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Real Talking Tips with Elaine A. Clark
8 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
30: Real Talking Tips_Word Emphasis_Add a Wiggle and Jazz Hands
Ready to sprinkle in a wiggle, sizzle, jazz hands, and voice shimmer when you say keywords? The 4th of 11 Word Emphasis - Real Talking Tips speech communication mini-series lessons - gets your hands, head, shoulders, toes, and derriere ready to move! Listen and practice along. Create a specific sound, pitch, and attitude. Add more variety to your speaking voice. Each element of the Word Emphasis Chart [introduced in Real Talking Tips Episode 27] adds speech variation and attitude to spoken words and phrases! Wiggling different parts of your body is also a fun warm-up that can put a twinkle in your eye before talking, recording, or meeting someone. In the last three Real Talking Tips - Word Emphasis episodes, we added a Dot (·), Arrow Up, and Caret Up (^), and Arrow Down, and Caret Down (v) to key words and phrases. So, practice along with this Real Talking Tips podcast, my Elaine Clark app - Adding Melody To Your Voice, and my best selling books, There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is and Voice-Overs for Podcasting.
8 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
29: Real Talking Tips_Word Emphasis - Arrow that Down, Please!
Caret It Down - Arrow It Down, is the 3rd Word Emphasis speech variety lesson in this 11-episode Real Talking Tips mini-series. The up-down-up caret (v) adds emphasis to an individual word where the musicality of that word starts and ends on the same high or medium pitched note and lowers in the middle. Arrowing a sentence or phrase down, lands a thought or message as the pitch of the speaking voice progresses from a higher to lower voice. Remember, the importance of utilizing the Word Emphasis Chart is for variety! So, practice along with this Real Talking Tips podcast, the Adding Melody To Your Voice app, and my books, There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is and Voice-Overs for Podcasting. It’s not practice makes perfect. It’s PERFECT practice makes perfect! #realtalkingtips #elaineclarkvo
10 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
28: Real Talking Tips - Word Emphasis - Arrow that Up!
Real Talking Tips Episode 28 is the second in the min-series of 11 ways to add Word Emphasis to speech, presentations, and voiceover recordings. This time, we’ll practice two types of upward inflection: arrowing a phrase up and adding an up-and-down-caret (^) to a word. Arrowing up sets up a statement for the response that follows. An Upward Caret slows down an individual word and provides additional musicality and focus to that key word within a sentence. As before, we’ll use the Word Emphasis chart found on Episode 27 of my ElaineClarkVO.com/Podcast page, discussed in my books, There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is and Voice-Overs for Podcasting, and explored further in the video and interactive practice-record-and-listen areas of my app, Adding Melody To Your Voice. Now, I'll show you additional ways to achieve those speech variations using a variety of movements and gestures. If you're enjoying this series, please subscribe, download, and share this episode with friends, colleagues, and business associates. #RealTalkingTips #ElaineClarkVO
10 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
26: Real Talking Tips - Become Your Own Speech Choir Director
Being a Speech Choir Director means that the voice, body movements, and gestures work in tandem with the speaker’s feelings and message dynamics. Establishing the power box shape and size helps defines the voice range and musical tune. When practicing this concept, use slower and larger gestures and movements to allow time for the brain to accept the reprogramming effort and the body to trust and spontaneously incorporate the speech clarifying movements. Don’t expect it to happen overnight. It takes practice for a speaker to become dynamically ‘wired for sound.’ Practice along with the 5 Speech Melody Practice Lessons.
8 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
25: Real Talking Tips - Power Box - Right, Left, Together... Everyone!
The voice needs variety for the listener to stay engaged. When a speaker gestures with the same hand, the musicality and tempo of the voice tends to repeat and the audience tends to tune out. The Right-Left-Together Power Box method incorporates 3 different voice placements. Alternating movements inside the various size and shape Power Boxes adds additional variation and clarity to the speaking voice. Listen and practice these speech movements and combinations to create muscle memory so your body knows what to do when making a presentation, speaking in front of a group, recording a voice-over script, or recording a podcast.
