One of my favorite podcasters, Akilah S. Richards recently used the phrase that she wanted to be present (adj), rather than present (v). I haven’t been able to shake it because it resolves an issue for me.
What is it that makes some competent presentations seem so unimportant and some less flashy presentations so vital. I have always called this Presence but perhaps it is Present Presence. Not just a connection to the way the soundwave is traveling in the room, or the intention behind the words but also, mindfulness in that moment.
I also wonder how much miscommunication could be avoided if we actively sought to be Present (adj), just that. Being present means that you are interpreting what is not what should or could be. It observing your reality and being in it rather than moving past it. And, I suppose it appeals to me to be more completely true as I speak so that the actual me is connecting with others.
I will certainly be prioritizing being present (adj) in my work. I invite you to observe whether you are present in your own.
This Friday at 12:30 pm EDT, Gina will host an office hour over Zoom that will also be live on FB. These will be short voice alignment sessions aimed at voice skills building. Come to the Zoom for the session and/or to ask any questions you have about voice function or practice or just join me over FB Live. Register here or watch it live on the GROW Voice FB page. I hope to see you there.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.