Manifesting! It’s a hot topic, and there are many different approaches. Your voice is a key asset to manifesting what you want, and in this video, I am going to show you how it’s done!
Manifesting your voice to get what you want. Manifesting, it’s a hot topic now, how to manifest our lives. We think about our lives, we put it out to the universe, we create a game plan, a vision, a dream board for ourselves and we do everything we can to make that manifestation come true. It’s a hot topic, Oprah, all the great writers talk about it, how to make things happen in your life. Today I wanna talk about using your voice to manifest what you want in life.
Think about your voice as a car. When you drive a car, you get in your car because you’re on a journey. Well, your body, your voice is your instrument and in this example your car is your instrument. And when you hop in that car you gonna go somewhere. And in that car you have these wheels, and you have the engine that’s been tuned up, and you have the steering wheel that’s been aligned, can take you where you wanna go. All of those things are sort of like the components that make up your voice and your speech, which I’ve talked about in many videos, which I will continue to talk about which include your breath, using your diaphragm, supporting your voice, articulators, your lips, your tongue, using all of these parts of your speech. Your resonators, so that you have different places that you resonate your voice from. The same thing having all of those parts of your voice and speech tuned up as the same as having your car tuned up and all the parts of your car working to get you, to take you where you want to go.
Now that you worked on your voice, all these components and you’ve got your voice lined up, your speech up lined up to work for you, you can use that to manifest what it is that you want. For example, let’s say your manifestation, your dream is to make a million dollars this year. “I want to make a million dollars this year.” So, we’re gonna use our voice, our speech, our body, our energy, our thought process, our mind, everything to make that manifestation come true. We’re going to speak it, we’re going to say, “I wanna make a million dollars this year.” Well, if I say it like this, “I wanna make a million dollars this year. I wanna make a million dollars this year,” what’s happening there?
Well, I’m not using my voice, not breathing, my tone is somewhat sad sack dropping down not really behind me. My mind isn’t really present and I’m not really putting it out to the world, to the universe what it is that I want. Whereas if I say, “I want to make a million dollars this year. I want to make a million dollars this year,” and I put it out there, I start to feel it in my body, I start to manifest it, I start to believe. My body, everything works together, I feel very positive and I feel very alive and I’m ready to go out and do whatever it takes to make that million dollars, if that is my manifestation, my affirmation.
What happens is, we stand up for ourselves. We start to do something that actually directs our thinking, it directs our process. When I work at corporations and I’ll work with an executive team, I lead them to begin the day through a series of warmups and exercises to get them breathing and moving and getting the blood to flow and their voices to work and their voices to open up more than they’re used to. Because so often we use about 10% of our voice. We’re talking like this, we talk right from our throat, we don’t really engage our voice very much and there’s really not much energy we’re putting out there.
Well, think about life. Think about physics. For every action there is a reaction. For every action there’s a reaction. If we give ourselves a 150%, a 1000%, if we put that out there, if we give, things come back to us. That’s the universal experience of life. Read the great spiritual teachers, as you give, you receive. Give of yourself. Use your voice, use your speech, use your mind, your breath, your body to manifest what it is that you want in your life. Pick a tone that works for you. I’m trying to set you up for success, so use your voice, use your body, use your mind and make that success come true. If you liked this video, give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.
Let’s take code switching a step further! In my last video, we learned that code switching is all about knowing your audience and adapting how you speak in those circumstances. Now, let’s talk about how to use code switching to your benefit to get what you want!
In my last video, I spoke to you about code switching. And what is code switching? Code switching is when we change the way we speak depending on the circumstances. So that is, we use different words, different tone, maybe even a slightly different accent, depending on that situation that we find ourselves in. A lot of you do it naturally. When you’re a kid, you want a PlayStation, so you talk to your parents in a certain way, and you’re able to get them to get you that PlayStation. You do it naturally. It’s part of who you are.
Well today, I want to speak about using code switching to get what you want and what you need. Another example of it is maybe when you were in high school, and you wanted a car, and you asked your parents, and again, when you were a child, you did it in one way. Now, as a teenager, you were doing it in a different way, using a different tone, different words, trying to get into … get what you want, and you really had to change it because your parents were the gatekeepers, and consciously or unconsciously, you changed the way you spoke. You changed the words you used so that you would get what you want.
