Learn from my mistakes

I found this the other day:


I laughed immoderately, but not too hard – it’s not like I don’t learn from my mistakes, and at least try not to repeat them! However, one thing it really pays to do is to learn by other people’s mistakes. If you can do that, you can save a lot of time struggling making them yourself. Of course this only works if you get to see, or hear about someones mistake, and so I’ll share mine with you!

You may have noticed that this week, the blog has been quiet. Monday and Tuesday turned out to be a flurry of work online doing something other than the productive stuff I really enjoy. Instead it was prepration for the changeover of my ISP (Internet Service Provider) after over a decade. I’ve been trying to keep my email box fairly low, but I’d been having problems with it loading for months (one reason for leaving my old ISP, in fact), and because of this lag, and all the work I’d been doing online which meant I was getting a lot of notifications, well, I couldn’t keep up, and ended up with an inbox with 6,000 emails in it, and not loading well. Even getting a single one to forward to my new email address was a challenge which took much page-refreshing afterwards to load the inbox again. Two full days – TWO FULL DAYS – each day I worked until 9pm to get it done, and it took that long.

So what do I take from this?

Firstly, had I made myself spend ten minutes once a week on clearing it, it would have been worth it, and would have at least reduced that number!

Secondly, don’t use your ISP’s email address – one reason I think they give you an email account is so that you’ll get so used to giving it out that it puts you off leaving, because you’l lose that email address (I know my old ISP made extra money out of me just due to my reluctance to deal with moving my email address after all those years).

Thirdly, be lightfooted with your ISP and other utilities – I will have saved over £500 a year by switching my internet and my electricity over. Don’t get stuck on their deals and then let them lapse – there are so many sites which can help you switch, and I will say the change over from my old to new ISPs was absolutely painless (apart from the email nightmare, which was essentially avoidable anyway). If we all switched our suppliers everytime the market made us a better offer, companies would have to be more competative and that would bring prices down for all of us. (I found my best deals on sites like www.moneysavingexpert.com and www.ukpower.co.uk).

So, yesterday I made two videos of poetry I’ve recorded, and I’ll be posting them today to make up for the lack of posts earlier in the week. 🙂

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


Great quote – building strong children

I saw this and re-tweeted it this morning, but I wanted to share it here on the blog because I know not all of you follow me on Twitter.


This is so true – so powerful. What are you doing to make your children strong and capable? How are you building them up? Do you enable your children, and build them up, or do you compete with them and attack them? Have you ever told your child they’ll never amount to anything? Your words are so powerful! They have real force.

So many broken adults in the world have pasts where they were not given the tools to be strong, capable and successful in life. Whether this was a fault in their upbringing, or a fault in their schooling – somewhere someone mistreated their natural curiosity, their natural creativity, and crushed them.

I’ve spoken before about how I was bullied, and how a good voice can help bring out  confidence, and it can, but it’s only one part of the jigsaw. It also helps if parents and teachers give constructive criticism and praise and encourage good behaviour and ideas – this can help build adults who will really succeed in life.

Think today how you can inspire your children to be great people, strong and capable!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


My thoughts and observations on a fortnight on Twitter

This is my beginner’s guide, if you like, because on the 1st August I joined Twitter for my voice coaching business to see what would happen. Business and Twitter are often considered to go hand in hand, which is all well and good – but it takes WORK. Oh, and a few other things. Which I will now share with you.

One of the greatest criticisms levelled at Twitter by people I have followed and read the articles of in the last two weeks is that it’s a ‘shout box’ with a lot of people speaking but very few listening. In the case of this particular company I was following it was clear THEY were using it as a shoutbox, because as soon as I started following them I was getting a tweet every two or three minutes, repeating every hour or so the same tweets again and again. I unfollowed them immediately.

Then again there are those folks who re-tweet something so useful and helpful that you just have to say thank you, and it leads to not only following each other, but trying out their product or using their website and sharing their achievements far and wide. These are the guys I came to Twitter for.

