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VOICE AND SPEECH COACHING & COMMUNICATION TRAINING 

 

INDIVIDUAL  VOICE COACHINGSPEECH/ACCENT COACHING

Speak with more vocal confidence

Learn to project your voice with more ease and efficiency and acquire more vocal stamina                 

Are you a teacher experiencing vocal problems in and out of the classroom?        

Conquer stage fright   and achieve a particular goal e.g. wedding speech, work presentation

If English is an alternative language for you I can help you adjust your English accent

Are you an actor looking to explore and improve all aspects of your voice?

Are you a singer who would benefit from foundation work on your speaking voice? 

Are you transgendered and wishing to modify your voice and communication style?

In the case of a clinical voice problem, such as a stammer, I can provide therapy and/or refer on as necessary.

 

TIPS

LOOKING AFTER YOUR VOICE IN THE WINTER

In the winter your voice is particularly prone to colds and the cold weather – here are some tips for looking after the two small vocal folds (‘vocal cords’) housed inside your larynx.

KEEP HYDRATED – The best thing you can do for your voice is drink water.

  • drinking and sipping water frequently not only hydrates your whole body but also hydrates the mucous membrane which covers the whole of our vocal tract – mouth, throat, nasal passages and even the two vocal folds, helping to keep them cushioned as they move against each other to produce your voice
  • if this mucous membrane is hydrated then the lubrication it provides will be balanced; if you feel phlegmy, try to avoid clearing your throat and take a sip of water instead
  • the act of sipping regularly will reset the larynx, especially good if some tension has crept in; this is because the larynx lifts then falls each time we swallow

WEAR A SCARF – If you are particularly worried that the cold gets to your throat, wear a scarf not just round your neck but also over your mouth.

WARM UP YOUR VOICE – If you were going for a run you would warm up your muscles, the same applies to the muscles of voice and speech, especially if you about to be more gymnastic with them eg. before talking at length, presenting – or singing carols!

STEAM INHALATIONS – There are definite benefits of steam inhalations for the voice. The evaporating steam lubricates the mucous membrane which covers the whole of the vocal tract and the vocal cords. It relaxes the pharynx (back of throat) and larynx (voicebox), and gives you the sensation of the openness of your vocal tract

  • Fill a bowl with boiling water – no need to add anything (in fact some substances can be drying e.g. menthol)
  • Sit at a table and lean over the bowl (towel over head: optional!)
  • For the first few breaths, breathe in through your nose but as soon as you can, start breathing in through your open mouth
  • Your breath should be abdominal/central, as if you are breathing under the table (i.e. not shallow breathing – your shoulders shouldn’t be moving)
  • Continue for 2-3 minutes

Contraindications – avoid this if you have asthma, other bronchial conditions (e.g. COPD, bronchiectasis, chest infection/bronchitis), or you have had recent oral, nasal or vocal surgery.

BE AWARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT YOU ARE IN – Using your voice in large rooms/halls or in buildings with a notable amount of metal or glass will be challenging to your voice, as will using your voice outside. Avoid if possible.

REDUCE REFLUX – You may find that dairy foods give you phlegm, avoid fried foods and even citrus fruits. Avoid eating too soon before going to bed. Listen to your body and if you’re concerned, keep a diary of what you eat and when you have reflux.

SLEEP WELL! – Stamina and fitness levels play a part in the balance of your immune system.

Please get in touch with any concerns about your voice in winter –  or during the rest of the year!   wilsonpippa@hotmail.com

 

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 “Lovely, warm and professional approach to voice coaching. I did not know what to expect and I was very happy that from session 1 with Pippa I walked away with helpful techniques for me to practise. Pippa explained so well the reasoning behind each technique that made it easier for me to learn it. After 5 sessions I feel more confident with the projection of my voice and feel happy that I can continue working on these techniques myself independently to hopefully continue to improve.” Myrta G., client

“I have been most impressed by your work – focused, practical and professional.”   Mike H., client

“I have two daughters and for years now I’ve worried about ‘the speech’. My youngest got engaged in 2016 which is when this worry really kicked in. This was until I found Pippa. Initially we spoke on the phone and within minutes I felt relief. After our first meeting, I felt as though I was already half way there. By the time the wedding came around, Pippa had given me the everything I needed to stand up in front of a room full of strangers. Furthermore, she has given me confidence to do it again!”   Paul H., client

“Pippa is the best voice and accent coach to work with. Highly recommend!”   Olga H., client

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death………This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”  
Jerry Seinfeld, not my client!