Wonderful Women – Choose to Challenge – Women’s’ International Day 2021

A few years back a wonderful woman, originally from Swansea, then living in Wimbledon village, generously gave me a recording of her still rich Swansea accent for my work accent library.  She was, at the time, selling what she described as the cheapest house in Wimbledon village – 1.5 million.  She and her husband had […]

The Liar is no Whit Better than the Thief

In the Penguin Book of Modern Speeches, there is a speech given by Donald Trump in 2017 to Congress, after his first tumultuous 5 weeks in office.  In this speech entitled: A New Chapter of American Greatness is Beginning,” his speech is convincing as a statesman:  “Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and […]

Voice Phobia. The Fear of (Some) Voices

Some voices make you want to scream and screaming is contagious. When you play scary games on Halloween night part of the fun is having a good scream along with a good laugh, but when you’re listening to a voice that makes you want to scream and you can’t leave the room or say anything […]

Time to Use Your Voice

Science tells us that he left side of the brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. It also performs tasks that have to do with logic, such as in science and mathematics. On the other hand, the right hemisphere coordinates the left side of the body and performs tasks that have do with creativity and the arts.  But for […]

Sound and Dialogue in Films

Towards the end of 2019 clients based in Africa and Europe started asking me to explain the American accent in a few Netflix series.  When I viewed and listened to the characters they were talking about, I could understand why they didn’t hear the words and chose to turn on the subtitles.  It’s not because […]

How Your Voice is Affected Through Wearing a Face Mask

Wearing a mouth mask is now mandatory on public transport in the UK.  I started wearing a face mask in March when it became clear that coronavirus cases were less in countries where they were recommended.   On the plus side, it lessens the risk of passing on coronavirus if you are asymptomatic on the minus side […]

Speaking at A Distance, Lockdown and Beyond

People who’ve been on the Improve Your Voice course have an advantage when talking outdoors to someone 2 meters away.   They’ve learned the “beam/aim/focus your voice” technique.The voice beam exercise is fun.  In a room full of people, you pair off and then move into lines about 6 metres apart, facing each other.   You then […]

Being Interviewed and Giving Advice During Lockdown

Being Interviewed and Giving Advice During Lockdown I’ve been offering advice on how to relax with your voice during lockdown, with groups online.  It’s a different experience when you see people on screen as in Zoom and Meeting Room to when you can only see your interviewer as on Facebook stream live, GoToMeetings and Webinars. […]

Trademark Voices or Great Voice Actors

There are some great actor’s voices around:  Jeremy Irons, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, Ray Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Richard E Grant among them.  James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman have trademark voices but for the most part, todays actors are great voice actors.  They don’t have the trademark voice of actors of the twentieth century like […]