The 5 Minute Warmup for your voice
and the Four Core Skills that will make the difference
Do you use your voice for more than 5 hours a day?
Does your job rely on your communication skills?
Do you have any training to care for your voice?
If you use your voice to present, teach, lecture and inform,
either in public or on the telephone, for more than 5 hours a day, you're a
professional voice user! Yet you may have had no training in how to keep your
own speaking voice healthy and efficient. According to the British Voice
Association, "approximately a third of people working in the UK today
depend on their voices to do their work".
Back in the 1970s, Psychologist Albert Mehrabian discovered
that there were three ways that listeners measured communication from others -
words, voice and nonverbal behaviour. He updated this in the 1980s to the
Total Liking = 7% Verbal Liking + 38% Vocal Liking + 55%
So a whopping 38% of the effectiveness of your communication
is measured by how much your listener likes your voice.
Can you afford to lose 38% of your effectiveness in
communicating your message? (And if you're on the telephone, the number is even
higher.) Imagine how much easier your life would be if people "got"
what you were saying more easily.
The 5 Minute Warmup For Your Voice is the first CD from the
groundbreaking company Vocal Process that shows you step by step how to warm up
and improve your speaking voice quickly and safely.
Launched on World Voice Day, the 5 Minute Warmup For Your
Voice uses words, pictures and audio soundbytes to take you in detail through
Four Core Skills for vocal health and stamina, ending in a simple, highly
effective 5 Minute Warmup Routine. This Routine is already being used in 17
countries including the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, Sweden, France, The
Netherlands, and of course the UK.
We've created the Four Core Skills to help you get the best
out of your voice: accurate, simple, practical techniques for staying vocally
fit, healthy and effective.
Learn the Four Core Skills, then just run the 5 Minute
Warmup Routine - in the car on the way to work, when you arrive at the new
presentation venue, or during the lunch break if your voice is feeling tired.
You can also take each of the Four Core Skills separately and work them for a
minute - between phonecalls, between clients, between ceremonies.
WHAT ARE THE FOUR CORE SKILLS?
CORE SKILL 1: Breathing
Breathing is the number one Core Skill. Breath powers your
voice. Use your breath efficiently and you will use your voice more
efficiently. You need breath to come in easily without too much effort, and to
go out as an efficient stream of air.
Do you get nervous when you have to speak in front of
- A good breathing technique can also help calm any nerves, gives you stamina,
and enables you to focus on the task in hand.
The most effective form of breathing is known as
"diaphragmatic breathing". In the first Core Skill you will learn how
to use your abdominal wall as a gentle bellows underneath the diaphragm to
support your sound.
Learn how to feed air to your voice and relax your abdomen
to get breath deep into your lungs.
CORE SKILL 2: Opening your throat
Does your voice feel tight?
Do you find you're having to clear your throat a lot, even when there's
Is your voice raspy?
A wide open throat gives warmth, depth and vibrancy to your
sound, and gives you more vocal stamina.
The quickest way to control the width in your throat is to
do our simple, rather unusual exercise, which has been used by professional
singers for decades.
Vocal folds need space to move - opening your throat just above the vocal folds
gives them more space and resonate more efficiently, and gives you a clearer,
stronger and easier sound.
If you're using a microphone, either on stage or on the
telephone, this technique will give you the clearest vocal signal and make your
voice understandable to the most people. Microphones only amplify what's put
into them - the microphone won't make your voice sound better, only louder!
This technique is so important that we've even created an
entire DVD (the first of its kind).
"I've experienced a huge improvement in my voice
already! I had a minor vocal injury that had put my in a downward spiral of
trying to 'protect' my voice and many other books that just say 'relax' the
larynx was just making me worse. This is the first system that has taught me
how to actively and precisely release. Can't wait to dig into the rest!"
MM, singer Washington, US
CORE SKILL 3 - Jaw, tongue and lips
Core Skill 3 will give you 3 simple steps to clearer speech.
We use our "articulators", jaw, tongue and lips, to speak and
communicate. But are you working your articulators too hard? This can throw
your voice into bad habits and cause unnecessary tension and strain. This Core
Skill will not change your accent but will give you an easier, less tense
And if you don't work each articulator separately, your
speech will be unclear. By moving your tongue, jaw and lips individually, you
use just the right amount of energy for clear speech, and your listeners will
understand better what you have to say.
