For Media Personalities ~ Voice Training to upgrade your Professional Image
If you appear on television, radio, in video or on the internet ...
Pure Voice Power Speech & Voice coaching is an excellent investment for you. YOU are your biggest asset.
Your personality and how you communicate tells the world who you are, what you do, and how well you do it. It's everything. People watch and listen to you so it's essential that your strengths are highlighted.
Sports Celebrity Study
The contents of this page and its Sports Celebrity Study are the sole personal opinion of the author, Katherine Thompson. (2012)
Here’s an example of an athlete who would benefit from speech and voice training.
If you don’t know who Michael Phelps is, I’d like to recap his incredible list of accomplishments for you here: Olympic gold medal winner and swimmer, Michael Phelps was born in 1985. Michael won six gold medals and two bronze medals at the 2004 summer Olympic games in Athens. He is a 13-time world record holder, a 3-time Olympic record holder, 18-time American record holder, 5 time world champion, owns 20 National U.S. titles, is the 2001 & 2003 USA swimmer of the year, and the list goes on. He has been on the cover of magazines, appeared on talk shows, and has gained true celebrity status. He is being watched more than ever before in his life.
Michael appeared on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, which aired Oct. 4, 2004. The first thing Jay asked him was to run down the list of medals he had won at the 2004 Olympics.
Michael kind of sighed, rolled his eyes and implied something like “OK. Here we go again.” He quickly ran down the list all the medals and what they were for. I could barely understand a word he said. In fact, the only word I understood in that 15 second description was the word “bronze”. All other words were slurred, rushed, monotone and unintelligible. This young man is a world champion! He’s the best swimmer out of all of the billions of people in the world.
I cannot imagine all the years of conditioning, training, competing, preparing, toning, studying, and everything it took him to arrive at this pinnacle. And yet, the person we see on one of the most popular talk shows in the world (although he is charming and personable) speaks with no strength. There were no end consonants on any of his words as I listened for them, and the sound of his voice was garbled in the back of his throat. It seemed as if he were lazy in his speech, or as if he didn’t care enough to speak clearly. What impression does this make? If we didn’t know who Michael was, we might assume less-than-flattering things about him. It’s like having the finest product in the world and putting it on display in a tattered paper bag. I would insist on packaging this precious gem; this national treasure in the finest way possible. Public presentation and etiquette would logically dictate polish and attention to detail.
This critique is only my opinion, and in no way is meant to reflect on anything except his speaking style. I have the utmost respect for him. The truth is:
MANY pro athletes could greatly benefit from speech and voice training !
Study a video of Michael's Style of Speaking
This is a video of Michael giving an interview. It was done many years ago, and Michael's speaking style has improved since then! Let's discuss a few standouts of his personality as he represents it to the media here.
Notice that there is an edit after almost every paragraph. His thoughts seem detached as if he ran out of things to say.
This world champion's speaking style is not congruent with his ability and strength. He SOUNDS uninterested, dispassionate, unsure, and forgive me for using this word, but he sounds lazy. As he talks about his passion, he sounds ANYTHING BUT passionate. I'm not suggesting that he wildly gesture or exaggerate his tone of voice, but his style of speaking should speak OUTWARD to the audience rather INWARD and be all about himself with his direction of thought.
A final note to Michael is that he speaks monotone. If you were to listen to him as a keynote speaker for an hour, you might - and I say might with all respect - become bored.
On a positive note, he has a rich baritone timbre to his voice, it is beautiful, open and resoundingly healthy.