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Angela Catterns, Voice Lesson 1

Michael Kelly “Angela, of the voices you like, which ones stand out for you and why?” Angela Catterns “John Laws had a good voice and Bob Carr has a very good voice . . . I don’t think Tony Abbott has a good voice . . . and I was only thinking the other day that Tanya Plibersek, the deputy Opposition Leader, who I really like, I think she could…

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Choice Voice Lesson 3, Bob Carr

Michael Kelly “Bob, of the voices you like, what are the features that make them attractive? Bob Carr “I think what you wrote recently about Obama’s voice was very significant . . . you focused on the pacing, and his voice gathers pace and groups words together so that he holds our interest . . .

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Choice Voice Lesson 1, Bob Carr

Michael Kelly “Bob, if you had to choose three lessons on what makes a great speaking voice, what would those lessons be?” Bob Carr “I think the first lesson is to separate yourself from the text and look the audience in the eye . . . and that animates a voice.

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“Titles come from above”

Recently I was re-listening to a leadership podcast. Renown United States football coach, Lou Holtz was being interviewed. In the podcast Holtz relayed an interaction he had when he was first installed at head football coach at the University of Notre Dame.

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The first five people you’d call

“What do you want?” A few months back I phoned a colleague whom I hadn’t talk with in over ten years. After greeting me, he said, “What do you want Michael”? I said that I wanted nothing, that I just wanted to say ‘hi and how’s things’.

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Key Acronyms & their meanings

DBAE, TOYF, SODA, VAK, IDP. These acronyms are often used in my sales presentation and business pitch client work. Recently a participant in a workshop wanted to have ready access to the meanings of these acronyms. Below are a list of the acronyms, what they stand for and how they can be applied.

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“I can’t hear you”

Yesterday I attended a networking breakfast. In turn, all of the 50 small business owners stood briefly to introduce themselves and their respective businesses. I was keen to hear each person’s message, but over 30% of the people who spoke, talked too softly or indistinctly for me to hear them clearly.

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