Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. Please Save Me from More Self-Help Books

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. Please Save Me from More Self-Help Books

Please Save Me from More Self-Help Books

I needed another self-help book like I needed another hair on my chin.

It started in college with Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Your Erroneous Zones, which I snagged from my father’s bookshelf, then M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled, recommended by my good friend, Valerie.

Since then, I have become an inspirational/spiritual book junkie. I really didn’t need another one.

Yet, there I was, in Soft Surroundings, www.softsurroundings.com, where I work a few hours most weeks (because it’s my favorite store and I get an amazing employee discount), picking up this book called YOU ARE A BADASS: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. https://jensincero.com/

I randomly opened up to page 103 and promptly started laughing out loud.

For me, one of the most exciting and on-purpose times in my life was when I was the singer-guitarist in a band called Crotch. I use the terms “singer,” “guitarist,” and “band,” all very loosely because we in Crotch weren’t concerned with things like learning to play our instruments or any of that snooty musicianship crap. We had bigger fish to fry, like talking in loud voices about our band and checking ourselves in plate glass windows as we walked by with guitars strapped to our backs.

Electric ones.

(My note: From there, Jen goes on to describe how she started Crotch with another emotionally needy, semi-musician named Paula, and how they eventually landed a demo deal with Columbia Records.)

Keep Being the Beginner

One of the best things about starting a band when you have no idea how to play your instrument is that you don’t care if you stink because you already know you do. Then once you learn how to play, you get all serious, you become overly critical and hard on yourself and don’t let yourself have nearly as much fun anymore. The trick is to let the Beginner live alongside the Expert, instead of pretending you don’t know who she is when she tries to sit with you and your new, cooler, more experienced friends in the cafeteria. The Beginner may be an idiot, but she knows how to party, and if you don’t let her play with you anymore, things risk getting droll around here. So hone your skills, take your craft seriously; learn what you need to learn; invest in yourself; practice your ass off; fall down; get up; keep going: get really really really good at what you do, but don’t lose the fun in the process.

There’s nothing as unstoppable as a freight train full of fuck-yeah. – Jen Sincero

I admit it…a couple years after I’d begun training with the Transformational Voice® Training Institute, my critic set in big time and I let the fun of singing leave me for a while. Carla (as I call my critic) and I have come to an agreement and singing is fun again, just like teaching!

Which makes me want to share a fun singing story. I was a little famous in my high school, part of a trio called “The Cadets.” Ruth, Lee Ann and I sang quite a bit of Andrew Sisters type music. After I moved to Oregon, I re-wrote the lyrics of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B to Santa’s Comin’ to Willamette Valley. I asked two other women, Marcia and Linda, to perform it with me in the SAIF Corporation Holiday Choir. That was ballsy! And great fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHFod5snl3M&feature=youtu.be

You do the same, will ya? Keep being the beginner, as Jen recommends, and let the expert befriend the beginner.

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

In only a few lessons with Laura, my voice quality improved tremendously, both for singing and speaking. I’m noticing more resonance, clarity, and range. Laura has a great ear, and her teaching and coaching style feels safe, friendly and professional. She is supportive and stretches me. Her acting, singing, and speaking backgrounds blend beautifully to support presence and confidence in her students, as well. I’m excited to continue studying with her, and highly recommend her if you want to improve your voice. -Cricket W.

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Laura

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. What I Wasn’t Planning to Write

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. What I Wasn’t Planning to Write

What I Wasn’t Planning to Write

Hello Friends,

Here’s me being raw and honest…I almost missed writing this post. I looked at my calendar and went “Whaa?…it’s time for a post?”

WHY did I almost miss it, you may ask? After all, Laura is usually pretty regular (laughingly not talking about toilet habits, which are also pretty regular, by the way) …

It’s because the on-line public speaking class I offered didn’t go anywhere.

I was bummed.

I had a good cry.

I read a lot of good fiction in bed with Lady Jane the Cat that weekend.

And after I got done crying and talked with other people, I realized the class is great – this just wasn’t the right time for it and I hadn’t yet reached the right people.

Here’s what went great.

My colleague, Katie, and I had two successful Speak Up! workshops – at a school in St. Helens and at Dress for Success in Portland. Awesomeness teaching piano at Lake Music. Working with my mastermind partner, Karen, and learning the tapping techniques of EFT. Walking outdoors, stretching indoors, having a chiro adjustment with Doc. Singing three different songs.

Whether in business or learning to most highly and effectively use your voice…there will always be ups and downs. The great thing about voice work is it helps with everything.

Humbly,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. Bring Your Inner Voice into the Outer World

Speaking/performing in public can mean different things to different people.

Yet one thing most people agree on is we want to make a connection – whether you’re the person on stage speaking or in the audience. We’re all in community, even if that community is virtual, on our laptops or pads.

The speaker wants to reach their audience, even if the speaker is nervous, and the audience wants the speaker to succeed; they want to be inspired, touched, informed, educated; otherwise, they wouldn’t be in the audience in the first place.

This is why I do what I do as a voice teacher.

My free webinar is coming up Friday already! I would love for you to join me and ask any questions have about your voice.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qqT5AHBzQJCBE2__jNTQlA

  • Beat performance anxiety
  • Overcome fear of public speaking
  • Kick your inner critic to the curb
  • Make your voice resonate and carry
  • Express your inner truth in your outer voice
  • And much more

The world needs your authentic truth, spoken in your authentic voice. Come join me on the journey.

Laura Handke, Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher

Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. Resonate with Resonance

Resonance is a quality you can cultivate in your voice, and with your audience!

Barbie and Ken think so, too. Take a look at this video for a demonstration.

To learn more, I invite you to my free webinar PS (for Public Speaking), Your Voice Could Be Better! 

  • Beat performance anxiety
  • Overcome fear of public speaking
  • Kick your inner critic to the curb
  • Make your voice resonate and carry
  • Express your inner truth in your outer voice
  • And much more

Here’s where you can register:

PS (for Public Speaking), Your Voice Could Be Better! Free Webinar 

Have fun with your voice and resonate!

Laura Handke, Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher

Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. Healthy Onsets to Avoid Vocal Cord Damage

Surgery to remove vocal polyps, as Adele had to endure, can be avoided by having healthy vocal onsets. Be careful not to push in your throat, and refrain from harsh onsets with vowel sounds – this is important for speakers and singers alike. Take a look at this video for a demonstration.

To learn more, I invite you to my free webinar PS (for Public Speaking), Your Voice Could Be Better! 

  • Beat performance anxiety
  • Overcome fear of public speaking
  • Kick your inner critic to the curb
  • Make your voice resonate and carry
  • Express your inner truth in your outer voice
  • And much more

Here’s where you can register:

PS (for Public Speaking), Your Voice Could Be Better! Free Webinar 

Have fun with your voice and treat your vocal cords nicely.

Laura Handke, Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher

Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice