Unlocking your authentic voice.
The Vocalics Technique has evolved from my long term involvement in theatre and the media, my training and practice in therapeutic voice-work and experience of working closely with executives, managers and, staff in corporate organisations and leading international charities and NGO’s.
Vocalics combines elements of Voice Movement Therapy, method acting techniques and mindfulness teachings, to create an innovative and effective approach to personal communication challenges.
It’s not about learning simple tricks and strategies. It is about enabling you to access those elements within yourself that will allow you to become a unique and effective communicator.
The Vocalics Technique centres on freeing the voice, the body and the mind, enabling your instinctive abilities to emerge and allowing you to reclaim your right to be seen and heard for who you really are.
Creator of the Vocalics Technique
We are all born communicators.
As newborns, our very survival depends upon our ability to get noticed, and we are very good at making our feelings known and getting what we need.
For many of us, as we become adults things change. In growing up, in our family dynamic, in education, we can lose the ability to use our voice to clearly express what we feel, or to get what we want.
Whilst problems with the sound, power and range of our voice may be due to some type of dysphonia – a physical disorder of the mouth tongue or vocal chords – it is most often psychologically based, perhaps linked to some past event or trauma. It may be because we simply feel silenced.
By working simultaneously with both the physical and psychological components of vocal expression, the Vocalics approach is designed to help you overcome problems with self expression that can hold you back in both your personal and professional life and prevent you from fully taking your place in the world.
Forget them. Gesture is genetic.
Interpersonal communication skills go beyond what we say or how we sound.
We have evolved to interpret the looks, moves and gestures of others, as either warning signs or clues to their intentions towards us. Others too are reading your gestures, your demeanour, your body language. This helps them to decide whether to trust you, whether they should believe what you are saying, and ultimately whether or nor they like you.
Whilst we need to be conscious of how we are presenting ourselves, too much self awareness can be debilitating, causing us to freeze and clam up, to appear awkward or sound contrived – creating a mismatch between mind, body and mouth! Yet our capacity to match our gestures with our words is actually hard wired into our DNA.
Neuroscience has discovered that an area of the human brain that is important for speech production – ‘the inferior frontal gyrus’ located in the lower portion of the left frontal lobe – is also active when we gesture with our hands and body. By allowing ourselves to move beyond the anguish of self-consciousness that can block our ability to let our gestures flow, we will allow others to experience us for who we really are – someone they can believe in, somebody they can trust.
The Vocalics Technique employs vocal and physical exercises, guided visualisations and meditation techniques designed to strengthen the marriage of mind and body and overcome the blocks and learnt responses that inhibit the full flowering of our potential.
Interview and Presentation Techniques
Only our facility to listen commands more respect than our ability to talk.
Prospective employers, colleagues and customers, respect and respond to the ‘soft’ skills – personal qualities, attitudes and social graces
In a 2018 LinkedIn survey of 2000 business leaders, 57% said that soft skills are more important than hard skills – those abilities that can be defined and measured. The skills that they would most like to see their employees learn are leadership, communication and collaboration. Whatever your expertise, it is your ability to communicate and work effectively with others that sets you apart.
Whether you’re out to impress at interview, be more effective in meetings, or to make memorable presentations – it is your ability to gain and hold the attention of others, to engage fully and to put them at their ease, that will make a lasting impression.
In the foreboding arena of the presentation theatre or conference hall, what’s required is a complete understanding of how to approach both your subject and your audience. From the images you use, to the words that you employ, from the way that you speak, to the way that you move, pause and breathe – an effective presentation combines knowledge of subject with knowledge of Self.
If you know what you’re talking about – together we’ll ensure that others will too. If you’re in the spotlight – Shine
I am currently offering vocalics sessions at venues in Nailsworth, Dursley and Wotton-Under-Edge.
About David Barker
David trained for three years at The East 15 Acting School, before graduating to work as an actor, director and playwright in theatre.
He studied Voice-Movement Therapy with its creator Paul Newham, and has worked extensively as a voice artist, director, editor and script writer in broadcast and corporate television.
He is a musician and performance poet.