12 episodes

The Voice Coach Podcast is for people who work with the spoken voice - speakers, actors, podcasters, voiceover artists and presenters. Nic Redman, leading vocal coach, shares insights and knowledge on how to improve your speaking voice and vocal health, whether you are performing or presenting on stages, on microphone or presenting on camera. Vocal care impacts your performance, your vocal clarity and your presentation delivery. Learn how to go beyond a basic warm up to stand out vocally and look after your voice properly.

The Voice Coach Podcas‪t‬ Nic Redman

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The Voice Coach Podcast is for people who work with the spoken voice - speakers, actors, podcasters, voiceover artists and presenters. Nic Redman, leading vocal coach, shares insights and knowledge on how to improve your speaking voice and vocal health, whether you are performing or presenting on stages, on microphone or presenting on camera. Vocal care impacts your performance, your vocal clarity and your presentation delivery. Learn how to go beyond a basic warm up to stand out vocally and look after your voice properly.

    011 How to Reduce Sibilance

    011 How to Reduce Sibilance

    In this episode, we talk about sibilance, what it is, why some people sound more sibilant than others, and why it gets people annoyed. We will also focus on a few practical ways of controlling our voice's features, so we can reduce sibilance.
    What You'll Learn in This Episode:
    Is sibilance a speaker or a listener issue? What is sibilance in phonetic terms The sibilance and its relationship with different accents The effects of the various articulation contacts The benefits of exploring the alveolar and post-alveolar area Next time when someone tells us we sound sibilant, we have two choices - we either ignore them, or we can observe which part of our tongue we use to make the "s" sound, we pay attention to the airflow we produce, and work on it. The only rule is to keep our voice exploration fun, curious, and free of judgement. 
    Resources:
    The Voice & Accent Hub https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevoiceandaccenthub Finding Your Voice by Barbara Houseman https://amzn.to/2NOdtgW Vocal Arts Workbook by David & Rebecca Carey (pg 174 & 175 for extensive consonant cluster practise) https://amzn.to/2NSC1VW

    • 15 min
    010 What To Do If You Lose Your Voice

    010 What To Do If You Lose Your Voice

    This episode is a practical guide to deal with a common, yet dramatic situation - losing our voice. We will go through the possible reasons that cause it, the importance of resting our voice, release exercises that can help us, and what to beware of when we lose our voice.  
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    Don't panic because stress is not helpful in these cases Why you need to rest and cancel any non-essential talking How nebulizers provide great assistance to your voice Why we must stay away from menthol How to encourage vocal rehab through exercises Even when we have a balanced diet, we keep ourselves hydrated, and we meticulously perform voice warm-ups and cool-downs, we can get ill or be stressed out, and lose our voice as a result. However, if this happens, we must keep calm, take some rest, start upping our fluids, and perhaps do some gentle exercises to smooth voice rehab. 
    Resources:
    Nic's Quick Voice Tips - vocal tract release: Tongue Release https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGaTHw7rFfU&t=69s Yawning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3pbTvEPwIs&t=42s Jaw Release https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUJAHfDdmdM&t=67s First Aid for Hoarseness http://www.joannacazden.com/first-aid-for-hoarseness/?fbclid=IwAR2orTOSscKiRRbIOleOfoyejOImLMb8OrRZOJfvQQg4z-_EWFB8gA-yDp0 NHS Laryngitis guidelines https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/laryngitis/ The Voice & Accent Hub Facebook group  

    • 10 min
    009 Top 5 Tips for Improving Your Speech

    009 Top 5 Tips for Improving Your Speech

    In this episode, I'm sharing with you five cheeky tips you can use to improve your speech. These simple yet effective tricks that you can start applying right away will help you enhance your voicing without a lot of practice.
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    How making pauses can help us when speaking A rule to consider - new thought, new breath What it means to ‘find the floor’ Why you have to listen to your recorded voice in order to improve it Any good speech starts with a great warm-up The element that connects these five tips for vocal improvement is awareness - not only being aware of our flaws and fails, but also of our posture before and while speaking, the in-breath and out-breath, and the time we take to talk. And listening to our recorded voice is a great tool to improve that awareness and improve our speech.
    Resources:
    Join my Facebook group Voice & Accent Hub: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevoiceandaccenthubb

    • 10 min
    008 Why Posture is Important for Reducing Vocal Fatigue

    008 Why Posture is Important for Reducing Vocal Fatigue

    Today I want to talk about posture, and why it is essential for reducing vocal fatigue. You will understand the secret to improving your posture when speaking, and we will also talk about the four questions you need to ask yourself to turn body alignment awareness into a habit, and the exercises and activities that can help you with it as well. 
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    What is body alignment How the lack of alignment affects our voice performance The kink in the straw effect The ultimate secret of body alignment Four questions to quick-check your body alignment How understanding body alignment brings freedom Once we are aware of our body alignment, we can start making it a habit. Bad posture can have devastating effects on our voice, and to fix it, we need to understand voice as a holistic experience, and be mindful of the connection between our body parts. 
    P.S. Thank you Jack Evans for making the music for this podcast!
    Resources:
    Nic's Quick Voice Tip - Chin jutting and mic position video https://youtu.be/RTRu3Yq7nnI The Use of the Self by FM Alexander https://amzn.to/3p9pSd8 5 Alexander Tech Exercises to Try http://ergonomictrends.com/alexander-technique-exercises-posture-back-pain/ My Alex Tech Teacher https://alexandertechnique.co.uk/users/n-osorio Alex Tech Directions https://www.alexander-technique-london.co.uk/on-giving-directions-doing-and-non-doing/ Dane Chalfin https://www.vocalrehabilitation.com/primal-voice

    • 16 min
    007 Top 5 Microphone Technique Tips

    007 Top 5 Microphone Technique Tips

    Today's episode is about microphone techniques. We will let aside the different mic setups and styles, and we will focus on the universally beneficial tips when it comes to speaking on a microphone. We will talk about body alignment, the better way of facing a microphone, the ideal distance from the mic and much more. 
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    The importance of body alignment when speaking on a mic How to let the microphone take your voice Plosives and how to play across the microphone
    It's not about you or the mic - it's about the listener How hydration can help our microphone technique
    These five tips apply to voice professionals, but they are also helpful for Zoom meetings or virtual presentations. Time and practice will help you perfect these techniques, and still, they'll have a visible impact in your voice performance from day one. 
    Big thanks goes to Jack Evans for creating music for this podcast!

    Resources:
    B Double E https://b-double-e.co.uk/services/ Nic's Quick Voice Tips - Alignment and Avoiding Vocal Fatigue  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTRu3Yq7nnI&t=3s Join my Facebook group Voice & Accent Hub: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevoiceandaccenthubb  

    • 14 min
    006 How to Improve Your Voice with a Vocal Cool Down

    006 How to Improve Your Voice with a Vocal Cool Down

    In this episode, I want to talk about a different aspect of vocal health, neglected for some and appreciated for others: the vocal cool-down. Just as in any sport, some movements are necessary before and after every performance to reset the body. We will go through an easy to follow step-by-step routine to perform a perfect vocal cool-down. 
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    Why vocal cool-down is important
    The impact of vocal cool-down on professional voice users The step-by-step vocal cool-down routine How to transition from a heightened physical state back to our senses Research on vocal cool-downs is still in its infancy, but so far it has not shown any negative outcomes. That means that a vocal cool-down might have different levels of impact on vocal users, but it's something we must try and experience for the sake of our vocal health.
    Thanks to Jack Evans for creating the music for The Voice Coach Podcast!
    Resources:
    The Efficacy of Cool Down Exercises by Kari Ragen (originally published in the Journal of Voice) 2018 https://www.nats.org/_Library/JOS_On_Point/JOS-074-5-2018-521_-_Efficacy_of_Vocal_Cool-Down_-_Ragan.pdf The Impact of Vocal Cool-down Exercises: A Subjective Study of Singers' and Listeners' Perceptions 2016 https://www.jvoice.org/article/S0892-1997(15)00227-1/abstract The Value of Vocal Warm-up and Cool-down Exercises: Questions and Controversies  by Rima A. De Fatta and Robert T. Sataloff, (Journal of Singing) 2012 http://www.vocapedia.info/_Library/JOS_files_Vocapedia/JOS-069-2-2012-173.pdf 3 point neck stretch - Nic's Quick Voice Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA6sEJJZohM The Vocal Cool Down, Your Secret Weapon by Dane Chalfin, vocal rehab expert https://www.vocalrehabilitation.com/post/the-vocal-cool-down-your-secret-weapon Join my Facebook group Voice & Accent Hub: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevoiceandaccenthubb

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

RosiA VO ,

So grateful!

Nic you make me feel like you're with me and only me, helping me one on one. Plus I love your sense of humor! I’m a full time voice actor and singer in Boston who began struggling with hoarseness a couple of years ago. I’m on a journey using semi-occluded straw phonation multiple times a day and much more. Your podcasts reminds me of important practices, has helped me adopt your 5 minute warm-up and up mu nebulizer use. I am confident I’ll continue to heal and want to thank you for being a wonderful part of that journey so I can use my singing voice healthfully to bring myself and others joy, and keep my voiceover clients happy with my sound. 🙏🏼

BofferStickAngel ,

Very useful

I love Nic’s down-to-earth style of sharing this important information. I learn so much each episode. Plus, I love listening to her voice.

Shippy D. ,

The Very Best Podcast Out There On This Subject

I’m so glad I found this podcast! I learned so much in just the first few episodes. The host drew me in immediately with a wonderful blend of information, tips, and humor. She’s clearly an expert on the subject—using and caring for the speaking voice—and yet she’s unpretentious and highly relatable. Each episode is packed with content but short enough (15-20 minutes each) to leave you wanting more. Great for anyone who uses their speaking voice in a professional setting or who simply wants to learn more about the voice in a fun and entertaining way. Highly recommended.

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