Nicki answers some frequently asked
Frequently Asked Questions (illustrated pdf)
Q: What does it mean to speak in an
"authentic, compelling" way? How can I put my "best foot forward" and attract
those I am meant to serve?
A: When you are connected with who you truly
are, speaking from your heart, soul, passion and purpose you will be an
"authentic" speaker. Add great vocal skill and deep awareness to authenticity,
and you will be "compelling"!
Q: What are the main things I will learn in the
"Find Your Voice" ® coaching studio?
A: In terms of vocal skill focus, we primarily
deal with breathing, bodily support, strength, sound production of all kinds,
(phonation and resonance), diction and articulation; range and inflection;
speed and cadence, energy and de-constriction. Anything unique to individual
In terms of awareness, we focus on (a) speaking from all
parts of the Self; (b) speaking from purpose and passion; (c) changing what
gets in your way; (d) underlying reasons for speaking difficulties; (e) fear
Q: I don't know how to breathe very well. Why is
A: Excellent breathing is the foundation for
magnificent, authentic, compelling speaking. It is the "cure-all" for resolving
most vocal issues.
Q: Why do you teach us to "pucker up" and blow
out through "pursed lips" during the breathing exercise?
A: It represents the slow release of air used
to produce sound. This helps you concentrate on the outgo of air without
producing sound yet. Keep air in your body and use it!
Q: What do you mean---"build new muscle"?
A: You will need to "deconstruct" old muscular
constrictions, and "construct/build" new muscles to support deep, relaxed
breathing, an open throat, and bodily support for great
Concentrate on my feet? Why?
A: You need to "ground" your feet, stay in
touch with the earth, and stay in touch with YOU! This helps you manage
What's Vocal "IMPACT"? Why does it matter?
A: The vocal "impact" you have on your
listener(s) will totally determine whether or not they want to stick around and
listen to what you have to offer. Impact is huge! It needs to be a compelling,
inspiring, pleasant "impact," - not a repelling one.
How do I get people to understand what I'm saying? I want them to "look into"
what I have to offer them.
A: People need to be able to clearly and
easily understand what you are saying. You need to enunciate, articulate well,
and use good diction. Then people will be motivated to "look into" what you
have to offer, because they are not distracted by mumbling or un-clarity of
Like a young man said, You Rock! I wanna' Rock! How?
A: You will "Rock" when you feel confident,
have great vocal skills, and fabulous awareness about you and your voice. Being
an authentic and compelling speaker "rocks" your listeners!
10. I want people to LOVE hearing my Voice and
what I have to say! I want to LOVE my voice, too. Is that important?
A: Loving your voice is very important! The
more comfortable and confident you are in your own speaking abilities, the more
effective a speaker (in any venue) you will be!
11. I get nervous or frightened before
speaking in person, recording my audio CD and voice clip for my Web site. I get
anxious before speaking on TV. Is there a way I can reduce and work through my
A: Being frightened is remembered and
anticipated shame. We work through this and equip you with "what to do
instead." Instead of shaking, being absorbed with "what if's" or being afraid
or your fear. You will become confident and knowledgeable in this "no shame"
learning voice "studio".
12. What do you mean, "Connect with your
A: Connecting well with those you are meant to
serve is absolutely essential. Coming to know, like and trust you, is a result
of making a solid connection
one that becomes the basis for an ongoing
relationship. They'll know who you are down deep through the sound of your
voice. Others can also hear how connected (or disconnected) you are with your
Self. Connection is vital!
13. Are you suggesting that as I improve the
sound of my Voice and become an authentic, compelling speaker, I might get so
popular that I won't know which call to answer first?
A: It is likely that you will be swamped with
calls, when people like, know and trust what they "hear" from you and about you
as you become an authentic, compelling speaker!
14. I can really learn to love my voice and
A: Becoming a skillful, masterful,
knowledgeable, aware and confident speaker equals love-of-voice! You enjoy your
voice, and so will they!
15. This will help me get known all over the
world? I want to "connect" with those I am meant to serve, inspiring others to
live fully as well
A: Connect all over the world! Sound
magnificent, authentic and compelling as you reach out effectively all across
the globe with your newly empowered Speaking Voice!
16. What are the 3 things you've noticed about
my "speaking"? What 3 things do I need to pay attention to in order to become
an authentic, compelling speaker?
A: In terms of your unique voice, we'd address
what you notice about your voice first - strengths and any area of concern -
and then I'd follow up with my assessment.
Call for your free 30 minute voice
assessment/consultation 314-432-2549. E-mail Nicki at: firstname.lastname@example.org.