February 2017


How do you Motivate people to sing?

In most environments self motivation is a vehicle which is often seldom discussed. In my 20+ years of teaching in different working environments, I find you can tell straight off the bat if a company is motivated to succeed, achieve or accomplish something just by the tone of their voices.

Enthusiasm is an agent that travels through the tone of our voice when asked a question, task or even when making a
statement. Enthusiasm is detected through the undulation of pitch and dynamics of our voices. These variables are often used to reflect the emotional state of a person.

For example:

If you were to ask a crowd of individuals to say “Yes please” to receive £1,000,000 this instant? People would be competing for airspace just to be heard, all sorts of noisy and high-sounding rampant answers would follow your question. The above question is the cause of one of two motivational factors:

1. Push factor
2. Pull factor

We can positively agree that the ‘million pounds’ question was a huge pull factor for giving such an enthusiastic response.

The ‘million pounds’ question opens up a deeper question. Are we using enthusiasm (the fuel) to give us motivation (motion) in our daily lives both at work and play?

By the way, motivation is not driven (no pun intended) by skills we possess or how well we think we can complete a task or a goal; motivation is the ability to see in the future, the pleasure of fulfilling a goal, even though satisfaction is not present in your current status.

The answer to how we motivate people to sing is simple we sing well-known songs. People instantly relate to well-known song and immediately hear the end result of their favourite song in their head and are motivated to match that ideal using their mind and ultimately their voice.

In our workshops, we inspire people to motivate themselves through the activity of singing. Singing with a group of
individuals is one of the best ways to find your voice and your motivation. In our singing workshops, you will have the opportunity activate your creativity sometimes spontaneously. When singing in a safe, fun environment, the
achievements can be of great satisfaction to all those who participate.

People who attend Voice Activate Team Building Singing Workshops are always motivated to try step out of their ‘comfort zone,’ their self-esteem improves, their confidence rises, and they instantly acknowledge they can achieve something new. And it never ceases to amaze me how infectious this enthusiasm spreads, other people that are
singing with you also Recognise this achievement, invariably they feed on this buzz, and before the song is over this infection spreads across the room.

Find out how we can motivate your company.


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Three reasons why your child cannot tell the time

Learning to tell the time can be one of the most confusing tasks child have to learn. And if you imagine you didn’t know how to tell the time it is quite a confusing process.

Telling the time was created in a time where the process of logic was not fully tested when developing the concept of a watch or a clock.

Here are three reasons why learning to tell the time can be a minefield.

1. There are three different hands on the clock

I always remembered this sketch from when I was a child performed by David Allen ‘Teaching your children how to tell the time’ (when you have the time watch the whole sketch, it will have you in stitches!). Pay attention to his conversation with his imaginary child as he is explaining the different hands on the clock. The descriptions of the hands of the clock completely contradict the function of the hand that follows it. Three different hands on the clock means that a person has to learn how to function in three different measurements at the same time. it’s like telling a child to drink three different beverages from three different cups!

Dave Allen – “Teaching Your Kid Time” – ’93

Dave Allen – 'Teaching Your Kid Time' – '93 – stereo HQ from Clinton Jordan on Vimeo.

2. Children Live in the Digital Age

From smart phone to ipad, laptop to car clock, we are surrounded by many digital representations of the clock or watch. When the idea of the clock was conceived critical thinking was not as refined as it is today. Children are forced to learn analogue thinking in an information age. It’s no wonder children find it hard to convert their thinking from a analogue clock face to a digital one, look at the differences between analogue and digital thinking:

Digital Analogue
Numbers are presented in size order (largest to smallest) i.e. Hours, minutes, seconds, 3 independent arms which we call ‘hands’.
There different scales on the clock face
1.Measure minutes and seconds
2.Measure up to 12in
addition to this there measurement markers in patterns of 5
Digital format displays 24 hours in the day The12 hour dial represents 2 sets of 12 hours mid day and mid night (24 hours in a day)
Digital clock uses number sequence Analogue clock is divided into Past tense and future tense


3. Children do not have a concept of time.

“ You’ve got 24hrs to live!”, “She’s on in five”, “I’ll be there in a minute” are all famous phrases concerning the measurement of time. Young children have freedom not to be accountable to time until they are accountable to an institution like school for example. When the importance of marking time with a noteworthy occasion is implemented, children then start to pay attention to the indicators for example everyones favourite occasion, LUNCHTIME! Studies have shown that when the occasion is made attractive people pay a closer attention not only to the time of the occasion, but to the time leading up to it.

Let us know if these reasons make you tick 😉 Please share your ideas why you think children can’t tell the time we would love to hear!

In the meantime CLICK HERE if you want your children to learn how to tell the time.
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Out of the ‘Comfort Zone’ – X Warsztaty Siepraw Gospel 2016 – Schowaj mnie

At least once a year I go to Poland and teach a choir of approximately 250 strong for a weekend. Two other choir tutors and I teach ten songs in English and perform in front of a live audience this is all done in under two days!

As they say, there’s nothing like a bit of pressure to bring people together. Well, this year the choir decided to turn the tables on us, setting the challenge for the tutors to sing the lead part of the song IN POLISH! I had three times to get right, and this is what we created. Bum notes aside (from me that is) I do believe it was a moment, it goes to show you never know until you try something new. Hope you enjoy!

Thank you!

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