“The Human Voice. It’s The Instrument We All Play.” Here Are Three Wrong Notes.

Hey there, hero!

I love the title of this video, because it reminds me of one of the most satisfying TED Talks I’ve ever seen.

In 2013, Julian Treasure gave a TED talk on how to speak so that people want to listen.

It’s title was “How to speak so that people want to listen.”

And what I love about it is that Julian opens the kimono of what we as voice actors do professionally, and helps viewers become just like us.

Borrowing from Stephen Covey’s format, he talks about seven habits we should stop if we want people to listen, and they are three big ones.

Here are the first three. They are huge.

Link to Julian Treasure’s complete TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_how_to_speak_so_that_people_want_to_listen

Hope this helps!



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  1. I watched the video and I like the ideas he presented. I immediately thought of a friend of mine who does at least three of the seven deadly sins of conversation. I’ve been guilty of a couple on occasion. The vocal warm up struck me as interesting because such a thing was another aspect of my early voice-over training (like marking up a script) that some coaches swore you had to to, but your coaching David does not really go into. I’m curious what your thoughts are on vocal warm ups. I’ve very much enjoyed the differences between your coaching and my previous coaching. Thanks for the video David 🙂

  2. David,
    I came late to the party, so had no idea why there was a video everyday, and quite frankly, didn’t challenge it! I signed up of my own volition to receive them everyday because I greatly appreciate the gems you sent my way. I am enjoying the rabbit trails that always lead back to how to be great at what we do. Thank you!