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The Energetic Voice by Brittany Blomsterberg, MA

How many of you who have been diligent in building a powerful voice continue to experience less than ideal results?

Despite noticing a vast improvement in your physical voice following countless hours of vocal exercises & support, your numbers are not adequately reflecting your efforts?

Perhaps you are not equally strengthening the two primary voices– your Physical Voice and your Energetic Voice. It is more common to focus your time on strengthening the Physical Voice, enhancing your projection, volume, pronunciation, enunciation, etc.

What’s often ignored is the Energetic Voice, made up of your intention, integrity, and identity. Exercising the Energetic voice requires you to become introspective, asking yourself powerful questions & deepening your self-awareness.

To be most successful, the components of your Energetic Voice must be congruent with what is being articulated by your Physical Voice.

INTENTION

When it comes to an intention– whether you are giving a presentation to 5000 people, or setting a boundary with your spouse—yours will most likely be categorized in one of the following: what you can get or what you can give. Each intention influences the experience of your audience subconsciously (and sometimes consciously) through your Physical Voice.

Let’s say you have committed to a new business venture involving multi-level marketing (MLM), and are presenting to a potential addition to your team. You show up to the meeting with an intention to get: you want to build a passive income stream in order to make millions while you sleep, and this person serves as one cog in that wheel.

The minute your well-trained Physical Voice begins using successful selling strategies, expressing how amazing this opportunity would be for them, your Energetic Voice is saying the opposite: how amazing this opportunity for me if you joined the team.

Your Energetic Voice contains your True intention to get something. This will be felt by the receiver in some form of discomfort, even if they’re unconscious as to why they are feeling that way. So even if on the surface you sounded like a powerhouse, people will feel you before they hear you. This discomfort is a result of the incongruence between your intention and your words, leading the receiver to believe they are being sold to, and ultimately declining the offer.

While the probability of numbers speaks for itself that the more people you speak to, there will be some who come on board, wouldn’t you rather spend less time and effort with a much higher return?

Only when your intention falls into the category of giving (i.e. being genuinely satisfied to simply share an opportunity that could potentially improve someone’s life) will you experience ease as your numbers skyrocket. The congruency between your intention of giving and the articulation of what you are giving creates true rapport and immediate value, connecting the individual to you and inclining them to join.

INTEGRITY

Your intention is directly formulated by your values, and the integrity of which you abide by these values.

Using the same MLM situation, is this a product you believe in?

Do you support it?

Does it align with your values?

If you consider yourself a vegan and your product is meat-based, this incongruence will again be experienced by the receiver. Your Physical Voice may be crystal clear while the Energetic voice is subliminally sharing the Truth: that you do not believe in this product. Then why should they?

Let’s say the product itself is congruent with your values, but then you discover the product is faulty in some manner. Perhaps selling a product that does not do what it promises is not congruent with your values… then sharing it with others would be out of integrity. Your Energetic Voice will come through and will have a direct impact on the amount of leads you are able to convert.

You must be in integrity with your own beliefs & values or it will inevitably lead to a challenging road for you by creating distrust.

IDENTITY

Ultimately what shapes your intention and integrity are your beliefs about who you are: your identity.

Ask yourself:

Does this business venture or product feel like me?

Am I successful?

Do I have the potential to become successful?

What are my core values?

Who you believe you are is the foundation of your Energetic Voice.

Even though you may have become efficient and confident in your pitches, how you feel about yourself and your identity speaks in much higher volumes.

If deep down you do not believe you are an entrepreneur capable of success, or if you believe you are not a “salesman,” then during your conscious attempts to be successful (i.e., selling with your Physical Voice), your subconscious parts of you will self-sabotage (i.e., your Energetic Voice).

Your subconscious parts will do this because it is incongruent to who you believe yourself to be, and it seeks only to maintain that identity to alleviate its own discomfort.