In my own business, I code switch because I work with a variety of clients. Some of my clients are Fortune 500 executives. Some of my clients are eight year olds on the set of Disney Channel. So if I speak the same way to all my clients, I’m kind of getting in the way of what I want for them, which is to be the best speakers they can be.
If I were to go on set on the Disney show, on any of the Disney shows that I coach on, and I were to work with an eight year old, and I were to be very reserved and professional, I don’t think that that student, that client, that actor is going to respond to what I’m saying. Conversely, if I were with a Fortune 500 exec, and I walked in very casually, and I was trying to have fun … I try to have fun with my executives, but I was working in a way that I treat the eight year olds, I don’t think I would get my message across. They might not take me as serious, or as professional, or as authoritative. So I switch the way that I speak because I, as a voice and speech coach, want to meet my clients where they are.
And that’s what I’m asking you to do today, is to meet your client, meet your gatekeeper, where they are. So, for instance, if you have a team member, and they’re very quiet and reserved, and your natural way of being is strong, and loud, and intense, maybe by using some code switching, by simply alternating, or changing, or modifying the way that you speak, the words you use, the tone you use, you’ll be able to get from your employee what you want. It’s key. Being able to adapt, being able to change, being able to use different words and different tones, under different circumstances, is key.
Another example that I’ve used in one of my earlier videos is when I work with call center employees, working on their tone, a tone of empathy, a tone of understanding. They can’t go into a conversation and carry whatever they have going on with them into that conversation. They have to adjust their tone.
How adaptable are you at changing your tone? That’s a question I have for you. When do you find yourself changing your tone? Are there moments in your life when you feel like you’re not getting what you want, and you can’t figure out what it is that’s getting in the way? Perhaps it’s the way that you’re conducting yourself, the way that you’re comporting yourself, again, the energy you’re bringing in, the words you’re using, and the tone of speech you use. All of these things make a difference.
I’d love to hear from you about successful times in your life when you’ve actually alternated the way that you’ve spoken and approached a situation to get what you want, and perhaps a time in your life when you’ve not been successful in code switching, and not gotten what you want, and realized on further reflection that if you had only adapted yourself to the situation, you could have achieved what you wanted.
I always encourage you. Everything is an opportunity. Does that make you an opportunist? No. Use things as an opportunity to get what you want. Know yourself, know the gatekeeper, know what you want, and use all that you have as a speaker, as a person, to get what it is that you want.
Code switching! You may be thinking, “Patrick, what are you talking about?” Chances are, you’re already doing it! Code switching is a an incredible tool to have in your communication utility belt, and I am excited to share with you what it is in this video!
What is code switching? Code switching is changing the way we speak, depending on the circumstances. It could be the words we use, the tone we use, or even the accent we use. A lot of us do this naturally, you’ll hear people all the time changing the way they speak depending on their audience.
The other day I was at the gym, and I heard somebody in the middle of a heated conversation. It was very tender, and yet kind of pointed, and I thought hmm, who is that on the other side? And I realized it’s their spouse. I could tell, very clearly, it was their spouse.
I do a lot of corporate coaching, and when I go to call centers, for instance, and I work with people who deal with customers on the phone, we talk about tone. And the tone that they most often want to strike is one of empathy, one of understanding. Having that ability to code switch and have that tone is key to their success on the job.
I recently saw the movie Lady Bird, it’s up for all kinds of awards this year, and Laurie Metcalf plays a mother, she plays a nurse and a mother. And it’s a story about this relationship between the mother and the daughter, and it’s kind of tense, great picture. And Laurie Metcalf does a wonderful job of using a certain tone with her daughter, that’s very different from the tone she uses when she’s a nurse, talking to one of her patients. You hear this absolutely different side of her. It’s very natural, it’s very organic.
When do you use code switching? When do you code switch the way that you speak? When you’re talking to your spouse? Talking to your parents? Talking to your employees? I would love to hear it from you, because it’s a very interesting topic. How adept are you at code switching? Do you do it naturally? Is it something that you could get even better at, knowing how to suit what you’re saying to your audience? It’s really about knowing who is your audience? Answering that question, and being able to bring up the tone that works for you in that situation.
When do you code switch? That’s the question that I have for you, today.
Actually, this video is literally going to change your life! Maybe! In today’s fast paced society, the quick fix is all the rage, and one question I get asked quite frequently is, “Can you make me sound smarter?” Well, here’s a quick fix!
