Getaway – a poem by Lis Goodwin


I came here to get away from you.

For a break from our stress:



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


To read more about the ice-hotel, click here: Link

Thanks for reading!

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:


Moreover this term leads us into the world of biology:

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


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

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 –, 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

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?


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


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

Tuesday Tongue-Twister – and spot the error!

I found this and something went *ping* nope *whoop, whoop, whoop* sound the vocabulary alarm! Can you spot the error? I bet most of you can, so please leave a comment. If there’s any doubt by tomorrow I will post some interesting and curious options as to what it should say!

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

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

Back to School – August special offer

The school holidays had hardly begun before I, as a youngster, saw the signs declaring ‘Back to School’ in shops up and down the high street. It filled me with a deep, pit-of-the-stomach dread. I hated school, and all I wanted was to enjoy the summer holiday in peace!

The one thing I looked forward to, and enjoyed, was my speech training lessons – indeed those lessons are, today, my inspiration in working with youngsters who, like me, may not be having the easiest time academically.

Whether your child is clever or average – and the grades they get – well, it might seem important right now, but however far up the ladder of life you get what is going to count most is how you communicate. Success depends not just on what you know, but whether you are able to get those ideas across to other people – to express them well so others can connect with them and with you.

Good communication is a gift that lasts a lifetime. In fact, if you ask anyone who took computer science back in the 90’s and never took it up professionally – well even qualifications can go out of date, but communication never does. Communication is a vital well-spring of self-expression, understanding and, of course, even more importantly, exchange of information.

Being understood, being heard, and being able to express your thoughts, feelings and needs accurately and authentically is a vital part of everyday life.

If your child is aged between 9 and 15 years old, now is the time to start their journey in confident communication. Get in touch today to book their first term of online lessons. If you book and pay before the 15th August, you can claim a discount of 10% off their first term. T&C apply.

Don’t delay – I have only a few slots available, so book today! If you have questions, again get in touch.

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

Epitaph On A Disturber Of His Times – a poem by A. S. J. Tessimond

We expected the violin’s finger on the upturned nerve;
Its importunate cry, too laxly curved:
And you drew us an oboe-outline, clean and acute;
Unadorned statement, accurately carved.

We expected the screen, the background for reverie
Which cloudforms usefully weave:
And you built the immaculate, adamant, blue-green steel
Arch of a balanced wave.

We expected a pool with flowers to diffuse and break
The child-round face of the mirrored moon:
And you blazed a rock-path, begun near the sun, to be finished
By the trained and intrepid feet of men.

Arthur Seymour John Tessimond

I hope you enjoy this poem by one of my favourite poets!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach

Posted for the prompt ‘Profound’