THE POWER OF TWO

The Physical Voice and Energetic Voice are equally essential for effective communication and success. It is imperative that you take the time to build the muscles for each (literally and figuratively). Once your powerful Physical Voice is genuinely congruent with your intention, your integrity and your identity in your Energetic Voice, you will be unstoppable!

 

Brittany is a Spiritual Life Coach who specializes in Energetic Healing. After over ten years of formal education in Psychology, transitioning from Marriage and Family Therapy to Life Coaching, and immersing herself in the spiritual realm, she has created her own successful Holistic Healing practice that centers on a mind-body-spirit approach. Learn more about Brittany Blomsterberg here:

Website: www.brittanyblomsterberg.org
Instagram: www.instagram.com/brittany.blomsterberg/

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5 Public Speaking Mistakes You Don’t Know You Are Making!

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Today I want to talk to you about five mistakes you may be making when it comes to public speaking that you don’t even realize you’re doing. Now, at some point in our lives, all of us are going to have an opportunity to speak in public. Maybe you’re the founder and CEO of a company or you’re giving a toast at a wedding or you’re giving the findings of your research. Whatever it is, you’re going to stand up in front of a few or many people and talk to them and connect with them and move them in some way. The five mistakes that can get in the way of speaking are as follows.

Reading your speech. I’m going to read everything to you and I’m not going to look up or maybe I’ll look up once in a while. I’m going to read my speech to you. Don’t do that. If we’re going to have you up there on stage or in front of the group, we could just have the PDF be given out. We could just have you stand up there and show the PowerPoint. You’re up there to speak to the audience for a reason. You’re special. It’s your opportunity. You’re the messenger. You want to make sure that you’re talking to the audience, you’re not just hiding behind this material that you’re reading. It really goes to preparation. You’ve got to prepare before you go on stage. It’s so key. The best speakers in the world talk about how they’ve got everything prepared. They’ve practiced, practiced, and practiced some more. You want to be prepared and you don’t want to be stuck in reading this. You’re special. Your message is special. Allow yourself to share that message with your audience.

Number two, shifting weight. I’m shifting weight or I’m pacing back and forth, but I’m shifting weight as I talk. I want to tell everybody, you know, that I’m really happy to be up here and you guys are great. We’re shifting weight. Now, listen, all of us at some point, when we’re on stage have a bit of nerves. Even the speakers who have been up there for years have some nerves. Those nerves, those anxieties, start to come out in physical ways. One of them can be shifting your weight or pacing back and forth. It really detracts and distracts from your message. Plant yourself. What is the answer to nerves? Relaxation, breath. Physically plant yourself so you can be still and you can be connected. As I’ve said, often times, confidence is something that can be felt, that can be physically explored. If you act as if and you physically anchor yourself and you breathe and even though you might be nervous, you plant yourself, you’re going to start to build the self-fulfilling prophecy of confidence.

Number three would be monotone, just saying everything at the exact same level as you talk. I’m not really getting any louder. I’m not getting any softer. I’m not really changing the pace of my speech. I’m certainly not going up or down in my voice. Could you imagine that for two minutes, for 20 minutes, for an hour? We don’t want that. We can think of those times in our lives we’ve had maybe that professor who’s done that. We think, “I just can’t bear to sit in class for that amount of time and listen to that voice.” For you professors out there who feel that you have that voice, what is the answer? The answer is working on your voice. Remember, the voice is your instrument. You are your instrument. You can work on developing your voice, on developing your range, developing your presence. Voice, speech, presence are all improvable skills so work on that. Become a more dynamic speaker. I’m not saying that everybody has to be super dynamic. Perhaps you feel a little bit more like this rather than like this. In doing so, at least find the range that you can allow yourself to give to the audience because you are unique and you are special and it’s time for you to share with your audience yourself.

