The news from The Daily Mash – ‘Hospitals not on fire yet, insists May’

Oh the irony!

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Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

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Getaway – a poem by Lis Goodwin

getaway

I came here to get away from you.

For a break from our stress:

us.

 

I came to admire this place,  and found

that I had walked into your

cold, cold heart;

 

that I had booked myself a place – a room –

inside your feelings for me:

inside you.

 

I shivered, and spun on my heel.

I knew I had to leave:

both this place, and you.

 

Lis Goodwin ©2016

 

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It’s complicated!

Yes, and often awkward, and all those sorts of things – when we use the word ‘complicated’ today, we are often referring to relationship status. In fact the word complicated rarely means anything nice, does it? Complications after an operation – woah, that’s never good!

Yet when we think about knitting a Fairisle jumper – well, it’s complicated (and beautiful).

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Complicated doesn’t have to be bad, and in fact the word origin is really interesting:

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Moreover this term leads us into the world of biology:

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and the botanical term ‘plicate’ also has its origin here:

plicate

Wanna see what a ‘plicate’ leaf looks like? Do ya?

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Palm fronds are plicate.

So the word ‘complicated’ needn’t mean bad things, it can lead to Fairisle sweaters and Date Palms!

I hope you enjoyed this journey through the word ‘complicated.’

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

http://www.gloriousvoicecoaching.com

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

http://www.gloriousvoicecoaching.com

The answer to yesterday’s tongue-twister conundrum

What did the writer mean?

Yesterday I wrote a post containing the Tuesday Tongue_Twister, and yet there was an issue! A question! Eeek!

“She sat upon a balcony, inimicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably welcoming him in.”

So what’s the problem here? Well, inimicably isn’t a word! *shrieks*

I know!

Calm down.

First of all, when I searched I got this:whoop.jpg

So what do the two most likely words (inimitably and inimical) actually mean, and do either of them fit the context of the tongue-twister?

inimitable

Well, she can’t be mimicking him inimitably – that doesn’t work.

inimical

Uhm, well…. how about she’s mimicking him in a hostile way, and then ‘amicably welcoming him in.’ – well, frankly that doesn’t work much better, does it?

Ah, well, it just shows you that words are fascinating, and we often use them wrongly – get to know and love your dictionary, whether paper or online, because we all need to use them! In fact if you’re going to read anything challenging, you will certainly need to use one.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little sojourn into the dictionary to sort out whether maybe the writer meant this or maybe the writer meant that. If you have any ideas for re-writing the writers tongue-twister, please leave a well-written comment in the writing box below. Or something….

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach

http://www.gloriousvoicecoaching.com