CORE SKILL 4 - The Voice-Body Connection
Your voice lives in your body and is controlled by your
brain. "Get connected" with this two-part Core Skill!
Alignment: Learn how to position your head and neck for an
easy, resonant sound. This works standing up or sitting down, with or without a
microphone, at the computer, on the telephone or in the boardroom.
Co-ordination: Use a simple body-brain coordination
technique to get switched on and wired up. This physical warmup technique helps
you to think on the spot and say what you mean!
And we haven't even talked about the bonus yet!
The 5 Minute Warmup For Your Voice CD contains a great bonus
The 10 Second Voice Check
This is the fast (it's genuinely 10 seconds long) and
efficient (Jeremy and Gillyanne use it themselves when they are presenting for
10 hours a day) little routine to make sure your voice is healthy, efficient
and ready to go.
We're going to say no more about it, but check it out when
you've listened to the 5 Minute Warmup For Your Voice - it'll make sense!
The Four Core Skills are the essential techniques for finding and maintaining an efficient and effective voice.
But don't take our word for it...
We took these Core Skills to the Microsoft Headquarters in the UK to work with Microsoft's Premier Field Engineers, who give presentations and lectures regularly around the world. Here's what they thought about the Core Skills and the training day:
"The feedback we have received about the course is outstanding"
"Practical exercises that address the issues - I have simple things to remember".
"Great tutors, highly recommended"
"Would recommend to everyone in PFE as we're all customer facing"
"A great course and recommend to everyone"
"All in all, one of the best personal skills courses that I've been on"
And some longer comments:
"I found that I really enjoyed the day as it progressed and I found the insights very valuable. I was teaching the following few days, and have done a few deliveries since and it has made me much more aware of my vocal skills and more importantly my range."
"For my part I thought it was an excellent course, delivered in a very accessible manner. I thought they handled the comfort zone issues very well I never once felt that I had to force myself to do some of the exercises (individual or group) despite being well outside my comfort zone much of the time."
"Overall this has had a positive effect on my presentation skills and reduced the stress on my vocal folds. If my throat hurts I can now do something to address it, so a completely converted thumbs up from me"
And our CSAT scores for the training we gave (based on averages and with a maximum value of 5.0) gave us 5.0 (full marks) on "the course was worth the investment of my time" and "The instructor was knowledgeable about the subject matter".
SO WHO ARE WE?
We are Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes, owners and directors of the internationally renowned voice training company Vocal Process. Vocal Process is dedicated to healthy, efficient, practical voice use. We've been professional vocal trainers for more than 25 years each, and we regularly present and lecture for up to 10 hours a day. We know that when you're speaking with people you don't want to have to think about complicated voice techniques.
We've created downloads, DVDs and CDs for the worldwide voice community, and our resources have been seen and heard by more than 44,000,000 people worldwide (BBC figures). We're published authors on healthy and efficient voice use, and have worked all over the world, personally teaching simple, profound techniques to literally thousands of speakers, singers and performers. In fact, narrator Jeremy's vocal folds are featured as the picture of healthy voice on the British Voice Association website and leaflet.
The 5 Minute Warmup For Your Voice is packed with instructions, pictures and
soundfiles for the most complete learning experience. Each of the Four Core
Skills come with detailed instructions and demonstrations, and a userfriendly
index that enables you to pick and choose the skills you need, or revise each
technique individually. And the package ends with the complete Warmup Routine
in a 5 Minute track.
This groundbreaking new resource was launched on World Voice
Day - and is now available worldwide as a CD.
How much is your vocal health worth to you?
If you want to join the vocal health revolution, and improve
your communication into the bargain, add the 5 Minute Warmup For Your Voice CD
to your cart now!
Jeremy and Gillyanne
PS Once you've listened to the Four Core Skills you can just
run the 5 Minute Vocal Warmup Routine before you get to work, or in your lunch
break for optimum vocal health.
PPS And don't forget the bonus track - the 10 Second Voice
Check. Whenever you're about to speak in public or to an important client on
the telephone, use the 10 Second Voice Check to discover how efficient your
voice is - it's the exercise that Jeremy and Gillyanne use themselves all the
To your continued vocal health