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5 tips for talking wearing a medical mask

5 tips for talking wearing a medical mask

Even if on television we continue to see press conferences and interviews of people who do not wear protective medical masks, which, let’s recall it, are more a defensive barrier not to infect others than to prevent our contagion, anyone who has worn one will have immediately realized that he or she has problems breathing, talking and, above all, making himself or herself understood.

Among the hundreds of emails I receive daily, lately I receive more and more from people who find it difficult to talk and be understood through a medical or surgical mask. Clearly if you use a gas mask, speech becomes even more complicated. Don’t be fooled by Hollywood movies, fiction is always far from reality.

Clearly those who have a good vocal training background, will be able to emit sounds and articulate words much more effectively, even through a medical mask.

Usually those who try to talk for a long time through a medical mask find themselves with some inflammation of the phonatory apparatus, such as lowering of voice, hoarseness, or unpleasant tones or sudden changes in tone.

Since I’m very concerned about preserving vocal health, here are my five tips for talking while wearing a mask to defend yourself against the CoronaVirus outbreak:

  1. Always breathe through your nose
    Since the air flow rate that passes through the mask, if well worn, is much lower than what you are normally used to, you unconsciously tend to breathe through your mouth.
    Well, it is good to continue to breathe through the nose both to warm and humidify the air that enters our lungs and to further filter the particles of fine dust or anything else that will pass through the mask.
  2. Take slower, deeper breaths
    As we have seen through the mask, the air we can breathe into our bodies is less than usual. Since it is not possible to change one’s breathing attitude independently, it is good to try to take slower, that is to say, slower and deeper breaths, that is to say, filling the lungs more with air.
  3. Just communicate the essentials
    When wearing a mask, at work or away from home, it is good to try to be as concise as possible. Avoid chatting about more or less, unnecessary topics or non-essentials. In this way, you will avoid going into apnea and staying out of breath.
  4. Speak slowly
    Try to speak slowly, as if you were talking to a foreigner, spelling out all the words and trying to get the rhythm down. Imagine you are talking in a room with a loud reverberation, with a big rumble, wait until every word has reached its destination before pronouncing the next one.
  5. Do not turn up the volume of your voice
    Many people unconsciously tend to increase their voice, partly because they no longer hear their own sound well from their ears, as it is muffled by the mask, partly because the other party communicates that they do not understand the message.

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The gestural communication in the era of the Corona Virus

The gestural communication in the era of the Corona Virus

When I work on the voice of people trying to improve their socio-economic position, I often find myself pointing out things and teaching behaviours that should be far from us as evolved human beings.

If you look carefully at people who have “deserved” and not “got” some kind of personal affirmation in their professional or social life, it will be easy to notice differences with a normal person. Substantial differences are not related to a sophisticated way of using their voice, an elegant dress or a plethora of “followers”. In fact, all these elements can be added, constructed or even purchased. One should observe carefully to note that the differences are not added elements, but removed elements.

Many of my clients, professionals, entrepreneurs, CEOs, but also actors and singers, come to me after attending some kind of vocal training, from diction to acting, from presentation to public speaking, which is a pretext to teach them, or to add, something more.

My teachings are more subtle and effective, in fact I do not pretend to add anything, I only pretend to eliminate something that already exists and that ruins the beauty of human communication.

Well, some of these elements to remove, are almost always nervous tics, unconscious automatisms, expression of some kind of inner insecurity or some fear kept repressed and now silent.

Have you ever seen a great leader, so to speak, scratch her head? Or touch her nose or her face or put her hands to her mouth? These are unconscious behaviors that just as unconsciously express some communicative message.

And this message always reaches its destination, with results that are often cited as “sixth sense”, “bad impression” or something else.
These gestures, tics and unconscious movements pass from generation to generation and it takes a really good motivation to be able to defeat them.

What better opportunity to eradicate a good part of these movements if the one that is offering us, against our will, this pandemic of Corona Virus Covid-19? Now it is imperative not to touch your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth. Just bite your nails, put your fingers in your nose, use your hands for improper purposes, for example to bring food to your mouth, to cover a sneeze or yawn. There are many other, much more elegant ways to do this!

If you are young, you have the opportunity to avoid transmitting these attitudes to your future children, because it should not be forgotten that the common influence is also transmitted in this way and has accompanied us for thousands of years. If we have not managed to eradicate it, there must be a reason!

In addition to this, there is also breathing, an element at the basis of life itself and human vocality. Did you know that 90% of people who take the Inborn Voice route and learn to breathe correctly are even able to quadruple their breathing capacity? In fact, there are very few people who, when they reach adulthood, breathe correctly, i.e. make the most of their diaphragm. To their amazement, even those who come to me with vocal studies behind them and are sure to have problems with the vocal cords are clearly mistaken in their breathing.

A good breathing helps the whole human being, not only the voice, but with a good voice, the rest will come by itself.

Inborn Voice to help Lombardy’s and Milan’s businesses

Inborn Voice to help Lombardy’s and Milan’s businesses

Mylena Vocal Coach, CEO of Inborn Voice, has decided to help companies in her native land by offering a training fund equal to $25,000 to help companies in Milan and throughout Lombardy affected by the events of recent days.

As local government encourages teleworking, companies will be faced with something new for them, namely how to build, manage and bring success to a new type of “distance” relationship.

Mylena is a vocal Coach specialized in Executive Communication, Corporate Communication Skills and Team Building, who has been working for more than 30 years with the main multinationals that have been facing this kind of corporate revolution since a long time.

Mylena will offer free online lessons in Team Building and Social Communication to businesses who request them, in order to keep up morale and productivity in the economic heart of Italy.

Improving one’s voice communication skills leads to a natural harmony and unity, indispensable in times of corporate crisis.

The requirements to access the fund are few and simple:

  1. The company must have its operational headquarters in Lombardy
  2. The company must have activated telework only in 2020
  3. Being in charge for a work team of at least 5 elements.

Anyone interested in accessing Mylena Vocal Coach’s experience can do so by contacting her directly through her website.

The 5 rules to deliver an unforgettable “I love you”

The 5 rules to deliver an unforgettable “I love you”

This morning I woke up excited by the anniversary that falls today: Valentine’s Day! Whether you want it or not, Valentine’s Day stirs the hearts and colors all cities red and fills them with hearts. You feel united by the power of love and even if you live it daily, the feeling is amplified by celebrating it all together.

For singles it can be difficult or time of hope, but don’t worry because love exists, just trust and listen to your Inborn Voice.

With the enthusiasm of a little girl I decided to write this post and to share with you the hidden strength in our voice that can spread in the world bringing love and why not, sensuality.

Let’s take a little step back to pay tribute to the legend of Valentine’s Day. It is said that he used to give young lovers a flower from his garden, a rose, as a good omen for their love. One of these roses gave birth to a great love that proved to be lasting and happy. So from flower to flower this beautiful anniversary spread.

Who is pierced by Cupid’s arrow suddenly finds himself talking with his eyes, having a dumb smile on his face and unable to think of anything but his soul mate. Certainly the feelings that are moved inside are not easy to manage or to communicate.

You have no idea how many people contact me to rehearse that “I love you” or a speech at the wedding.

How nice to see them turning red, hesitant, smiling, living in love.

So here are the 5 nice rules on how to practice delivering “I Love You”.

  • Stand in front of the mirror and say how much air comes out and condenses on the mirror.
  • Move your lips to form a heart to the best of your ability.
  • Close your eyes and listen to each other
  • Take a breath but not too much!
  • Convey all your feelings and let out the same vibrations that tickle and make butterflies dance in your stomach and voilà

These simple rules will give you the magic to look at yourselves, feel yourselves, collect yourselves and let yourself be carried away by the most beautiful feeling in the world the rest will be love.

You have questions, write to me!

I love to talk about love and help you convey it with enthusiasm and satisfaction.

If only the world was more quiet, it will be easy to understand what is a real Inborn Voice

If only the world was more quiet, it will be easy to understand what is a real Inborn Voice

Almost every day I receive emails, messages and telephone calls from people interested in my work. Some are searching to improve their presentation skills, some are willing to give a boost to their career with some voice training, some are just searching to love their voices once again. But almost every one of them asks me a single question. What is this Inborn Voice I am always talking about?

When it comes to voice training, there are many ways to actually train people’s voices. The most frequent and abused one is “by repetition”. The coach will let you repeat endlessly some exercises with the promise to “improve” your voice in a few sessions. Most of the time your voice will change, that’s for sure. But change is not always an improvement.

My way of Vocal coaching is different. I listen to your voice, to your Inborn Voice, and I will help you get back the same voice, full of colors and energy, you had in the past when you were a very little child.

That’s not easy to explain as many people expect to train with similar vocal exercises they already know from movies or the tv show. I train them with exercises totally different, almost silent ones.

Last night I was watching the movie “I am legend” and I found something that may help you better understand what actually is what I call Inborn Voice.