Want to be able to speak under stress and get your voice heard?
It’s all about your body and voice! And I am very excited to be joined by Dr Louise Mahler on the podcast this week to explore this ‘missing ingredient of leadership’.
Dr Louise Mahler is a foremost expert in body language, voice and emotion. She has a PhD in Business, and degrees and masters in Organisational Psychology as well as Music.
She is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and spent years of professional performance on the European opera stage, which gives her a truly unique perspective on stage presence and the psychology of leadership.
While completing her award-winning PhD, Louise observed a ‘missing ingredient’ in corporate leadership around the mind-body-voice connection she calls Vocal Intelligence.
In this conversation, Louise shares powerful techniques for building trust and influence, focusing on body and voice.
You will discover:
- The missing ingredient of leadership: anything that isn’t words – we tend to focus on the WORDS – but we don’t talk about body language and voice
- Body language is about the PERCEPTION OF US. We also use it for our own comfort – it communicates, but it also helps us to feel good.
- Keeping breath LOW – makes people trust you
- “Voice is a choice” – you can CHOOSE to make changes
- It starts with an exploration – get the tension away from the neck – the voice will act for itself.
- BREATH is the first thing
- Think about “Giving air out” not “taking a breath”
- Why movement of body is important – it gets your body ready to make sound.
- Louise’s ‘nod, blink and smile like an idiot’ technique
- Why being able to initiate sound under stress is a big thing that people struggle with
- The importance of eye contact – especially in leadership
- How to use gestures effectively
- How to make these patterns habitual – even if they don’t feel ‘natural’ to you
Connect with Louise:
- Learn more about her work on her website
- Explore her digital and coaching programs at The Mahler Method
- Connect with Louise on LinkedIn