How to sound smarter.
Actually, this is literally going to change your life.
Actually, literally. Two words I want to talk about today. How to sound smarter. Be aware of the words you use, and two words that I find being overly used these days, actually and literally.
All the time I’ll hear people say, “Actually, you know, it’s like, literally amazing.” I think most of the words I just said in there didn’t add anything to what I was trying to say, which was, I was trying to say, “It’s amazing.” But I added literally and actually, and they didn’t add anything.
Oftentimes we can all be a little bit guilty of overly using certain words. No big deal. We gotta talk the way we speak. We gotta be who we are. At the Voice Zone, I encourage you to be authentic. In being authentic, however, it takes some awareness of, am I really expressing what I want to express? Am I expressing who I am, or am I simply using words to fill the time, actually, literally?
Also the words I’ve talked about in other videos, you know, like, um. All these words take away from what we’re saying. They take away from who you are. So I really want you to be aware of these two words, because they’re very popular in today’s culture, actually, literally. Are these two words words that you’re overusing? Or are there some other words that you tend to use all the time, that again, detract from what you’re saying?
How do you stop using these words, or overly using them? The first step is awareness. So become aware of the words that you speak. How can you do that? You can record yourself. You can ask your best friend. Now, are there words that you hear me using a lot that are maybe kind of annoying to you? Is there a phrase that I use that seems a bit trite or overly used, hackneyed? They can give you some good feedback, as a good recorder can give you good feedback as well.
Secondly, once you know these words and you’re aware of overly using them, make the decision, for this one minute of conversation, I’m not going to use that word. Or for these two minutes of conversation, I’m not going to use these words.
In our life, we have different situations that come up. I have clients come to me and now they’re in sales. They’re in marketing. And they’re young. They’re in their twenties. And with their friends, they speak a certain way. They use all of these unconscious fillers. And it’s great. But does it serve them, as it serves them with their friends, does it serve them in this professional life, when they’re making sales, when they’re doing marketing, when they’re making presentations? Is it helping them serve their goals? Or are they stuck that way?
You are never stuck once you have an awareness and you make a decision. So be aware of this word, these two words, literally and actually, and see what you can to do start to wean yourself off of them, to speak more professionally, sound more polished, and have people take you for the professional and the authority that you are.
Happy 2018. We’re in a whole new year, and it’s time to look at our goals. Last year, I came out with a video called 2017 Goal-setting, and in that video, I said my commitment to myself and to you was to put out two videos a month, so one video every two weeks. I’m happy to report, at the end of 2017 and now going into 2018, I not only fulfilled that, but I surpassed it with one video every week. It’s a wonderful feeling to do that, and I want to share with you how I did that, and hopefully, my experience can help you in whatever it is that you have as a desire, as a dream, as a goal.
First off, I want to discuss with you how here I am filming back in my home studio as opposed to Scott Sedita Studios where I’ll be filming this week and watching all of my subsequent videos from there, but I really wanted to make sure I got something out so I could stay true to my commitment, so you’ll even notice the funky lighting and the sound. Not as great as I wanted, but it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be.
What I learned over these years of doing videos and building my business as a voice and speech coach and helping more people develop themselves is three takeaways, and they are imagination, affirmation, and structure. Imagination, affirmation, and structure.
First off, imagination. What is it that you want to do in your life? We all have an imagination. We have our dreams. Look, I live in Hollywood. This is a place that’s created with imagination. All the great films and TV shows are because people at first imagined these things. Our imaginations are incredible things, and by sitting down and becoming in touch with our imagination, we can do wonderful things. Constructive imagination is the starting point for all great undertakings.
For instance, if you’re wanting to build a new high rise, you first have to put together a blueprint. You have to imagine what it’s going to look like. You can’t just start building. You have to have a vision. That’s really key. The second thing, and I’m going to go out of order, is structure. Structure is key. I had the vision years ago that I wanted to reach more people, be on a more global level by doing these videos, and so what I did was I realized I needed somebody to help me. I couldn’t do it on my own. I talked about putting the camera up on a set of books in my dining room table and filming and realizing the lighting was terrible, kind of like it is now, and that it was out of focus and that I was off to one side of the camera.
