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What is stopping you from developing a British accent?

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 by Positivevoice

People often come to me saying that they are keen to develop a British accent and from time to time, these same people seem to run out of enthusiasm and stop practicing. 

Is this because they are not motivated?

Actually, the answer is different for everyone, but often they really do want to develop a British accent, but there is something holding them back. For instance, a client i worked with this week isn't managing to fully resonate her voice in her throat and all the cavities in her head and chest. The result is that her voice resonates in her mouth, which stops her from having a polished, British accent. What is causing this, you may wonder? Well, this week she mentioned that she is scared of sounding too loud. So, here we see two conflicting desires.

There is an interesting link between our emotions and our voice. We often show others how we feel through our vocal tone. In fact, if you fully connect with your emotions, others will see exactly how you feel just by looking at your physiology and listening to your voice. Fear isn't a huge problem if the individual is aware of it, as we can quite easily overcome irrational fears, can't we? I often find the best way to overcome low level fears is to question them and turn them on their head:

I asked her if i spoke too loudly? She said 'no'. I then said, well what makes you think you will speak too loudly if you follow the same steps that i follow to achieve a clear voice?

"Many of our fears are tissue paper thin and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them." Brendan Francis (Behan)Need a little guidance and motivation, try my digital course in British Accent Coaching. Be sure to listen to the hypnotherapy audio.

How to Make a Positive Impact with your Voice

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 by Positivevoice

Your voice makes an impact. You may or may not like the impact your voice makes, but, all the same, it has an effect on your listeners. One of the contributing factors here is the tone you use when you speak. Your vocal tone can win you both friends and enemies. It is not so much the words you use, but the way in which you utter them. One of the tools I often use with clients is hypnotherapy. During sessions, my words play a very small part in helping clients to relax. It is my pace, tone, rhythm and breathing that serves to relax people.

Your vocal tone does not just affect others, though. It also has a huge bearing on how you feel. If you can be positive and cause your voice to reflect this, your emotions will travel on an upward spiral. The opposite is also true. A great philosophy to practice is humour. If you decide to see humour where others would take offence, you will maintain your positivity.

When I speak to people, I often intuitively send out waves of calm. Another way of doing this would be to communicate with people with a sense of ‘unconditional, positive regard’. I find that when I focus entirely on them, and see them in the best possible light my vocal tone mirrors this intention. How you treat others has a huge impact on how they respond to you, so the more you do this, the more pleasant your encounters with others will be.

This is just one of the many things that you can do to transform your interactions with others. If you would like to have others hanging off your every word, check out my home study course: Vocal Impact


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