Authentic: genuine, sincere; accurate in representation of the facts; truthful; trustworthy in intentions and commitments; not a copy or forgery. From the Greek authentes, one who acts independently, from auto (acting from within), and hentes (a doer).
What’s in a voice?
Socrates famously wrote: “Speak, that I may see you.” The ancient Greeks believed that a person was created ‘per sona’, through sound and vibration. Through our voices, others instantly create a mental image of who we are, what we are feeling, and even what we stand for. Our vocal ‘signature’ – like our personality – is as unique as our fingerprint or DNA.
Work on voice as a physical instrument must happen in parallel with understanding voice as an expression of self. We also need to relate the learning to specific situations in our own work and life. Voicework is not about inventing a voice, but about discovering a sound and way of communicating that is an authentic expression of us, us at our best.
An authentic voice communicates clearly, compellingly and respectfully what is most important. It is compassionate, honest and exciting. An authentic voice has passion, and leads with quiet strength. It is a voice that others trust, because it is trust-worthy. Read more ›
When I met Geoff Bellman, I was struck by what a nice and wise man he was. This is an excerpt from one his books: Geoffrey Bellman (2002) The Consultant’s Calling: bringing who you are to what you do, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, ISBN 0-7879-5847-6, pp.68-70 Read more ›
Feelings provide us with helpful information
Feelings (emotions) give us important information about ourselves. They tell us when our needs are being met, and when they are not. Feelings don’t in themselves tell us what our needs are, but they do provide valuable clues. And once we know what we need, we have a better chance of finding a strategy to get that need met. A fruitful way of getting our needs met is to a) identify the feelings, b) use the feelings as clues to understand what needs are not being met, c) devise strategies that are most likely to get those needs met. This distinction between feelings, needs and strategies is a core component of Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication. Read more ›
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