Reflections

Poetic. Practical. Quirky

Braving the Unknown

Braving the Unknown

It was 2008 and I was 3/4 of the way through Fitzmaurice Voicework training with lots of experienced theatre voice instructors from around the world. As a fellow teacher-in-training coached someone on a Shakespeare monologue, I sat in the corner thinking, “I can’t...

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Vocal Health Tips for Flu Season

Vocal Health Tips for Flu Season

Have you ever struggled with how to care for your voice when you get sick? Watch this Video (originally recorded live) to learn a few helpful tips. That way you can stop struggling, rest, and get better while protecting your instrument - YOU!...

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Find your treasure

Find your treasure

So many people avoid public speaking like the plague. They quote Seinfeld: “People fear public speaking more than death!” They make excuses to themselves. They ignore their inner knowing. I feel deeply for them. My heart breaks at what they (and the world) are...

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Empath Speaking Superpowers

Empath Speaking Superpowers

Are you a sensitive soul who sometimes finds yourself swimming in the feelings of other people? Have you been told that you’re “too sensitive?” Do you avoid sharing your message because you’re afraid you’ll get emotional if you do speak? If so, this one’s for...

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Own Your Weird

Own Your Weird

I spent so much time and energy trying to pretend to be what I thought people wanted me to be in order to "fit in." One day I realized, no one was even asking me to do that anymore. The more we do it, the easier it gets to own the weird. And it's liberating to let the...

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Trust the Silence

Trust the Silence

"Never assume the song is gone because it’s found its source in silence."Mark Nepo Our world is full of constant stimulation. We spend hours every day on our iPhones (sometimes even when there’s a real, live person right there in front of us). When it comes to...

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Speaking Below the Water line

Speaking Below the Water line

Some parts of a speaker's improvement are on the surface and easy to spot. But the juicy stuff - the kind that creates true and lasting transformation - happens through deep work beneath the surface. Watch this video to learn about Speaking Below the Waterline....

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Honor Your Way

Honor Your Way

At the beginning of my teaching career, I tried my best to do it like “them.” I copied my mentors. I mimicked my colleagues. Meanwhile, my Soul whispered to me from inside: “Honor your way.” Every once in a while, I listened, and my way felt soooo good. Like a secret...

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speaking is a Spiritual Practice

speaking is a Spiritual Practice

A few years ago, a workshop participant described his journey during our work together as going through a kind of "spiritual puberty." In that moment it dawned on me that speaking is a spiritual practice. If we choose it, it can be one of the most powerful spiritual...

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