9 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
24: Real Talking Tips_Power Box - Big vs Small
The Large and Small Power Box is the 2nd of 4 episodes that explore the use of a speaker's Power Box in this Real Talking Tips speech communication micro-learning series. This time, rather than the speaker’s “stage area” being vertical, the big vs. small power box is horizontal or square. The width and size of the horizontal power box is dependent on the message. When the message is intimate and subdued, the smaller the speaker’s gestures and movements are within that confined area. Dynamic and inclusive messages require the speaker to use a wider and broader area to expand their gestures and the power of their voice. Once again, defining the appropriate size and shape of the power box focuses the speaker’s message, voice, and intended audience response.
7 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
23: Real Talking Tips - Power Box_High vs Low Stage
If you're wondering what a speaker's Power Box is, think of it as a small stage area where the speaker's hands and gestures stay inside. The power box may be tall and narrow, wide or small, v-shaped, thrust forward, rectangular, circular, or square. When the speaker's movements stay inside this specified power box area, the message is more focused and impactful. Otherwise, the audience can easily become distracted with the 'in and out' sound of the speaker's diffused voice as the gestures go beyond the imaginary power box walls. Real Talking Tips Episodes 23-26 explores the speaker's various power box sizes, shapes, movements, and voice placements. The vertical high vs. low power box is the first of this 4-part micro-learning power box speech communication mini-series.
9 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
22: Real Talking Tips-Tempo Changes - Jazz Up The Speech Tune
Anticipation… wait for it… moments are powerful. Why? Properly placed pauses engage the audience and make them active listeners. Writers use dashes, ellipses, commas, colons, and semi-colons to indicate pauses. Speakers need to fill in those spaces with an emotion and attitude that rides on the breath and connects the statements together. Contrary to what some people think, adding a pause doesn’t mean that the speaker disengages, quits working, closes the mouth, and stops the airflow. Pauses should be filled with opinion and attitude to activate audiences, add impact, anticipation, drama, comedy, and memory retention. Pauses are also used to shift focus from one topic to another. In Real Talking Tips Episode 22, Elaine Clark demonstrates three main areas where speakers can add pauses. Pauses help create a dialog with the listener when a statement has numerous choices and answers. Comedians and Speakers use pauses to get a laugh. Longer dramatic or ‘pregnant pauses’ add impact. Pauses add tempo changes and jazz up the speech tune.
7 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
21: Real Talking Tips - Add Tempo Changes to Speech
What is Good? What information is Bad? Words can be the same but attitudes and opinions can be completely opposite! When both good and bad information is shared in a script, message, presentation, or conversation, the story and focus of the spoken message and endorsement can easily get muddy and confusing. Adding Tempo Changes is the focus of Real Talking Tips Episodes 18-22. Comparing good and bad information fits right into that tempo changing challenge. Why? Good information needs to be said slower. Bad information should be spoken faster. Adding a smile when saying good information slows down the tempo. Not smiling or staying emotionally neutral allows the speech pattern to get faster. That’s because more facial muscles are required to smile than frown. Good information is also more positive when the palm of the hand faces up. Bad information sounds worse when the palms face down. Listen to Real Talking Tips and practice along with the script and blog at ElaineClarkVO.com/podcast. If you want to see communication tips demonstrated, you can also watch the Elaine Clark YouTube video. Actively practice and put these speaking tips in your body so your speech communication, presentations, voiceovers, podcasts, and everyday conversation improve and you're 'wired for sound'.
7 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
20: Real Talking Tips - Lists are Boring! Add Tempo Changes.
Lists can turn off a listener if you don’t know how to change the speech rhythm and focus of the key words. Lists need their own location, meaning, and musical placement. Lists shouldn’t be spoken with one repetitive sound and tempo. List items shouldn’t be lilted upward unless the intention is to bore the audience. Lists need their own tempo and focus. There are four different and distinct list types. Noun lists focus on people, places, and things. Verb lists require action. Modifier lists clarify the merits of the person, place, location, product, or service. Laundry lists offer multiple options and expectations. Join host Elaine A. Clark in Episode 20 Real Talking Tips as we explore ways to say lists with more meaning and impact.
