‘Help! I talk too fast!’ Tip 3: Honor

Hey Friends,

This is video 3 of 3 where I offer tips for organically slowing down your speech. Talking too fast often comes from nervous, excited or passionate energy, which surges upwards through the body and can result in speeding up your tempo. But if you try to think of combating that energy by artificially slowing yourself down, it will feel and sound weird for everyone, because it won’t be authentic. In videos 1 and 2, we talked about grounding yourself and taking time to breathe deeply, which you can watch on this website, on my IGTV @christinemottram or on my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/clmottram)

The third tip I cover in this video? Honor your words by honoring and committing to the sounds within them, specifically the vowel sounds. You know you’re talking too fast if you’re crunching the syllables of your words together, and sometimes we have habits around doing that even after we ground and breathe deeply. Watch this video to see what I mean by ‘honoring’ your sounds and how to do it. 

That’s all my tips for finding a speaking pace that feels good to you. Have you tried any of them out? How did it go?? I would love to hear. 

ps. For more, longer and more in-depth voice and articulation warm ups, check out the warm ups on this website. If you want them in podcast form, search for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’ on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout or Stitcher.

Take good care,

Christine

Announcing Upcoming General American Accent Course on Zoom

Picture from http://www.cnbc.com

Hey Friends,

The USA just had a peaceful transition of power to the next president, which might have you asking: Why aren’t I able to peacefully transition into an American accent?

Christine is here to help! For four weeks in February/March, she will be offering a General American Accent course via Zoom. In this course you will learn how to find and maintain your own authentic American accent consistently. We will look at:

  1. Feeling your way into the accent: making changes to the way you use your speech muscles so that you can shift into and maintain the resonance of a Gen Am accent with ease.
  2. The specific vowel and consonant shifts you’ll need to make to sound authentic
  3. Intonation patterns/prosody and body language so that through body and voice you are seamlessly communicating as an American

This course is aimed at actors who want to work on their General American accent, whether it be to brush up on your skills or to tackle an accent you’ve never learned before.

WHEN: Tuesdays February 9th/16th/23rd and March 2nd, 7-9 PM GMT

WHERE: Zoom

HOW MUCH: 100 GBP (25 GBP a class).

To sign up or find out more, email Christine at clmottram@gmail.com. Please share these details with anyone you think might be interested.

Take good care!

Help! I talk too fast! Tip 2: Breathe

Hey Friends,

Talking too fast often comes from nervous, excited or passionate energy, which surges upwards through the body and can result in speeding up your tempo. But if you try to think of combating that energy by artificially slowing yourself down, it will feel and sound weird for everyone, because it won’t be authentic. 

This is video 2 of 3 where I offer tips for organically slowing down your speech. In video 1, we talked about grounding yourself, which you can watch on this website here, on my IGTV @christinemottramvoice or on my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/clmottram)

The second tip we cover in this video? Take a deep breath. You know you’re talking too fast if you’re struggling to breathe with what you’re trying to say, but there are things you can do in the moment to re-center your breathing. Watch this video to see how. 

Try this out and let me know how it goes. I’ll be back with a third tip next week. 

ps. For more, longer and more in-depth breathing warm ups check out the warm ups on this website. If you would like to have access to warm ups in downloadable form, the same warm ups can be found as podcasts by searching for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’ on iTunes, Buzzsprout, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.

Take good care,

Christine

Help! I’m talking too fast! Tip 1: Ground

Hi Friends,

Do you feel like, or have you gotten feedback that you talk too fast? You know you’re talking too fast if you are struggling to keep up with the act of speaking or if you can tell your listener is struggling to understand you, or both. 

Talking too fast often comes from nervous, excited or passionate energy, which surges upwards through the body and can result in speeding up your tempo. But if you try to think of combating that energy by artificially slowing yourself down, it will feel and sound weird for everyone, because it won’t be authentic. 

I’ll be doing a three-video series that talks you through three tips for organically slowing down your speech and this is video 1. The first tip? Ground that energy. Watch to see how. 

Try this out and let me know how it goes. 

ps. If you’d like more or longer grounding warm ups, search through the archives of this website. If you want them in downloadable format, search for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’ on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout or Stitcher.

Take good care,

Christine

Zoom into 2021: A Voice Warm Up for Virtual Communication

A sneaky shot of my hubby on a Zoom call. Aren’t we all secretly working in PJs these days?

Happy New Year! More than ever before, you might be feeling like you need a refresher as we say ‘bye’ to 2020 and try to embrace 2021. We have reason to be hopeful that we will be back communicating in person regularly soon, but because we are starting off 2021 largely virtual, we’ve got your back. This warm up is designed to help you release and prepare the body, breath and voice for virtual communication.

Long periods of virtual communication can lead to a lot of tension in the body and voice, because sitting all day and talking into a computer is not how our bodies were meant to communicate— it can lead to hunched shoulders, tight neck, tight bellies, squeezed throats. It’s important to remember that even when we are communicating virtually, communication is still a full body action. The more at ease you are, the stronger and more at ease your voice is and the easier it is to communicate. We’ve talked through tips that can help in a previous episode— ‘Cause we are living in a virtual world’. Feel free to reference that. This warm up is a practical sequence that will complement those tips. 

You can also find this episode on iTunes, Spotify, AmazonMusic, Google Podcasts or Stitcher by searching for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’.

Let us know how you find it!