Is your day job spoiling your voice?

August 4, 2017

There are many occupations that demand extensive use of our voices. Teachers, salespeople and lawyers, just to name a few. But what if you also happen to sing in your spare time? Then it’s important to know that poor speaking habits can affect the quality of your singing voice.  Lana was recently interviewed by Kathleen Connell, singing teacher: Read More »

3 minute voice warm-up

May 25, 2016

Does your voice ever feel scratchy, sound rough or lack energy or do you often feel like clearing your throat for the few hours after you wake up in the morning?  This is very common. It certainly does not help you speak at your best when you have an important work meeting first thing or have a phone conversation with a high-value client: Read More »

Control your stutter

October 2, 2015

Children, adolescents and adults from all cultures, languages and countries stutter. Around 1% of the world’s population experiences stuttering at any given time and as many as 5% across a lifetime.  That is a common problem indeed given there are over 7 billion of us on earth! Read More »

Eliminate um’s, ah’s and other fillers when you speak

May 26, 2015

Anxiety, uncertainty, poor focus or habit often cause us to insert fillers or ‘verbal crutches’ when we speak – words such as “um”, “ah”, “you know”, “so”, “but”, “basically, “actually” or repetitive phrases such as “as you would know”, “generally speaking”, “well basically” or “I personally”.  These words and phrases add no additional meaning to our message – in fact they detract from it.   Overuse of fillers can result in us giving others the impression that we are unsure or tentative about our topic.  We may not be aware we are using them.  Listeners can find them quite irritating and distracting.  They can certainly dilute our message and the impact we make on others: Read More »

Keep your voice healthy

April 15, 2015

Have you ever lost or injured your voice after shouting and screaming at a concert, a noisy restaurant or bar?  Have people commented that your voice isn’t sounding its best?  Have you ever given your voice and the important role it plays in your life a second thought or do you take it for granted?  Well it’s about time your started to pay attention and take action! Read More »

Polish your English pronunciation

March 3, 2015

Do you sometimes have to repeat yourself when you speak?  Are you creating poor impressions because of the way you speak?  Good clarity of speech is fundamental so you can communicate your spoken message with ease and create positive and lasting impressions on others.   Whether you are a native or non-native speaker of English, here are three tips to assist you to start polishing your English pronunciation: Read More »