How to be Successful in Business: Sell Seashells Before You Speak (Presentation Prep 101)

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Butterfield Speaks launches Change Your Voice, Change Your Life, a video tutorial series geared toward business professionals who want to improve their public speaking skills.

Find the Change Your Voice, Change Your Life video series on YouTube!

Change Your Voice, Change Your Life: Speak for Success

“As an actor, I wouldn’t dream of taking the spotlight without warming up my voice” says Andrew Hurteau, Butterfield Speaks associate. “And yet the typical business professional under-estimates the power of their own voice to excite their audience."

Richard Butterfield, presentation coach to some of the nation's most prominent executives, has launched Change Your Voice, Change Your Life: Speak for Success. This free series of vocal exercises teaches business professionals how to prepare, activate and vary their voices to improve their public speaking skills to deliver a more powerful, higher impact presentation.

In this light-hearted series, Richard trades business attire for workout clothes and invites the viewer to close the office door and join him on a tongue-twisting, face scrunching journey to crisp articulation. By the last video, the viewer has practiced exaggerating vocal pitch, varying the cadence of speech and inserting the pause. For effect.

Vocal exercises are familiar to anyone with an acting background. But people forget that even in the business world, they are still performing. And when called upon to present the team’s work, to run a meeting, or to sell an idea, the voice is the most important tool we have to engage and lead.

“As an actor, I wouldn’t dream of taking the spotlight without warming up my voice” says Andrew Hurteau, Butterfield Speaks associate. “And yet the typical business professional under-estimates the power of their own voice to excite their audience. The most thoughtfully produced slide can’t wake an audience put to sleep by a monotonous speaker. Fantastic ideas can fall by the wayside if the presenter doesn’t have the vocal ability to engage the listener.”

The first four videos in the Change Your Voice, Change Your Life are available to the public on YouTube now; three additional segments will be released during the month of February.

About Butterfield Speaks

Richard Butterfield enjoys growing influence as a high-stakes executive coach to corporate leaders, lawyers and other professionals. He is the principal of Butterfield Speaks, a national presentation and communication consultancy located in San Francisco, and other of the book, Richard Butterfield’s Power of Persuasion: Communication and Presentation Skills for Every Profession.

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