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Introduction: Meet Tami – What’s coming up? [Voicing Your Brand, Episode 1]


Voicing Your Brand: Meet Tami & Hear What’s Coming! [Episode 1]

Thank you for checking out the Voicing Your Brand podcast – I hope you will find it both helpful and inspiring. Today I introduced myself and gave a brief overview of what Voicing Your Brand will cover in our time together. We will talk about your voice, of course, and what you can do to become a more confident speaker – we will also talk about all things branding, offer business tips, and interview experts with a message I think you will enjoy.

I shared my commercial voiceover demo to give you some background. You can listen to all of my demo recordings on my website here: Tami Romani Demos

The 7 Day Vocal Makeover is a brief introduction to becoming aware of your voice and how to use it for success. Go to tamiromani.com/makeover to view the course – use the code PODCAST20 for 20% off (exclusive for my podcast listeners.)

If you enjoyed this episode and are looking forward to more, please share with your friends and tag me @tamiromani on social media so I can share your post with my followers! Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat – I’m @tamiromani on all social platforms.

Thanks for listening!

~ Tami ~

Resources mentioned in this episode:
Tami’s Voiceover Demos: tamiromani.com/voiceover
7 Day Vocal Makeover: tamiromani.com/makeover
Follow Tami on social media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / SnapChat

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Do you VACATION or STAYCATION? Or…

…SLAYCATION?

What’s your “cation” mode? All three are applicable to different stages and seasons in life, amiright?

I’ll admit, I dream of a day when I can go on a real VACATION again and not bring any work along. But for now, I spend about an hour (sometimes two) a day working when I’m away from home. Mostly carry-on, keep the business going kind of stuff – but when you are a freelancer and depend upon the (sometimes last minute) needs of your clients to keep income flowing, it’s kind of a no-brainer to do a bit of work while on vacation.

Even so, I never thought of it as a real SLAYCATION until last year when I was camping in Yosemite and during my daily quick email check I found an invitation to do the voiceover for an explainer video for Bitcoin. So what did I do? I recorded that voiceover in the motorhome, then wrapped up my laptop and rode my bike in the rain to the lodge for slooooow wifi to send the file to the client, and I got PAID. Yep. SLAY-cation mode in full swing.

This was my setup that week. Usually, it’s pillows and blankets strategically arranged on a hotel bed. Or using the luggage rack or an ironing board to create a cubby underneath. Whatever works. Voiceover actors are notorious for setting up mobile recording studios in every situation. (If you’re curious, just search “vo pillow fort” on Facebook and several photos will pop up.) In fact, one of my friends did her first audition for a background voice role for Incredibles 2 from a pillow fort makeshift studio in a hotel room! It’s a thing. (Yes, she got the job.)

Or sometimes, we just use a kitchen table. Like that time sitting at an antique kitchen table about 5 years ago in Italy…

*sigh*

Whether you are a full time entrepreneur or working a side hustle in the evenings and on weekends, you know the value of showing up for your business. Whenever. Wherever. It’s what we do.

So today, I celebrate you!

Whether you choose to take a VACATION, stay close to home and STAYCATION, or take your work with you for a SLAYCATION. I get you.

It’s a Saturday in July, and I’d tell you to take a day off – but you’re probably working. 😉

No matter what, I know you’ll make every moment count.

To your success,

Tami

P.S. If you know you should be on a slaycation this season, but are choking up when you want to chat live with your tribe on social media, I think the Brand Voice Roundtable Facebook group might be helpful. Sit with us at the table and explore ways to tell your brand’s story. It’s also a safe space to practice delivering your message – we will cheer you on, I promise! There’s a seat for you at the table – just fill in the form below to join!

How to Recover from Laryngitis

‘Tis the season. For losing your voice.

And doesn’t laryngitis always happen at the WORST possible time? Waking up one day and not having a voice can set you back days or even weeks if you had things planned like videos, podcasting or live broadcasts. Unfortunately, there’s no immediate fix, but there are measures you can take to lessen the inflammation and perhaps heal a bit faster.

How did you get laryngitis?