I needed somebody else, and thus, I hired Marcus who sits behind the camera right now who’s my wonderful business manager and creative consultant, and it’s a terrific thing that we do together because we would meet every week. At first, we were somewhat consistent, but over the years, we’ve grown very consistent. If it’s Monday, it’s Marcus. It’s Marcus Monday. By doing that, we’ve had consistency. I’ve been able to grow what I’ve been doing, working on my business, working on my books, working on these videos.
Thirdly is affirmation. Boy, affirmation is so important. All of us, what do we want in our lives? We want to be affirmed. We want to be heard. We want to be understood, want to be cared for. Simply, we want to be affirmed, so affirmations, and I know many affirmations where I talk about I want to be a great speaker, that kind of verbal affirmation, although I will share with you in other upcoming video because I have a new audiobook called 51 Affirmations for Being a More Powerful Speaker, but I’ll talk about that in future videos.
Affirmation, in this sense, is getting that sense from the universe that what you’re doing is working, and really, what that’s about is taking time for yourself to reflect, being present for yourself, looking at the people you’re working with, the project you’re working on, taking time to think about it, to reflect on it, and realize that you are getting affirmations from the universe, from the people around you.
In my line of work, when my clients come to me and I can see that they’re getting better with their voice, more confident speech, better speakers, their accent is being reduced, I have instant affirmation. On a side note, I wanted to get affirmation in a way that would be more visible, so I created a Yelp page, and I had my students go on to that Yelp page, and I asked them, “If you feel comfortable about it, would you share a few words?” Pretty soon, that grew and grew, and that’s another way of getting affirmation.
Seeing the results, listening to the people, looking at the evidence. All of these things have helped me with my goal-setting. Well, it’s 2018. It’s a new year. What are your goals? What are your dreams? What is your vision? What step can you take today to create that vision to come true? What little tiny single step can you take today? Well, first of all, come up with your dreams, use your imagination, put together a structure, and finally, look at the affirmations that are around you. Write something down. Write down what it is that you want to do, and then take one small step today to make that dream come true.
To a wonderful 2018. I look forward to seeing you in upcoming videos.
In this short educational piece, I explain how the diaphragm is like the trampoline. Use the diaphragm to have a strong and powerful voice.
What is the diaphragm? I’ve talked to you before about the diaphragm. I will talk to you in this video and I will talk to you later on about the diaphragm as well because it’s so import to voice and to speech and to singing and to power in your voice. When I was younger and I was doing plays or I was taking singing lessons, my director or my singing teacher would say to me, “Patrick, use your diaphragm. Speak from your diaphragm. Sing from your diaphragm.” Well, I never quite understood what that meant. I put some diagrams of the diaphragm on my resources page on my website. Please look at those. Get an idea of how it works and how it looks. I want to give you a really good analogy today that’s going to make it really simple. From now on, you never have to worry about, “Am I using my diaphragm? Am I using it correctly? What it is?” Let’s make it simple.
Think of the diaphragm was a trampoline. Trampolines, almost all of us loved trampolines when we were younger, maybe even to this day. Jumping on a trampoline was fun, right? You be on this little thin sheet that you would jump on and it would go up and down, up and down, up and down. The higher you jumped each time, the more bounce you got, the trampoline went down, the more you bounced up. Well, technically, the diaphragm is a dome-shaped layer of tendon and muscle, separates your lungs from your guts. When you breathe, the diaphragm, this dome shape, goes up and down, down and up, down and up. If we hold onto our breath, the diaphragm doesn’t have as much room to give. Coming back to the trampoline analogy, think of you as the breath. Think of you jumping on that trampoline going down and the higher you jump, the farther down you go. The more you go down, the more spring you have up. That’s just like the diaphragm. If you breathe only a little bit, your diaphragm doesn’t have much give. If you breathe in deep and relaxed and you feel your belly fill up with air, because the diaphragm is pushing the belly out of the way, your breath is creating that nice give in the diaphragm. You are jumping down to the diaphragm and having more space between your lows and your highs.
When I say to you, “Reach out with your voice,” or I say to you, “Speak out,” think of yourself as the breath. Think of yourself jumping on that trampoline, down you go and up you go, down you go and up you go. By doing that, you’re supporting your voice. You are on that trampoline. Your breath is on that diaphragm. Same kind of thing. It gets tight, there’s not much room there, you’re talking from your throat. If it’s relaxed, you have some give. If you’re breathing deeply, you have room to use your voice and to speak out. The diaphragm is a trampoline, simple, easy, and you’ll always know that with a little bit of breath, you’ll have a strong voice. I’m Patrick Muñoz. If you like this video, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.
