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Ask Susan Boyle If We Are Not Judged the Moment We Walk on Stage!

Nancy Daniels, Voice Coach


Y
ou probably heard Susan Boyle sing last week for Britianís Got Talent, the British Islesí version of American Idol. How many people, however, judged her the moment she entered the stage? How many people made fun of her, laughed at her, and were waiting for her to fail? Far too many people.


Upon opening her mouth to sing, however, the tone, the amazement, and the appreciation of the audience changed dramatically in her favor.

Miss Boyle is a perfect example of why we should never judge a book by its cover, but her audience was a perfect example of why we are being judged by how we look.
Not only does this woman possess a marvelous instrument, but she showed amazing presence on stage. There are many talented voices, talented musicians and talented comedians who will never be able to make a career in their chosen field because they lack presence.

Do you have it?

You may think that it is your words that are going to move
You may think that it is your words that are going to move your audience one way or the other, but you are being judged by how you look.
your audience one way or the other. But you are being judged by how you look when you walk to the lectern as well as how you look when you acknowledge your audience. Walking with confidence and with your head held high, making eye contact with your listeners, and smiling have an incredible impact on what will follow after you open your mouth to speak.

Susan Boyle at Britians Got Talent


This impact does not just affect your audience. It effects you as well. The confidence you assume in your approach to the podium can help with the confidence you need in delivering your presentation or your speech effectively.

Public speakers are Ďheardí not only aurally but visually as well. Therefore, the picture you present before you even begin, Ďspeaksí volumes about you.

While your audience may not be as shallow as the people in attendance at Britianís Got Talent, audiences are still judgmental and the image you project can have a profound impact on your success in public speaking.
Unless you have a gift as Susan Boyle does, do not give your audience the chance to think negatively of your before you have even had a chance to begin.


Unless you have a gift as Susan Boyle does, do not give your audience the chance to think negatively of your before you have even had a chance to begin.




International Speaker and Voice Specialist, Nancy Daniels, has been involved in voice training since 1977. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in music, she discovered the techniques for improving the sound of the speaking voice while in graduate school at American University in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her guest speaking engagements, Nancy offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice training and public speaking skills throughout the United States and Canada. For those are unable to work with
her directly, there is Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement.



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