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Pro Speaker Tips: How to Be Natural

Are you a speaker who is working to improve your public speaking skills? Are you a YouTuber who wants to improve your improvised speaking skills? In this video I explain the difference between two opposite styles of speech: ‘Perfect Speech’ and ‘Flow Speech’. By following my speaking tips, you will become a more authentic and naturally expressive speaker.

I address the following questions: How important is it to speak clearly when presenting? What’s the reason that some speakers speak slowly and robotically? What are the downsides of speaking too perfectly?

Should You Change Your Voice to Be More Attractive?

My voice tips were featured on ‘The Doctors’ show which is one of the biggest daytime TV shows in the USA. They discussed the question of whether you should change your voice to be more attractive, using my Kylie Jenner seductive voice video as their example.

Here’s the full version with tips to get an attractive voice:

The Witches of Macbeth

The famous scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth where the witches stir up a potion (Act 4, Scene 1): ‘Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble’. My version is not the original text of Shakespeare’s play; it is a slight adaptation of Roman Polanski’s film version (1971).

The witches of Macbeth are supposed to evoke a strong sense of disgust in us. Since the witches are ‘low characters’ in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, I have chosen not to speak in clear ‘Shakespearean English’ to deliver these lines.

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Macbeth / Roman Polanski Witches Script:

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes

Hahahaha!

[how now you secret, black and midnight hags – what is to do!]

A deed without a name

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights had thirty-one

Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charm’ed pot.

Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,

Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,

Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
Severed in the moon’s eclipse

Fillet of a fenny snake,
Into the cauldron boil and bake;

Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

‘Ulalume’ By Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Alan Poe’s ‘Ulalume: A Ballad’ — my voice performance. ‘Ulalume’ is a poem about a ghostly October journey In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.

How to Become an Accent Expert

My insider secret to becoming an Accent Expert (I PROBABLY SHOULDN’T TELL YOU THIS!).

Are you working to improve your accent and overall speaking style? In this video I share with you the technique that I have used since I was a child in order to develop my close listening ability. If you want to improve your accent, then it’s essential that you hone your close listening skills, or else you cannot identify nor reproduce small parts of sound. By practising this technique you will build up your practical knowledge of how different sounds are made with the tongue. Do this for many years and you will become an accent and pronunciation expert — like me!

Info about my Clear Accent course: CLICK HERE.

“How to Bag Yourself a Prince”

I was in the Daily Mail today regarding my Meghan Markle video…


How Meghan Markle’s ‘high-energy’ VOICE attracted ‘rebel’ Prince Harry according to a speaking coach (who says she’s the opposite of his Sloane Ranger ex-girlfriends)

  • Voice coach Jade Joddle, from London, says Meghan’s voice is ‘high energy’ 
  • Claims the Suits actress is the opposite of his ‘lackadaisical’ Sloane Ranger exes 
  • Joddle also suggests the Queen will not like Meghan’s speaking style
  • Meghan is described as the opposite of ‘poised’ Duchess of Cambridge 

A speech expert has revealed how it may have been Meghan Markle’s voice that first attracted Prince Harry.

Voice coach Jade Joddle, 31, from London, also suggests that the Queen may not approve of Meghan’s and Harry’s relationship – and much prefers the Duchess of Cambridge’s speaking style.

Jade has become a YouTube hit with her videos which analyse famous voices and her channels have amassed nearly 39 million views.

And Jade says we can all learn tricks to be more attractive like Meghan by improving your speaking style – using simple tips like connecting with your eyes and even eating certain foods.

Describing the possible future princess’ voice, Jade explains: ‘When Meghan speaks, she is super expressive. She wants to connect with her eyes and she conveys feelings through speech, tone and her face.

‘Through her overall speaking style, Meghan also comes across as sassy and fun. She speaks fast and with charisma, so she’s someone who captures your attention with her voice.

‘We enjoy watching people who speak like that and that’s probably what makes Meghan a successful actress.

‘Their faces are constantly drawing us in and showing us what they feel. People who speak like Meghan usually have a lot of social power and people want to know and be friends with them.

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Meghan Markle’s Voice and Speech

How Meghan Markle speaks: A description of her voice and speaking style. Based on how Meghan Markle speaks, will the Queen like her and approve of her relationship with Prince Harry? Are we likely to hear wedding bells for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and is she likely to join The Royal Family in the future?

The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles

Voice acting to tell you ‘The Story of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles’ by Jethro Tull. The accent I am speaking in is a mixture of Northern English dialects combined with voice acting/theatrical emphasis. This one might be hard for you to understand if you are not a native speaker of English, therefore this performance has subtitles/captions enabled.