The fourth mistake is I have only one intention or I have no intention and the intention is just to get through my speech. I just want to be able to get through this because I was asked to be up here. I really don’t want to be up here so I’m just going to get through it. My intention is get me off the stage, get me off the stage, get me off the stage. That’s wrong. Intention. It’s all about intention. Listen, guys, if you have a strong intention, that’s going to feed you through your whole speech. If your intention is, which many of us tend to get when we get up in front of people, is I just want to get through this, that’s going to be the feeling or the tone of your speech. What you want to have is a strong intention. You want to maybe move your audience or you want to enlighten them. You want to educate them. You want to entertain them. Whatever it is, you have to have an intention so that everything else follows through, you actually change the audience’s thinking, feeling. Whatever that is, have a strong intention, which brings me to my fifth mistake.

The fifth big mistake is not connecting or moving the audience. That can really go back to number four, which is what’s my intention. Perhaps my intention is I want to really move the audience, I want to inspire them to give to this cause. I want to inspire them to take action. I want to share with them the findings of my research that I spent the last two months or two years working on. Move your audience. Connect with your audience. If you’re up there and you’re not really having any sort of movement between yourself and the audience, you’re just up there and you’re presenting but you kind of end energetically right here, you’re not doing something you could be doing, which is inspiring these people next to you, inspiring these people in front of you.
Being a public speaker, making a presentation, giving a toast, it’s an opportunity. It’s not something to be feared. It’s an opportunity. You can improve your skills in being the best public speaker ever and you can always get better. Those are five mistakes to avoid. It’s a little checklist you can form when you make your next speech. Look at those five tips. Make sure you do not make any of those major mistakes and you’re going to be on your way to being a great public speaker, giving great toasts, and giving great presentations. If you like this video, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.

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Help! I Can’t Be Heard!

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Do you find it hard to be heard in loud situations? You’re not alone! In this video, I offer three pro tips so that even in the loudest situations, your every word is heard.

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Mumbling? One Amazing Way to Sound Better When Speaking!

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So many of my clients come to me because they have difficulty being understood – they mumble. In this video, I share with you one super easy technique that will not only improve your speech, but will improve your mind as well! Check it out!

Transcript:

Hi, everybody. Today’s video is one amazing way to sound better when speaking. Read poetry out loud. Poetry is a wonderful way to strengthen your voice and to strengthen your speech. Here are four simple steps. First, find a poem, something short, something that you like, and start to read it out loud. For this video, I’ve chosen Invictus by William Ernest Henley. I chose it because I use it with many of my clients and also because it’s short, it has a commanding message, and I love what it has to say. Second, find a space to read this poetry out loud. Ideally, you could read it while you were in the mountains, shouting with a loud, large voice, or you could be at the ocean, saying it over the waves. In the meantime, you can say it in your car, find a space in your home, and read it out loud, which brings me to my third suggestion. Read it out loud. Say it over and over again for five minutes. Play with the words. Play with the sounds. Finally, fourth, record yourself. Listen back and see how you sound. Could you be bolder, bigger, brighter? Play with different personalities.

Let’s look at his poem, Invictus. It’s made up of four stanzas of four lines each. Let’s look at the last two lines, which I really think sums up its message. The lines are, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” Now, in today’s world, I simply could talk to my friend and say, “I’m the master of my fate, I’m the captain of my soul.” That’s fine. What about finding the true power there of its words, what William Ernest Henley was saying? “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” Say it out loud yourself and see how it makes you feel. Look at those words, to be the master of your fate. It’s pretty strong idea. I am the master of my fate. Secondly, let’s look at the sounds themselves. That first vowel sound, I, is a diphthong that starts with the ah and moves into the E, which is a great way to warm up your voice. Let that breath drop into your belly. Let your mouth open more than you’re used to and speak out I and feel it fill the room. “I am the master of my fate.” Then you hear that word “fate” with that strong T ending. Speak it out loud. Play with it. “I am the master of my fate.”