8 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
19: Real Talking Tips - Add Tempo Changes - Slow, Medium & Fast
Why do public speakers, presenters, and voice actors have a tendency to speak at a steady pace and rhythm? In regular conversation, people vary their speaking pace. Important information is slow. Unimportant information is fast. And normal information is spoken at a medium speed. Yet, most people tend to get trapped and forget to add variety to their voice when they’re giving a speech, presentation, or recording a script. I’m Elaine Clark, host and creator of the Real Talking Tips podcast where I offer practical advice on how to effectively get your message across and speak like a pro. Episode 19 offers communication and voiceover tips for speakers who want to break you out of "reading conditioning" and into expressive, real, conversational speech. #ElaineClarkVO #Communication #VoiceOver #VO #Podcasts #Business #Speech #TalkingTips #There'sMoneyWhereYourMouthIs #Voice-OversForPodcasting #ActivateYourVoice #AddingMelodyToYourVoice #Presentations #Reporting #Interviews #SpeakLikeAPro
8 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
18: Real Talking Tips - Add Tempo Changes - Vary Your Sentence Structure
Listeners Need Time to Process What You’re Saying. Words can be meaningless or powerful depending on how the message is presented. Hi, I’m Elaine Clark with Real Talking Tips offering practical advice on how to effectively get your message across and speak like a pro. Communication is a Powerful Tool if you’re in sales, making a presentation, hosting a podcast, being interviewed, recording a voiceover script, or talking to friends. You can always find ways to improve the way you speak, connect with your audience, and sound real and believable. There are three sections format and structure of the message: Set-Up, Body, and Resolve. SET-UP - establishes the problem. BODY - acknowledges the problem and offers solutions. RESOLVE - summaries the benefits and suggests that the audience take action. That action can be to go into a store, look at a website, purchase or sell something, tell a friend, explore other options, calm down, travel, accept changes, or a whole array of other choices. The Power of Silence! Silences are necessary for the audience to absorb and process what was just said. Those brief silences are necessary in order to change the breath and shift emotions during the transitions between each of the three speaking segments: Set-Up, Body, and Resolve. When the emotional shift of silence occurs, the body has a chance to connect with the message on a deeper level The Format and Structure of Transitions provide an Arc of the Story. Practice the physicality and speaking tips, and visit the website: elaineclarkvo.com/podcast to read more about each speech communication topic. Please take a moment to add a comment. I love hearing from you! #ElaineClarkVO #Communication #PowerOfSilence #VoiceOver #VO #Podcasts #Business #Speech #TalkingTips #There'sMoneyWhereYourMouthIs #Voice-OversForPodcasting #ActivateYourVoice #AddingMelodyToYourVoice #Presentations #Reporting #Interviews #SpeakLikeAPro
8 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
17: Real Talking Tips - Be a Sing-Talker!
What does it mean to be a Sing-Talker? Your voice and speech pattern are integral to your unique tune. The goal of the RealTalkingTips speech communication series is to help people improve everyday speech and the retention and absorption of information in business presentations, interviews, podcasting, and voiceovers. Rhythm and melody alter when the articulator is voiced or de-voiced. Musicality of vowels change based on the shape, position, and movement of the mouth. Tempo, Speed, Movement, Emotion, Location, Attitude, and how the sentence is Balanced makes a difference in speech musicality, too. Real Talking Tips is a 52-episode speech communication series with information, practice tips, and homework assignments. So listen, practice, and check out the blog at ElaineClarkVO.com/podcast.
6 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
16: Real Talking Tips - Scale AND Balance
Why do people emphasize the word 'and' rather than the key words on either side of it? The purpose of that little conjunction is to connect similar type items together. Yet, AND has a habit of drawing focus away from those items and informational elements. There are several reasons why AND stands out: 1. The musical downbeat and rhythm of the message. 2. Lack of follow-through and breath-support on the final item. 3. The speed and tempo in which someone speaks. 4. Lack of commitment. 5. Confidence and knowledge of the items. Let's explore how to de-emphasize the "AND" and draw focus to the "Bookend" elements on either side of it to achieve balanced speech and proper word focus.
7 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
15: Real Talking Tips - If You Know It, Point to the Noun!