Lyrics to ‘The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles’

Owl loved to rest quietly whilst no one was watching
Sitting on a fence one day, he was surprised when suddenly a kangaroo ran close by
Now this may not seem strange, but when Owl overheard Kangaroo whisper to no one in particular,”The hare has lost his spectacles,” well, he began to wonder…

Presently, the moon appeared from behind a cloud and there, lying on the grass was hare
In the stream that flowed by the grass a newt
And sitting astride a twig of a bush a bee
Ostensibly motionless, the hare was trembling with excitement
For without his spectacles he appeared completely helpless
Where were his spectacles? Could someone have stolen them?
Had he mislaid them? What was he to do?
Bee wanted to help, and thinking he had the answer began:
“You probably ate them thinking they were a carrot.”
“No!” interrupted Owl, who was wise
“I have good eye-sight, insight, and foresight
How could an intelligent hare make such a silly mistake?”
But all this time, Owl had been sitting on the fence, scowling!
A Kangaroo were hopping mad at this sort of talk
She thought herself far superior in intelligence to the others
She was their leader, their guru. She had the answer:
“Hare, you must go in search of the optician.”
But then she realized that Hare was completely helpless without his spectacles
And so, Kangaroo loudly proclaimed, “I can’t send Hare in search of anything!”
“You can guru, you can!” shouted Newt
“You can send him with Owl.”
But Owl had gone to sleep
Newt knew too much to be stopped by so small a problem
“You can take him in your pouch.”
But alas, Hare was much too big to fit into Kangaroo’s pouch
All this time, it had been quite plain to hare that the others knew nothing about spectacles

As for all their tempting ideas, well Hare didn’t care
The lost spectacles were his own affair
And after all, Hare did have a spare a-pair.

Some Feedback About My Accent Course

Eduardo from Spain wrote with some feedback about my Clear Accent course:

“Just a few lines to thank you for your advice. I started your course “Clear up your Accent” a couple of weeks ago. I was already familiar with the IPA and so on, but I must say that all the exercises and lectures you provide us with are being really helpful, and reviewing all the sound is making my speech much clearer. I’ve also started modelling Stephen Fry, cutting his speeches up in shorter chunks and recording myself to compare it with the original. It’s hard work, but I’m loving it!! So, thanks again! You’re a great coach!!!”

Do you speak English too slowly?

Speed up your English by learning relaxed pronunciation. I will teach you how to say questions with ‘do’ and ‘did’ in a natural, flowing way. The secret to speaking fast is that there are no clear word boundaries. Whole syllables may be missed completely (“elision”), individual sounds may change (“assimilation”), or completely new sounds may appear (“intrusion”). No matter whether you are a beginner or an advanced speaker of English, I’ll break down the pronunciation for you in the clearest possible way. I’ll also teach you a little IPA (the International Phonetic Alphabet), so that you can be sure that you are saying each question phrase perfectly. Learn to say all the question phrases in this lesson and you will speak fast — like a native speaker of English.

Accent Training Secrets — How to Improve Your Accent

My biggest speech training secrets revealed: How to improve your accent or speech via self-training. This is the accent and speech training method that is used in my accent training course and is also the method I follow when I want to teach myself a new style of speech. Follow this method and you will achieve results that improve your overall speech clarity and confidence when speaking. The same method applies to native speakers as well as non-native speakers of English.

Chinese Accent Speaking Problems in English

My thoughts on the speech and accent problems some Chinese people encounter when they learn to speak English. Also, telling you a little about myself as a teacher and why I am motivated to help people who have speech problems.

In summary, as a teacher I serve people who are aware of their speech problems and who need extra support so that they can stop struggling in their daily life due to miscommunication.

Practice ‘To be or not to be’ (Shakespeare)

I read Hamlet’s famous soliloquy ‘To BE or not TO BE’. In this speech Hamlet is contemplating the pain of life — is it worse than death itself?

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.

Voice Tips for Recording Audio with a Clear Voice

Voice recording tips: how to get a more professional and clear result from your voice when you record.

“Floppy, gloopy voice” is when the voice sounds disharmonious and the tones of your voice are out of tune. It can sound mucusy and the transition between the tones will sound off key. There may also be the sensation of the voice getting stuck. I explain how to avoid having an unclear voice in your audio recordings. Follow this advice to make your voice sound at its best next time you record. This video also explains what causes the voice to sound stuck and disharmonious and the people it tends to affect most.