Bye Bye BeSpoke & Exciting Announcement

We have loved helping you warm up your voice. The journey will continue.

Hi Friends,

This is a brief episode to let you know that this will be the last episode under the ‘BeSpoke Speaks’ title. If you are a regular listener or subscriber, don’t fret. All of the old content will still be on this website and in podcast form, but the podcasts are getting a shiny new name and logo. This is part of an evolution on both of our parts. Christine is launching a new voice and communication coaching website and business (more on that to follow) and Lindsay is currently exploring how this platform can be expanded to include different strands of wellbeing and positive psychology that impact our communication. The aim will be to broaden our lens and use this platform as a creative dialogue and workshop.

So for those of you who have been listening for awhile, thank you so much for your support. We have loved working on this project together and we have learned so much (and podcasting has changed so much!)  along the way. We are still dedicated to using the podcast format as a way of offering accessible content for self-exploration.

Stay tuned for the launch of Christine’s new business and website, which will happen at the end of March and will have its own podcast. A lot of the old BeSpoke episodes that only feature Christine will be under the new name and title of her podcast. If you want more regular updates on the launching process, the easiest way to get them is by following her on instagram @christinemottramvoice. She will also continue to update you through this website.

Watch this space for updates about how BeSpoke will evolve as a project in its own right. Stay tuned.

Take good care,

Christine & Lindsay

Why your Voice gets High when you’re Excited

Hey Friends,

In this video, I talk about why the voice pitch gets higher when we feel excitement. Because excitement affects our physical tension levels and the way we breathe, it can have an immediate impact on the way we sound. 

First of all, there is no problem with that! But the person asking this question also wanted to know— how can you regulate your pitch if you don’t want your voice to get so high? 

Life is too short to suppress your feelings, which might have to happen if you try to actively regulate your pitch, but there are things you can do to help your body and voice ground into your excitement, which will actually help you enjoy your excitement more! Watch to find out how. 

If you’re liking these videos, please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel.

If you have questions you’d like me to answer, comment below or email at bespoke.comcontact@gmail.com.

Take good care,

Christine

Voice Warm Up for Podcasters

Ryan sent me a legit picture of her teaching articulation but I decided to go with this one of us in 2013 instead.

Hey Friends,

Are you a podcaster or someone who regularly performs using microphones? 

This episode offers a warm up specifically for people who regularly speak publicly through technology, particularly podcasters. It’s a follow-up from a previous episode, ‘Vocal Consideration for Podcasters’, where I spoke with Ryan O’Shea, LA-based voice coach and podcaster, about what is helpful and not so helpful for podcasters to think about vocally. 

Where we landed in that episode is that the trap of podcasting is trying to listen to the way you sound and emulate a certain sound. Your audience will respond much more to you if you shift your focus to how you want your audience to feel, and then warm up your instrument so that you can connect to that feeling within yourself. Ryan joins us again in this episode to co-lead you through a warm up that will help you do that. 

The warm up includes: 

  • a warm up for the articulators
  • – some physical release and connection to the body and breathing
  • – some orientation 
  • – some priming and imaging work to connect to your own feelings and how you want your audience to feel
  • marrying the image work and your intention to communicate with the physical sensation of sending your sound to the mic

You can find this episode in podcast form by searching for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’ on iTunes, Spotify, AmazonMusic, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or www.bespoke-communication.com

Find out more about Ryan at www.voiceandspeechwithryan.com

Let us know what you think! 

Take good care,

Christine