Welcome to the Voice Body Connection blog!
You’ve been asking and it was time to answer. So this week I mounted my phone on top of a tripod, and I made you the very first video! Here it is:
Stay tuned next week when we’ll dive in with our first exercise.
Also please let me know what you think! It could be:
“Elissa this is awesome, yay!”
“What do you mean by optimum function?”
Or “I learned this exercise awhile back and I can’t...
I have this theory about us performer/presenter/storyteller/speech-giver types. We are all energy workers.
I know you may not practice reiki or healing light therapy, but I still believe you are a crafter and shaper of energy. In fact, I think all humans are.
Think about it… if you smile at a stranger, you have the power to change their mood for the entire day. If a loved one is getting angry, you have the power to say something to break them out of their anger loop. Sure, you may not...
When I ask you “Do you have a sensitive nervous system?” you may not know your answer right off the bat. So let’s do a quiz…
Imagine that you’re getting up in front of people to perform or give a speech, and the stakes are reasonably high. Answer the following four questions:
Yesterday in the United States, people gathered with their families or people they cherish to celebrate Thanksgiving. To express gratitude, and to engage in – or perhaps avoid – conversation.
I’ve been thinking a lot about conversation recently, and about what constitutes true conversation. Here’s one thing I know (and I bet you agree):
In the act of conversation, this means that a true conversation requires...
Do you struggle with being present? Do you wish you could learn be present more often?
You can. And guess what… I’ll explain to you how to do it in the next few minutes. Keep reading.
There’s a simple and brilliant system for understanding presence, and I teach it to every single one of my clients. It’s called the “The Second Circle,” or as I like...
I’ve been getting Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails since last spring, and there’s something that’s really struck me about them… when the primaries concluded and it was clear that our candidates were Hillary and Donald, all of Hillary’s emails were versions of a very particular message: we can’t let Donald Trump be our next President.
Now do I agree? Yes I do, 100%. But I found it odd and disconcerting that the emails were so focused on what Hillary...
Yesterday morning when I woke up the world felt incredibly quiet. I, my family, my friends, so many of us, were in shock. I truly didn’t think we lived in a country where we would elect Donald Trump.
I’ve been thinking a lot about something I studied during my sophomore year of high school in European History class. At the beginning of that year we learned about these two enlightenment philosophers, John Locke and Thomas Hobbes. Here’s a breakdown on their theories:
Growing up I took hundreds of hours of voice lessons and choir classes. In all that time not one of my teachers ever showed me a picture of my vocal cords. None of them fully explained the mechanics of why air flow was the thing that set them into vibration. Instead my voice was this mysterious magical entity that could only be altered by being coaxed, tamed, and drawn out through imagery and metaphors.
Now I have nothing against metaphors… in fact I LOVE them. My students will attest...
It’s officially fall! The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are turning, and we can buy ourselves a pumpkin spice latte.
When you consider the weather change and the cold season that usually accompanies it, plus add in the fact that this is the busiest time of year for many people, it’s clear to see that it’s also a really important time to take care of your vocal health. So in honor of the season change and to kick off the fall round of my online course How Your...
Let’s talk about Hillary’s voice.
We’ve heard individuals and the media alike commenting negatively on it. People call her shrill. People call her strident. They say they they can’t handle her shouting.