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Shiny, Happy People*

(audio version of blog below)

In keeping with my series on Ten Tips for Talking, a key element to success in using one’s best voice is mental state. In preparation for any interaction, be it business or personal, starting with a positive mental outlook makes a big difference, with the first impression we leave with others, how we carry ourselves, and how we proceed in business and life. Given that our mind and body are so completely connected, it would stand to reason that what’s going on in our mind would be reflected in the sound of our voice, an audible expression of our physical self.

Tip #2 for finding your best voice is “Mentally Prepare”. While I have many tips on how to mentally prepare, this one is to use MUSIC to improve your mental state. You CAN change your mood by the music that you listen to…I encourage uplifting music to set you on the right track. What that means to you, could be very different from what it means to me.

I’m a fan of Songza.com and also have a Sirius Radio membership. Songza will literally help you choose your music by time of day, activity and (desired) mood! Dig a little deeper and you’ll find an enormous selection of playlists to suit your tastes. And, Sirius has something for everyone.

My taste in music tends to be on the “mature” side, so my choices may not be yours. At 10 years old, I got my first album, Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits, and also hung onto every word sung by Karen Carpenter.  Although my tastes have been questioned, I like happy music. What can I say…

Musical Theatre, 70’s pop, anything feel good, motivational, inspirational. (I wish I could be re-incarnated into a member of the Glee cast.)

I’ve compiled a short playlist of motivational songs on YouTube for you here. I’m glad I did that. I think I’ll listen every morning…

CLICK TO HEAR SONG>>*“Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M.