Let’s get to the point about Nouns! There are: Common Nouns – Generic terms for people, places, things or ideas. Proper Nouns – A specific person, place, or thing where the first letter of the word is usually capitalized. Collective Nouns – Group or Team of people, animals, or things. Personal Pronouns – I, me, we, us, he, him, she, her, it, they, them, us, you . Why are nouns important in voice-overs, writing, and speech communication? What makes nouns unique is that they have a location. Typically, the location is stationary… but if that noun has movement, like a car or airplane, it may need a corresponding movement to correspond to the location. In Episode 13, we talked about Storytelling and how using the body and imagination creates a 3-D world. In Episode 14, we gave Verbs active and subtle gestures and movements. Now it’s time to point out where people, places, things, creatures, and critters are located. What makes nouns unique is that they have a location. Typically, the location is stationary… but if that noun has movement, like a car or airplane, it may need a corresponding movement to correspond to the location. Join me, Elaine A. Clark, on how to speak so people will listen and this "noun" speech communication journey. And don't forget to download, subscribe and share each new RealTalkingTips episode. For the blog notes, practice scripts and info, go to RealTalkingTips.com. #ElaineClarkVO #ElaineClark #RealTalkingTips #Nouns #Voiceovers #VO #SpeechCommunication #Presentations #Speaking #BusinessCoach
8 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
14: Real Talking Tips - Verbs Have Action... Right?
Verbs have Action. That means, when you say a verb you need to have some sort of body movement that corresponds to the action. That movement will be heard in the voice… whether big or small, depending on the type of verb. Okay VERB geeks. I know what you’re thinking. There are Action Verbs and Static Non-Action Verbs. Why should they all have action? Action Verbs are expressed through bigger gestures and movements. Examples: Walk, Reach, Jump. Non-Action Verbs are subtler; a head nod or shake, shoulder shrug, eye movement, or an internal response. Examples: Agree, Remember, Understand. Verbs are easy to comprehend. Verbs tie the nouns together with a big or subtle action. One way to sound authoritative is to give action to the verbs. By giving verbs movement, you sound like you know what you’re talking about. So if you want to speak with authority, give the verbs action!
9 minutes | May 21, 2021
13: Real Talking Tips - Storytelling... Creating a 3-D World
Be a visual and emotional storyteller. Create a three-dimensional world where the listener sees, hears, and feels what you’re saying. Hi, I’m Elaine Clark. And welcome to RealTalkingTips Episode 13. Storytelling. It's the buzzword these in #business, #publicspeaking, #presentations, #podcasting, and #voiceovers. On the surface, it means telling an engaging story from a narrative point of view. In other words, storytelling is taking the listener on a journey of exploration and discovery, holding the listener’s attention, and guiding the listener out of logical thought and into a creative and imaginative 3-D world. But how does a speaker take thoughts, images and experiences that live in their head and share them with others? Here are 3 storytelling tips that will help bring your message to life!
5 minutes | May 12, 2021
12: Real Talking Tips - Your Opinion Needs An Attitude Adjustment
Heartfelt... Prideful... Confident... and now... Attitude?! The fourth of this #BodyPostureVoice mini-series uncovers a bit of cocky, sarcastic, and ironic history that we use regularly when talking to friends and family. But where does it go when we talk to strangers? "Attitude Equals Opinion." And when we DON'T know someone, we tend to hold back and show the "perfect" side of us. Our body language and voice changes based on the relationship. Follow me, #ElaineClark, on another #Communication #RealTalkingTips journey exploring how simple movements are apart of our history, muscle memory, and corresponding attitudes of our personality.
7 minutes | May 11, 2021
11: Real Talking Tips - Speaking from the Heart
One way to effectively communicate with others is to speak from the heart. This is especially important when there's a need to empathize and deliver a truthful heartfelt message. This third of four #BodyPostureVoice micro-learning tips in the #RealTalkingTips series takes us on an emotional heart-warming journey where physicality and movements make a dramatic difference in how #communication is heard and accepted. Here are some tips for relating with others from the heart when you speak, make a presentation, record a podcast, talk on the phone, and record your voice. #ElaineAClark #ElaineClark #ElaineClarkVO #Heartfelt #Podcasting #Recording #VoiceOvers #Presentations #Speak
6 minutes | May 5, 2021
10: Real Talking Tips - Take Pride in What You Say
Take Pride In What You Have to Say. This is the 2nd in this 4-part Real Talking Tips mini-series on Body-Posture-Voice. Here, Elaine Clark demonstrates specific ways to morph and posture the body to add pride, and improve the overall sound and authority of your speaking voice. At the end, there's a recap of the first 10 episodes. It compliments the Elaine Clark app, Activate Your Voice, and drills down on communication topics provided in her books, There's Money Where Your Mouth Is and Voice-Overs for Podcasting. Real Talking Tips is great for public speakers, podcasters, voiceovers, business, presentations, teachers, and personal development. Each of the 52 episodes adds a communication tip to explore, observe, and practice each week.
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