’s aspirational goals are momentum and optimism. Momentum means strength or force of something when it is moving. Vocal […]

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Jul
16

Voice of The Monkey Boy: A Parable

As I was recently preparing to do a seminar for the Voya Presentation Academy Summit created by Kathy McAfee—America’s Marketing Motivator—she asked me to conclude the seminar by reading a parable I wrote many years ago, “Voice of the Monkey Boy.” Frankly I had not thought about this piece for some time, but following Kathy’s […]

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Apr
05

Two eyes to see and a tongue to talk with

While sitting at Palm Sunday Mass with my life partner of almost 50 years, I was taken by a portion of this verse from Isaiah: “…two eyes to see with and a tongue to talk with…” In Vocal Awareness I am always teaching the overarching principle in this piece—our personal journeys are never outward toward […]

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Sep
23

A perfect night for baseball

Wednesday, September 10th, my bride and I were given tickets to the Dodger game that our eldest son had gotten for us through a client. This was the first time in our lives that we had the opportunity to sit in what are called “dugout seats,” literally right behind the Dodger dugout–an astonishing experience especially […]

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Aug
14

An Extraordinary Voice – In Memory of Robin Williams

We have lost a truly extraordinary Voice. The suddenness and magnitude of such an artistic loss however pales in comparison to the inconsolable loss his children and the rest of his family must be experiencing. As a parent/husband/artist/visionary, I recognize the inherent day-to-day challenges required to constantly strive to fulfill a highly personal, creative vision […]

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