Sleep is so important for your voice. In this video I share how getting enough sleep will strengthen your voice and make you a better speaker.
Today, I want to talk to you about one thing you’re doing to hurt your voice. There are many things you can do that will hurt your voice, but in this video, I want to talk about one major thing and that is not getting enough sleep. Now, look, everybody’s different. Some of us can get by on less sleep. Some of us need more sleep. You know your own body. For me, I need about eight hours of sleep a night, seven, eight hours of sleep. If I start to get less sleep than that, it starts to show up in my voice. My voice gets tired. If I’m really on minimal sleep, let’s say five hours, that voice can start to give out. You need to restore your body. You need to give yourself really all the things and benefits you can by a good diet, exercise, sleep, meditation. Well, you don’t have to have meditation. You have to have some way of taking care of your insides. By doing that, you can have a strong you, a better you.
The reason do these videos is to help you, to give you some self-help, give you some guidance. That’s why I think we can all improve in what we do. A major part of that is sleep. I mean, they talk about it, have done studies. If you don’t get enough sleep, your concentration is not like it is, your focus is not as good. If you really have a lack of sleep, it’s almost like being drunk. Really, that’s how much we need to have some sleep. For some of us, maybe it’s taking a nap in the afternoon. That’s fine. Whatever it is, know your own body. If you don’t get enough sleep, after time, that voice will start to get really tired and it’s really a big pitfall for your voice. I want to make sure you get enough sleep. If you like this video, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. I’m Patrick Muñoz. Thanks for watching.
You’re working your way up on the corporate ladder! Leadership positions and opportunities are coming to you left and right. Are you vocally ready? In this podcast, I share with you three specific tools that will ensure your vocal and leadership success!
The volume of your voice is completely within your control. Some of you may be wondering, “Well, why do I speak so softly then?” In this podcast, I’ll ask you some questions to help unravel this vocal mystery!
You are a mumbler but you want to speak like Morgan Freeman. What do you do? In this video, I’m going to show you how to go from being a mumbler to speaking just like Morgan Freeman. Let’s get started. You’re a mumbler but you want to have a voice like Morgan Freeman who is known for having a wonderful, rich, authentic voice. What do you do? I’ll show you three simple techniques to learn how to sound just like Morgan Freeman. The first step is to find a good voice and speech coach or to do what Morgan Freeman did. He went to LA City College and he trained with a wonderful voice and speech coach that he talks about, who trained him how to use his voice.
He taught him how to place his voice, how to warm up his voice, how to have good diction by really saying every consonant and every word throughout the sentence, really understanding that diction, voice, voice placement are all teachable, learnable skills that you can improve in and that’s what he started to do. I encourage you to do the same thing, whether you come to me or another voice and speech coach or you do it on your own. Start to read out loud great literature, feel how it sounds in your mouth, how it feels as it comes out on your tongue and your lips, how it is to use your breath. Do that every day and your voice will start to get better. Do tongue twisters. Say them out loud starting slowly, going more quickly. Use any of the over 100 videos that I have out there for you where I show you how to really use and improve your voice. That’s the first step.
Number two, Morgan Freeman has a quality of authenticity. When you hear him, you believe him. He speaks from the heart. Any great actor or any great speaker has a voice of authenticity. How can you have that? Well, authenticity can so often times be strangled by tension. When we get tense, we get an excited way, we go too fast or we choke on our words, any of those things take away from your authenticity. That’s why I’m always encouraging you to try meditation, finding a way to calm the mind by doing breathing exercises, finding a way to deepen the breath and support the voice, by doing yoga, again, focusing on that breath and really using the whole body to support the voice. Anything that you can do to come from a centered, comfortable, relaxed place is going to help you come from your authentic voice.
Number three, what you can do is start to do what Morgan Freeman does. Very simple. He talks about it all the time. That is to yawn. Just by yawning, you relax the throat, you open the mouth, and you get the breath to support your voice. It’s a great way to relax your voice. Remember, that’s one of the qualities that I love in Morgan Freeman’s voice, is that quality of being relaxed. By yawning, by speaking from an authentic place, and by training your voice, you can have an authentic voice and, in its own way, will sound like Morgan Freeman because it’s truthful, it’s powerful, and it’s authentic. If you like this video, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.