The final line, “I am the captain of my soul.” Strong images. What is it like to be the captain? The captain of a ship, you’re in control, in charge of conveying a message, of leading your team. What is it like to talk about your soul, who you are at the very depth of your being? “I am the captain of my soul.” Speak those words out loud. See how it makes you feel. Poetry will not only grow your voice, it will grow your attention. It will grow the way you feel about the world. Try this on your own. It’s fun. It’s free. Of course, you can always talk to one of your friends or a voice coach and get some good feedback. In the meantime, it’s your own private practice helping you grow your voice and be the strong speaker you are and can be. If you like this video, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.

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Ask Patrick! A New Way To Get Answers From a Voice Coach

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I’m so excited about a new feature on my website. It’s called Ask Patrick: http://patrickmunoz.com/ask/

Transcript

Ask Patrick
1.What are the best exercises to improve & maintain good posture…
Posture is so important in the production of the voice, also in looking confident and standing
confident, and maintaining a healthy body throughout your whole life. Two good exercises I
recommend: First, the floor exercise. Lie on the floor, with your knees bent, feet on the floor,
and just feel yourself sinking into the floor, relaxing into it. When you’re there, notice your
breath coming in naturally, your stomach going up on the inhalation and down on the
exhalation, because that’s what happens when you’re naturally relaxed and breathing. Notice
how your spine is connected to the floor. Imagine there is space between each of the
vertebrae. Then do a very simple exercise, and just free your neck by moving your head from
side to side. That’s the first exercise.
Then, the standing exercise. When you’re standing, I want you to notice where you’re standing,
where you’re putting the weight on your feet. Play with that. Go a little bit forward on your feet,
then a little farther back and feel your weight on your heels. Notice what it is like when your
weight is in between those two places, evenly distributed between your toes, heels and your
arches. Next, imagine a string coming from the very top of your skull. Relax your face and your
jaw. Notice the spine elongating. Feel that freedom. Feel that sense of space you have between
each of the vertebra. Now imagine there is a little balloon under each of your pits. Finally,
imagine there is a string coming from the base of your sternum, pulling out toward the center of
the room. As you do this, soften. Relax. Feel yourself full, tall, expanded and soft at the same
time.
2. I’m a student a the Beverly Hills…
It really depends on you and how you feel you learn best. Some of my students like to work on
their own. They study with my book, work through the exercises one sound at a time, and that
works well for them. They record themselves, and this helps them to train their ears and their
speech. If you do this, I do recommend seeking the assistance of a professional voice coach to
gain some feedback on what they are hearing.
Group classes are also a great option, especially when it comes to corporate coaching. If
you’re interested in accent training, it’s good because you get to hear other accents, and that
can be beneficial. Sometimes, it can be a bit slow in the process because you’re not getting
enough individualized attention. It’s a great way to start, though!
I recommend one-on-one coaching the most. It’s the best use of your time because you get
individualized coaching with specific feedback.
For rates, please email me.
3.Do you have any workshops or classes scheduled…
I have and do coach two people at a time. I feel this can be very beneficial when the two have
similar goals. It’s great because you get to hear one another and be a support team for one
another.
4. Trembling voice…
Great news! Getting over a trembling voice is so much easier than getting over a trembling
body. By really breathing and exercising your voice, you can overcome this. It’s only when
people aren’t really using their voice, and perhaps they are speaking from their throats, that the
voice starts to tremble. You gain control over this when you use your breath. Slow down and
sound out your words. Make this part of your voice routine.
5. Best thing under 1 minute…
Come up with a mantra for yourself. It can change from presentation to presentation, whatever
works for you. Say this phrase to yourself silently over and over again before you go up so you
can be in sort of a meditative state and ready for action when it is your time to speak. When I
used to teach acting classes, I would use, “Let’s go make them the best they can be!” Pick
what works for you and do this to help energize yourself for action.

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A Guided Meditation Into Complete Body Relaxation

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In this video, I am going to lead you through a guided meditation into complete body relaxation. Before you start, I want to make sure you find a quiet space, have your headphones ready and be prepared to relax. Press play and let go.

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