Posts by Vocal Authority

A Lesson About Presentation Preparation

Bucket list item #1: Do a TED talk. And…Check! Last Friday I did a talk for TEDxOU! It was amazing and gratifying in all the ways you would expect – the red circle on the floor, thought leaders from diverse backgrounds with challenging topics issuing forth in unique and inspired ways, opportunities to engage with…

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Find Your Authentic Voice with Rena Cook

In Episode 29 of Sally’s Performing Arts Lab Podcast, I talk with world-class vocal coach Rena Cook whose new book, Empower Your Voice: Women In Business, Politics And Life comes out in February. I’m your podcast host, Sally Adams. Every week I talk to people about creating original work for a live audience.

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A Woman’s Voice and Pitch

A woman came to me recently saying she wanted to develop a compelling and persuasive voice. When I ask what she meant by that, she responded by saying, “you know, lower and louder.” I wanted to hear her talk more so I continued to ask questions, like what feedback had she been given about her…

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Empowering Women’s Voices

On January 21, 2017, I marched in Oklahoma City, while millions of other women marched around the world raising our collective voices! Now, more than ever, women are activated, engaged, filled with the hope that when we are truly heard positive change will happen! Today more women lead cities, states, companies and countries. Hillary Clinton…

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Find Your Voice

“Find your voice” is a phrase we hear in a lot these days: in finding a voice to speak truth to authority, in finding your voice as a women, in finding your voice as a writer or journalist, in finding a voice for a group or community. It can mean finding a clear message, or…

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Breath is the Master Key to Compelling Speech

From Breath in Action, Chapter 12 by Rena Cook “Without mastering breath nothing can be mastered.” G.I. Gurdjieff “…to be inspired– with words, song, dance, or art of any kind – is to breath in, swim in, to merge with the Muse…becoming totally yourself.” Joy Gardner-Gordon  Two common assertions form the foundations of contemporary voice…

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Empowering Women’s Voices

As I am developing the post-OU, new professional chapter of my life, I find that I am becoming more and more energized by the topic of Empowering Women’s Voices. I have technical skills and techniques for releasing the voice, allowing women to have a more powerful, authentic and expressive speaking voice; and I have also…

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