Lessons in presence

How to build your presence and power.

Enrollment is open for spring online classes!

Enrollment is now open for my two spring classes, held live and online! I would love to learn, grow, and share with you: How Your Voice Works (and Why It Matters To Know!) A class for singers and voice teachers For seven weeks on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm EST starting May 10th How Your Voice […]

Free classes this April!

Hi All! I’ve been feeling excited and inspired to do a lot of online teaching this spring, so I’m offering two free webinars at the end of this month. You are invited to sign up for one or both… whatever floats your ‘I-have-many-talents-and-interests’ boat! ⛵ —- Voice teachers and singers, join me for: Voice Metaphors: Why […]

You are an energy worker

I have this theory about us performer/presenter/storyteller/speech-giver types. We are all energy workers. I know you may not practice reiki or healing light therapy, but I still believe you are a crafter and shaper of energy. In fact, I think all humans are. Think about it… if you smile at a stranger, you have the […]

Do you have a sensitive nervous system? [quiz]

When I ask you “Do you have a sensitive nervous system?” you may not know your answer right off the bat. So let’s do a quiz… Imagine that you’re getting up in front of people to perform or give a speech, and the stakes are reasonably high. Answer the following four questions: How nervous do […]

Conversation requires speaking and listening

Yesterday in the United States, people gathered with their families or people they cherish to celebrate Thanksgiving. To express gratitude, and to engage in – or perhaps avoid – conversation. I’ve been thinking a lot about conversation recently, and about what constitutes true conversation. Here’s one thing I know (and I bet you agree): Communication […]

Get present anytime

Do you struggle with being present? Do you wish you could learn be present more often? What if I told you that you are completely in control of your presence, and you can get present anytime? You can. And guess what… I’ll explain to you how to do it in the next few minutes. Keep […]

Give It Away

You’ve heard that thing about the tree falling in the forest, right? It goes like this: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” Commence deep philosophical conversation. I want to apply this same question to communication: “If a person speaks and no […]

Ease up on that emotional pressure

Last week on the blog, I introduced an idea I call “actor voice.” Actor voice is when a performer or speaker doesn’t sound authentic because they are stuck in a vocal pattern. I named a handful of different vocal patterns that are possible to get stuck in, and today I want to elaborate further on […]

Do you have “actor voice”??

Okay, so there’s this thing that sometimes happens with actors that like to call “actor voice.” Let me explain. Actor voice is when something about the performer’s voice sounds or feels inauthentic. As the listener, your bullshit meter starts to siren: “Bull-shit bull-shit! Something about what that person is doing is FAKE. I don’t believe […]

Better OUT than IN

You woke up this morning and you feel crappy. You’re sad, you’re out of sorts, and you don’t feel like going to work (/school/rehearsal/wherever you need to go). What should you do? Option A: Stay in bed. Option B: Get up and mope around feeling sad. Stare blankly at the mirror while you brush your […]