One of the first things I recommend you do when you join, is to follow a couple of ‘Inspiring Quotes’ type Twitter accounts – they’ll keep your feed nicely topped up with good vibes throughout the day, and you can also re-tweet those good vibes to others. Why not share the good feelings and inspiration?

Over-all my first two weeks on Twitter have been inspirational. I’ve still got a lot to learn about some of the how – how on earth do I get Emojis? Anyone know?

So my potted observations are thus:

Keep your Twitter followers down to a level where you can give each tweet the attention it deserves. If you get to the point where you can’t, then trim your list you follow so that you can. If you’re letting dozens of tweets fly by, then you are missing a lot. Obviously you can’t read every tweet, but if you have someone you’re following who is using Twitter as a ‘shout box’ they are really blotting out any chance of you reading other people’s tweets. Ditch them.

Follow people who inspire you. Follow famous people you want to be like (you may quickly decide you don’t, but that’s fine). Follow businesses you admire. Follow people who tweet inspiring stuff. Follow people in your industry and follow people in unrelated fields that interest you. Make sure you follow enough people that your feed is always ticking over nicely throughout the day.

Connect whenever possible – re-tweet stuff you like, and comment as you do. Connect, and DM with folks you feel an affinity for.


Have you used Twitter? What’s your experience of it? Do share in the comments.

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


Cute friendship between a tiny rabbit and a very gentle dog

This is just so cute, and it’s also so heartwarming!

Some dog breeds are known for their gentleness – Labradors are usually very docile and sweet natured, and this one is very sweet with the tiny bunny rabbit.

I hope you enjoy watching it!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach


Lis Goodwin is an international voice coach – available to work with pupils all over the world via Skype, or 1-2-1 in Suffolk in the UK


Have you ever wondered how you would ever succeed? Stick-to-it-iveness – you’ve got to stick to it, to persevere. Today I was reading in the bible, and this verse leapt out at me:

Deuteronomy 20:8 King James Version (KJV)

8 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart.

It brought to mind that old supposedly Chinese proverb:


Sometimes we need to turn away the nay-sayers – those who say it can’t be done, because without meaning to, they can undermine our efforts and our stick-to-it-iveness!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach


Weekend Inspiration – reverse parking a lorry

This might not sound that good – I mean people do this every day, right? Well when you see the video, you’ll be impressed! Perhaps you’ll want to be a lorry driver.



(Note: Daily Mail is a website which is best with parental supervision)

Weekend Inspiration – organisation stations!

Getting the children ready for school isn’t the easiest, is it? Chaotic mornings see the gym kit left behind in the kitchen and books left by the TV. Are there easier ways? Well I saw this article (Click!) and thought of you readers, and thought I would share it and some thoughts.


Look at that for a tidy hallway – each child has their organisation station, and everything gets put there the night before except lunches. Sounds great, and there are some other great pictures in the article linked above.

My thoughts – this is brilliant for small children, but avoid making the area look like the Kindergarten cloakroom. I saw one in the article with hooks on the wall and their pictures or names next to the hooks, and I remember that from school – yuck! I would have HATED that when I was a child because I hated school, so keep the style of your home, and get a unit that doesn’t look like their school lockers either!

Secondly they are going to grow out of this really quickly – with several children I can see them not wanting to leave their school bags where their siblings can look in them! A simple solution for older children is a box just inside the bedroom door – it keeps it private, and will help them to learn to be responsible in making sure they have everything in there they need each night.

I’m not an advocate for houses being overly tidy (anyone who knows me knows that), but organisation can be part of your home routine, and is a good trait to teach children.

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach


Can you work out the answer?

This article (Click!) from the Daily Mail shows that so often people can’t agree what the answer is to these tests! Can you work it out?


Yes, you can, and it’s 14!

It’s a real test of observation, and not clever maths!

I hope you enjoy reading the article.

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach