Ep107 Show Notes: Barbara McAfee
About Barbara McAfee
Barbara is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformational power of sound.
Her book, Full Voice: The Art & Practice of Vocal Presence was a #1 Amazon bestseller in Business Communication. The book is based on her 25 years as a voice coach, supporting people from many professions in learning how to access the full power and expression of the voice in service to their work and relationships. Barbara’s musical keynotes blend practical content, sophisticated humor, and thought-provoking questions on topics including voice, leadership, and engagement. Barbara has produced seven CD’s of mostly original music and is founder of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer hospice choir in the Twin Cities. She lives across the street from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Key Conversation Points
- What it means to find the full range and capacity of your voice
- Acknowledging how powerful our voices can be in shaping perceptions
- Communicating more effectively through different voice types
- Becoming more confident with your voice
- Avoiding the feeling of “phoniness”
- Being true to your own voice while creating excitement
- Communicating appropriately for the occasion
Detailed Conversation Highlights
Barbara considers herself an ambivert, and acknowledges how that has helped her personally and professionally. She values introversion for her creative process and extroversion for her performances. Furthermore, she appreciates how her ambiversion allows her to connect with her vocal coaching students regardless of where they fall on the spectrum.
Aspects of her day job as a personal development consultant and her passion as a singer-songwriter collided when she was offered referrals for vocal coaching. Her book correlates vocal and leadership qualities with natural elements and demonstrates the best uses for each. Over the course of the episode, she demonstrates each vocal element (earth, fire, water, metal and air) and the best scenarios to use them to your advantage, particularly for introverts. When it comes to addressing others, how you convey your message can be just as important if not more important than the message itself.
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence | Barbara McAfee
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Connect with Barbara
Barbara’s Introvert Island Book Selections
A Volume Poetry from Mary Oliver (I chose “New and Selected Poems” for your consideration. ~BB)
The Music of Life | Hazrat Inayat Khan
Sharing is Caring!How earth, fire, water, metal + air can make you a better #entrepreneur. #Podcast via @IntrovertCoach @barbaramcafee How to keep your message from getting lost when you’re trying to be heard? #Podcast via @IntrovertCoach @barbaramcafee Learn what #introverts can do to bring others into their inner lives. #Podcast via @IntrovertCoach @barbaramcafee How saying the same thing a different way makes a world of difference. #Podcast via @IntrovertCoach @barbaramcafee
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