Losing your voice could be from one or a combination of several reasons –

  • a virus causing an upper respiratory infection (aka the common cold),
  • overuse – just too much talking or singing,
  • smoking or exposure to smoke or polluted air,
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) Google it – it’s a thing,
  • and, my personal new non-favorite: allergies!

Any or all of these situations can cut your voice down like a sword-wielding pirate taking over a ship.

You are at the mercy of time.

Yes, TIME. Although there are a few things you can do to speed up the clock a bit.

Treating laryngitis

  1. Rest your voice. This is the #1 tip for a reason. STOP TALKING. I know it’s incredibly hard, but the more you force your voice to produce sound, the longer you’ll drag this thing out. Get a notepad, a dry erase board, or install a text to speech app on your phone and choose the fun British voice to be you for awhile. Just stop talking.
  2. Don’t whisper. I know, you thought it was okay. But in reality you risk doing more damage when you whisper. (See #1 for communication ideas)
  3. Breathe moist air – got a vaporizer? Use it. Take a nice hot shower, even lean over the sink a few times a day and breathe in some steamy moist air.
  4. Drink water. I originally wrote “drink fluids” in my notes – but really, the only thing you need to be drinking right now is water. Lots and lots of water. This will help hydrate your whole body as well as those pesky dried out vocal chords, and it is a key to healing your voice. Half of your body weight in ounces is a good target. (Here, let me do that math for you: if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water. You’re welcome.)
  5. Drink warm liquids. Yes, this goes along with tip #4, drink water. Your warm liquids could be plain water (maybe add some lemon), or one of the throat calming teas available now such as Throat Coat Tea by Traditional Medicinals or Honey Lemon Throat Comfort by Yogi. If you have a sore throat along with laryngitis, drinking warm water or tea will soothe and moisten your throat. Mmmmmmmmm…
  6. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol can cause dehydration, which can dry out your throat and cause more hoarseness. We are trying to get well, remember?
  7. Avoid caffeine. I know you’re not happy about this, but caffeine can have the same drying effects as alcohol. This is a great time to decaffeinate yourself – or maybe just stick to one coffee instead of your usual five. I mean, how fast do you want to be heard again?

This is by no means an exhaustive list. I’m sure there are combinations of herbs or essential oils that may show great promise in helping to maintain vocal health – in fact, if you’ve found a sure fire way to speed up the healing process after losing your voice, would you let me know about it in the comments? I’d really like to learn about what works for you!

Photo by Remy_Loz on Unsplash

Your Brand Has a Story – How Will You Tell It?

Your Brand Has a Story – How Will You Tell It?

Do you know how to be the voice of your brand while livestreaming on social media and when to hire a professional voice?

“I know I should be going live on social media, but I’m too nervous.”

“How do I connect with people using live video? I just don’t have the personality for that.”

“I don’t like my voice, so I’m sure others won’t either.”

These are just some of the stories we tell ourselves. Have you done it? In this day of instant access to everything, you know you should be connecting with your followers by going live, but you just. can’t. seem. to. take. that. leap.

I’m here to help.

Every brand has a story. How well you tell that story determines your impact on the world. Using live video on social media is the best way to connect personally with your potential clients, but how do you do that?

Let me introduce myself: Hi, my name is Tami Romani, and I’m a Brand Voice Strategist. 

What that means is I help small business owners feel comfortable when they are being the voice of their own brand on social media, and I also help them to know when to hire a professional voice, like mine, for maximum impact in their marketing efforts.

As a voiceover talent for more than 30 years, I love being the voice of a brand, but I also know that in this age of social media it’s vital for an entrepreneur to connect with their followers on a much more personal level – with live video on social media. My business owner friends have been coming to me for years for help with feeling better about their voices. Now, more than ever, it’s important for an entrepreneur to learn how to feel comfortable in their own voice when they are going live to connect with their tribe. Just as important is knowing when it’s best to use a professional voice for maximum impact. If my voice isn’t a fit for your brand, I’ll help you find one from my large network of voice-over professionals who are ready and willing to help.

Let’s get started Voicing Your Brand!