Find your voice

Can you sing? Many of us will say ‘no’ perhaps with a smile followed by a self-depreciating comment about ‘like a fog horn’ or some such. Including me. Last night I discovered that barring illness or injury, it is possible for anyone to sing, and I loved it.

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Sep 20, 2018
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I was fortunate to bag a ticket to an evening Masterclass at RADA in collaboration with the City Women Network. The evening session lasted an hour and a half. In that time RADA Vocal coach, Tom Wakeley encouraged, cajoled and orchestrated around 50 women into performing as a one voice choir. It was an extraordinary experience.

Tom began the evening by helping us understand that essential, but too often underutilised, leadership tool: our voices. On our feet within minutes, Tom directed us with a series of practical breathing and vocal exercises. There was no time to be self-conscious as he cleverly led our attention to feeling what was going on within our bodies with each breath as we sustain sound.

Next Tom introduced us to the lyrics of the song ‘The Rhythm of Life’ from the hit musical ‘Sweet Charity’. A cold shiver went down my spine at the thought, and I suspect many others felt the same. I noticed that some of us took an involuntary step back. Some serious ‘fight or flight’ survival instinct started to kick in!

Within moments, Tom had organised us into groups, giving us roles, guiding our voices and encouraged us to ‘do something out of our comfort zone’. It was indeed a Masterclass in helping a growth mindset. We all had a part to play, we all had a contribution to make.

Energised and motivated we practised together. Stumbling over words, laughing out loud and savouring the moment when things came together. Within an hour we began to sing and move with conviction and enthusiasm for ‘The Rhythm of Life’.

The buzz at the networking drinks after the event was terrific. So many smiling faces. It was uplifting, and a reminder that pushing your boundaries can bring enormous reward. At the end of the night, I left for home with a sense of achievement and a smile on my face. 

The Masterclass demonstrated to me how, with effort and the guidance of an expert, you could improve: communication skills, confidence, break down status barriers, gain supportive behaviours, enjoy team bonding and learn how to express yourself.  What a privilege

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Beverly Landais PCC

Managing Director , Beverly Landais Executive Coaching

I come to coaching from a senior business background, including board level. I now run my own business – Beverly Landais Executive Coaching. My mission is to enable people, teams and organisations to be at their resourceful best. Throughout my career, I have mentored, coached and lead numerous training programmes and workshops. I bring 30-years of business experience to my client work. I embrace a wide range of coaching techniques including strength-based models. I work with private clients as well as having a corporate practice. I am a Certified Coach (PCC) and accredited with the International Coach Federation. I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (Chartered Institute of Marketing), Postgraduate Certificate in Business & Personal Coaching (Barefoot Coaching/University of Chester), Certified Psychometric Test User (British Psychological Society) and Certified Chartered Manager (Chartered Management Institute). I am a Fellow of the of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Member of the Institute of Directors.

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Sorrel Roberts 10 months ago

This sounds incredible - I'd love to go if they do it again!

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Beverly Landais PCC 10 months ago

Check out the City Women Network website for details of up coming events. Some are for members only, yet many are for non-members too.