Voice Activate

It was in last year when I was invited to give a seminar workshop at the Greenwich University by Professor Roger McDonald to under 100 student teachers who were about to embark on a teaching career. I thought It ironic that a person who has no teaching qualifications like myself was to give a lecture on how to deliver an effective lesson using singing, to teachers who were about to qualify. In my 20 plus years of experience, teaching children as little as 4 to coaching teams and organisations, I’ve discovered a connection between the two. Adults are just larger children. Adults and children express the same underlying fears, instincts and emotions, easier to see on children though; with an adult, however, you have to say a few more words before you can peel off the layers until you come to the real essence of the person.

In the workplace, people want to feel valued, celebrated and purposed, and if their job can allow them to experience one or more of these qualities, they are likely to stay around.

Using your voice in the right way can usher in these experience into your workplace. From working as a team member to giving one to one instructions to a colleague, the voice is a medium that can empower people to move forward or cause a standstill. This particular workshop was about understanding who you are and who is the voice behind the person. Singing is a type of communication very few people use in public, and on my journey with this group of amazing people, they were learning about their fears using singing and how to deal with our fears as a team. Here are some highlights from the session.

It was in last year when I was invited to give a seminar workshop at the Greenwich University by Professor Roger McDonald to under 100 student teachers who were about to embark on a teaching career. I thought It ironic that a person who has no teaching qualifications like myself was to give a lecture on how to deliver an effective lesson using singing, to teachers who were about to qualify. In my 20 plus years of experience, teaching children as little as 4 to coaching teams and organisations, I’ve discovered a connection between the two.  Adults are just larger children. Adults and children express the same underlying fears, instincts and emotions, easier to see on children though; with an adult, however, you have to say a few more words before you can peel off the layers until you come to the real essence of the person.

In the workplace, people want to feel valued, celebrated and purposed, and if their job can allow them to experience one or more of these qualities, they are likely to stay around.

Using your voice in the right way can usher in these experience into your workplace. From working as a team member to giving one to one instructions to a colleague, the voice is a medium that can empower people to move forward or cause a standstill. This particular workshop was about understanding who you are and who is the voice behind the person. Singing is a type of communication very few people use in public, and on my journey with this group of amazing people, they were learning about their fears using singing and how to deal with our fears as a team. Here are some highlights from the session.

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