What does the word ‘pacific’ mean?

I used the word ‘Pacific’ today – yes because I was talking about the Pacific Ocean, and I thought immediately that we really never use the word these days for anything else. Yet the word pacific has meaning! Here it is:


So are you a ‘pacific’ kind of person? Shall we see if we can use the word a little more often? 🙂

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


Quotations from Charles Bukowski

I came across this poet yesterday, yet rather than share his poetry with you today, I want to share some of his burning quotes with you. They are the words of a specific state of man (I once knew a man like him) – these have a special quality to them, and those who have felt a love, loss and loneliness, may well resonate with these quotes.

“A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.”
Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

“I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love.”
Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire

“I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasnt a nightmare.”
Charles Bukowski, The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship

“there is always one woman to save you from another and as that woman saves you she makes ready to destroy”
Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

“each mans hell is in a different place:
mine is just up and behind
my ruined face.”
― Charles Bukowski

“People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.”
― Charles Bukowski

“I didnt have any friends at school, didnt want any. I felt better being alone. I sat on a bench and watched the others play and they looked foolish to me.”
― Charles Bukowski

Not poetry, but poetic in their own way. Certainly thought provoking. You can read Bukowski’s poetry on www.poemhunter.com

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach


Why is confident communication so important?

I have been blessed to have gone through the process I now use with the youngsters I teach, to learn how to ‘talk proper’ – pardon my humour! 😉

I’ve written before about the knock on effect of this in stopping the bullying I had experienced every day throughout my schooling:

“Having endured many years of bullying, right from my earliest school years, I began to see a reduction and then a cessation of it. Looking back I can see nothing else which was different, except this change in my voice, which was subtle, but showed an inner confidence, which I had clearly lacked before.”

There is an indefinable something that I gained along with this ability to communicate clearly. There was a confidence which built beautifully and subtly as I learned, and which then acted as a foundation I could rely on.

There have been many opportunities and interactions during which my voice, and my confidence in communicating, have opened doors I might not have expected.

One such interaction was the day I wrote an email of complaint to a CEO of a large PLC. (You can do this too – ceoemail.com), and ten minutes later, to my surprise, my telephone rang, and I found that I was talking to the CEO herself.

It was apparent from our exchange that she was speaking to an equal. She took my complaint very seriously and promised to get the issues looked at and have someone else call me again. Whether I am her equal in achievement – no matter – she could hear from my voice just how equally matched we were (we actually sounded very alike!)

How would you have handled a call from a CEO? How would you have felt? Would your communication have let you down?

This isn’t some skill I have developed myself – I was taught. I learned this at an age when it became second nature to me. I now teach my pupils by the very same method today.

Perhaps your child might like to become the CEO – even more reason to build good communication skills now.

Get in touch today – grab the opportunity quickly while the special holiday discount is still available. It runs out on Monday!

Back to School – August special offer

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


Why you should follow me on Twitter!

Why on earth would you want to follow me on Twitter, when you’re already following me here? Well, because there are things I spot all over the internet which relate to health, family life, inspiration and (a weakness of mine) pens and stationery (sssh!), which I share on Twitter, but don’t have time to write posts about here.

My Twitter page is here *tweet*

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


Seaport – a poem by A S J Tessimond

Green sea-tarnished copper
And sea-tarnished gold
Of cupolas.

Sea-runnelled streets
Channelled by salt air
That wears the white stone.

The sunlight-filled cistern
Of a dry-dock. Square shadows.
Sun-slatted smoke above meticulous stooping of cranes.

Water pressed up by ships’ prows
Going, coming.

City dust turned
Back by the sea-wind’s

Arthur Seymour John Tessimond

Another beautiful poem by  A S J Tessimond. I love his work – he paints pictures with words. I hope you enjoyed it!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach



“Oh, Quinoa, my dear,” – don’t you think it would make a lovely name for a posh young thing? I do 😉

Oh yes, I just had to comment on the quinoa pronunciation issue – is it “keen-wah” or “quin-o-ah”?

In Peru, it’s keen-wah – this doesn’t seem to be in dispute, but I take issue with the excessive reverence for this pronunciation of the name of this crop. Why?

Well, last time I checked, you went to Germany on that business trip, and not Deutschland. You went to Greece for a holiday not Hellas! So why this special reverence for keen-wah?

It’s quin-o-ah all the way for me!

What do you think? Should we start calling each country by the name its inhabitants call it, or will quin-o-ah do for you too? Share your musings below in the comments!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach