Every day we meet new people. Many times we don’t even care about them, we just ignore them. Other times, a connection is made, a magical one, which leads to deepening the relationship. Those who follow me know perfectly well that “chance doesn’t exist”, so it is always good to be aligned with your Inborn Voice to make something magical happen.
A long time ago, one of these people, a client and a friend, invited me to spend some summer time in her house in Italy’s Costa Smeralda, the most beautiful and magical place of the Mediterranean see. I usually prefer to keep my privacy and I rarely accept such proposals. But that time my Inborn Voice took me to Costa Smeralda, to one of the places where all the myth of those places was born: in Porto Rafael, the Aga Khan eritage.
I never imagined I would discover so many things related to me, to my work, in the warm and sunny Sardinia. Yet in the past I had already had several “calls” from those places, now so dear to me. Today, years later, even if the bond with those who brought me to Sardinia is no longer part of this world, it keeps beating, strong, always, like on the wings of a Winged Arrow.
The ancient traditions of that island hide so many secrets that it is worth deepening, for example the “Brebus”, an ancient Sardinian word that is pure magic..
Today came out an interesting interview of mine on a portal of the Costa Smeralda, I invite you to read it in english by clicking on the image above you will find the original interview with Mylena Vocal Coach in Costa Smeralda on the official portal (in Italian)
Here is the full translation:
Vocal coach Mylena Origgi teaches how to make the most of the power of voice
Everyone has something magical in their voice. Discovering it is the vocal coach Mylena Origgi, who as a child is bewitched by the Sardinian brebuses and when she grows up develops a revolutionary system to discover the transforming power of her voice.
“We can work on ourselves and free our voice, have a fascinating and true voice. There is hope for everyone: it becomes a reality to be able to speak and be listened to by seeing people hanging from their lips – says Mylena Origgi – let’s admit it: we all want to have a pleasant voice but it’s not just a matter of vanity, it’s not a fashion and yet the trend is clear: to exploit the power of the voice”.
Brebuses are those Sardinian words between magic and tradition that really seem to mark Mylena’s first steps on her journey of discovery of the extraordinary power of the voice. She is less than eighteen when a friend for her wedding asks her to sing the Ave Maria in Sardinian. The ceremony takes place in Milan with a large group of Sardinian guests who, after the excellent interpretation, ask her which part of the island she comes from. Mylena lives in Busto Arsizio from where as a child she stumbles between one series of coincidences and another: she is so fascinated by them that she makes the real sound of each one resonate. With her voice she probes the power of the force that is locked in each individual. She literally reveals the secret behind the incredible power of the sound of the human voice and teaches a method, infallible and effective. “Each one of us has a true and beautiful voice, we just have to be able to bring it out – Mylena Origgi is convinced – through my courses I tend to tune my voice to the will.
In short, she becomes a voice guru on a worldwide level, specialized in teaching how to bring out one’s true essence and to give confidence to everyone’s personal vocation because, it seems, there are no ugly voices but only bad spells to be broken. And from September 2020 her courses are expected on the Costa Smeralda where a strong esoteric bond with a friend demands her. But she doesn’t want to anticipate further.
Her method, which literally drives the Americans crazy, is called Inborn Voice and essentially speaks of a way to find our true voice, the one we are gifted at birth. The courses can be taken online. Origgi, who in these days around Europe and throughout the month of December has been in Milan where she held various workshops, will return to Boston where she now lives permanently, teaches and writes books, the latest La via della voce.
The secret of her success starts from her voice. For those who are neither singing nor hertz, the concept is much simpler and more intuitive: “The voice for me is given by vibrations that bring a different quantum frequency. It’s a resonance of vibrations compared to people – explains the coach – I’m not talking about the colours of the voice, for me it’s about expressing our soul”.
Pure energy that vibrates, in fact, goes through people, hitting them deeply, in the most instinctive and non-rational areas of the human being.
“My work consists in knowing the most intimate voice, through new energy, like the choice of a dress. How many times do we hear “I don’t like my voice”? My method is effective because it polarizes one’s will to improve. A positive step that moves from a need and the change can be radical. Every voice can be improved in an unlimited way, with the power you want depending on the time you decide to invest”.
This is a path that has been and still is a significant success in the United States: everyone turns to the vocal guru, from TV presenters to singers to show business personalities. “In Boston it is university professors who turn to me because their career depends largely on the voice that is able to influence the quality of teaching and learning: a teacher with a boring voice will have less successful students at exams. It is therefore a responsibility. A fascinating voice is reflected across the board in everyone’s performance.”
The voice has to do with a person’s success and status, but as long as a rule is respected. “It has to be true, authentic,” says Mylena. “No cheating, no acting, no faking. A theme very dear at the moment to the world of information but also to the Anglo-Saxon world. That’s why Inborn voice works because my talent is to bring out who we are through voice, maybe it’s a philosophical way but we have to start from ourselves, for me it has to do with a divine dimension to find a positive spiral. We need authenticity and trust: speaking with one’s own voice allows us to be genuine”.
There are also considerable benefits on a psychophysical level: “Vibrations always arrive: think of a butterfly that flies away fast. That’s it, even the voice gets to the deep part and settles in the body and realigns itself.”
So forget about vocalizing, ba-ba-ba exercises, this is a method to find the voice: “Listen and listen to yourself, finding a connection with yourself. For me there are words that I call “mantra”, they are the keys that each of us has and repeating them helps, then there are rejecting words that block us. My task is to recognize them by talking and working with the students, I want to work on self-esteem while it seems that sometimes everything is working around us to destroy it”.
And it seems to be working, as thousands of people turn to Mylena Origgi. Even here in Italy: from Giovanni Scialpi to actor Dino Spinella and Daniel Marangiolo of IPantellas.
She loves to travel and appreciates New Zealand culture because it opens up a total spirituality even if she feels far from shamanism, she doesn’t belong to it because the shaman connects to nature only through a transsexual state. “I remember at an initiation ceremony when a woman took me in the crowd and brought me to the center of a ritual, there were many of us, some tattooed Maori danced the haka and sang, I felt all the peace and the ability to protect a people with thousands of years of trust, the strength of a collective thought where not even the bee can hurt you”. He moves from the New Zealand culture his belief that everyone is able to descend, studying, as a team or alone, until you get to perceive his own internal and external vocality without any limit or boundary.
“Usually in the initial part I let myself be guided, I let the meeting resonate like that part of prayer that we call devotion. I am a free spirit without rules but with my own discipline. Those who come close to me have their own precise code, their own authenticity and beauty. I realize that it is a path of mutual attraction and that it is usually much easier to bring everyone back to their own inborn voice if it is precisely they who want it”.
She starts with a degree in languages so as not to settle for anything more than travelling and from Alaska to New Zealand, passing through Japan, her life experience becomes multi-faceted and polyglot, leaving a university career to follow what she calls her “childish resonance”. She doesn’t like to talk about instinct because instinct doesn’t have any aim, on the contrary, in order to be able to support certain circumstances, to work with certain personalities, the path can be really uncomfortable, the term guru seems to her the most suitable. “In Boston a Jewish student enrolled in a course of mine, with the aim of improving his voice, finally gave me back the sense of my work with rare clarity, saying that he understood that there is not only the voice that comes out but that there is the voice that is born together with every man. While a Harvard professor can surely confirm that the voice in the terminally ill is extinguished before any other light: the voice is vital energy”.
For the technical part of each course there are precise rules and modalities: “Everything must be allowed to develop within a path. Each cycle can last between 10 and 20 one-hour lessons, I have to choose you and you choose me. It is absolutely not said to happen even if word of mouth remains the most authentic and effective of the tools”.
And the word is out.
Mylena Vocal Coach today has got the cover and two-page interview on the weekly issue of the magazine Oltre, published by La Prealpina. The interview il finally more related to the quantum and vibration level of the Inborn Voice training method and not only the “traditional one”.
Here is the full article, translated for you from the La Prealpina website:
Say goodbye to those boring, dull, graceless voices. We can work on ourselves and set our voices free. And have a charming and truthful voice. There is now hope for everyone: it is a reality to be able to speak and be heard by seeing people hanging from our lips. Yes, because let’s face it, we all want to have a lovely voice.
It’s not a fashion, but by now the trend is clear: it’s to exploit the real “voice power”. Who knows what’s the secret behind the incredible power of the sound of the human voice and how to use it. t: Mylena Origgi is absolutely sure to help everyone. She became known as The Voice Guru worldwide and she specializes in teaching how to get your real voice out. And give confidence, because there are no bad voices.
Her method, which literally drives the United States crazy, and not only them, is called Inborn Voice (inbornvoice.com), which translates into finding our true voice, the one we had at birth.
Origgi, who is currently in Europe and on Sunday, December 1, is in Milan for a workshop before returning to Boston where she now lives permanently, teaches and writes books, the last one is The Way of the Voice.
The secret of her success? It starts from her own voice. For those who do not understand either singing or quantum vibration, the concept is much simpler and more intuitive. “For me the voice is made up of vibrations that bring a different quantum frequency. It’s a resonance of vibrations with people – explains the Voice Guru -. I’m not talking about the colors of the voice, for me it’s about expressing our soul”.
Pure energy that vibrates and passes through people, hitting them in depth, in the most instinctive and non-rational areas of the human being. “My work consists in knowing the most intimate voice, through new energy, like the choice of a dress. Many times we hear complaining “I don’t like my voice”: my message is positive because it can be improved in an unlimited way, with the power you want depending on the time you dedicate”.
It’s a journey that has been and still is a huge success in the United States, everyone turns to the Voice Guru, from TV presenters to singers to show business personalities. “In Boston are the university professors who come to me because their career also depends on the voice that influences the way they teach: a teacher with a boring voice will have students with less success at the exams. And so it’s a necessity instead to make people learn successfully. A captivating voice is also reflected in the student’s success.
The voice now reflects the success and status of a person, but on condition that you respect a rule. “It must be true, authentic – underlines Mylena -. You cannot cheat or act, no fake. A theme very dear at this time to the world of information but also to the Anglo-Saxon world. Everything that is fake is not welcome, there is a need for authenticity and truth. That’s why Inborn voice works because my talent is to bring out who we are through the voice, maybe it’s a philosophical way but you have to start from ourselves, for me it has to do with a divine dimension to find a positive spiral. We need authenticity and trust: speaking with our own voice allows us to be genuine”.
There are also considerable benefits at the psychophysical level: “The vibrations always reach us: we think of a butterfly that flies away fast. Here, even the voice reaches the deep part and settles in the body and you realign”. So forget about vocals, exercises ba-ba-ba-ba ma-ma-ma, this is a method to find the voice: “Listen and listen to yourself, finding a connection with yourself. For me there are mantra words that each of us has and repeating them helps, then there are words that block us repulsive. My talent is recognizing them by talking and working with people, working on self-esteem while everyone destroys it. And it seems to work, as thousands of people turn to Mylena. Even here in Italy: from Giovanni Scialpi to actor Dino Spinella and the Youtuber Daniel Marangiolo of IPantellas.
Here is the video made during the Vocal Coaching workshop, Your Voice, Your Identity, held in London. This video is very special because in addition to showing Leicester Square decorated with Christmas markets and some of Harry Potter’s London locations, it includes a two-way interview with Elisa, one of the first to release a video testimony on the Inborn Voice method, now more than 5 years ago. This workshop is the most international of those held this year by Mylena Vocal Coach, because it includes participants from Italy (since the date of Rome was already full), from Paris (since Paris was full).
As always, also at the end of this Workshop some of the participants have chosen to give a hot witness: here they are.
Here is the transcript of the Testimonials:
Let’s give some feedback on the the workshop today
I didn’t know what to expect
I came here with an open mind, but I was really blown away by the amazing connections I’ve made with a lot of people
It showed me that if I’m really open and honest about how I’m feeling
I can reach others and touch them and help them and they can help you too
so thank you very much Mylena Vocal Coach!
I agree. This was my first time, my first experience, so I came here like open-minded to feel and to connect more with myself
I truly got my mantra which is like openness and not to put up a wall
I met also wonderful people as well for me this was a first experience I like to say you can find here your power, the power in your life
This was also for me the first experience and I didn’t know what to expect from it but I was amazing!
I Want to Thank you all you and Mylena Vocal Coach for this experience
because I’ve discovered a lots of things about myself and what I can do
So yes, this workshop is amazing!
This is my fourth experience and I would like to thank you all for being here and also thank myself to be always open to you and Mylena Vocal Coach
it’s really a powerful day when you can reach your Inborn Voice and when you feel we who you really are and feel other people
This is my third workshop with Mylena Vocal Coach, I wish they were more!
This experience was really a strong day But every time I have a workshop with with Mylena Vocal Coach with Inborn Voice I can feel the authenticity about the experience
It’s all simply about sharing energy with trust, to allow your Inborn Voice to flourish and transform your life.
So thank you all, Thank you Mylena Vocal Coach.
Hi! this is my second experience with the Inborn Voice workshop
It was an amazing and fantastic experience, full of vibes, positive energy and positive vibes.
if you if you love yourself you must try once in your life this kind of workshop
if you don’t love after yourself it’s time to start loving yourself!
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Sometimes resonances also occur in the silence of the ether. Curious how a social network like LinkedIn can prove once again that “there are no accidents” by creating a “magic”.
My followers know that I have many projects in preparation, including a new Youtube channel. “Time” is the only scarce resource for those who work on their own, for every “freelancer”. The goal of every good freelancer must be to be able to forge an intimate, firm and lasting relationship with good customers and not simply gain new clients. He/she must strive to get more serenity and “free time” for him/herself. It seems like a play on words but it’s a reality that most people are understanding.
Sometimes we work so hard to produce such small results, but if you stop and listen, our Inborn Voice often speaks to us. And it speaks to us about decisions, choices, problems that involve us at that very moment. I’ll put you below the interview Mylena Vocal Coach gave to Barbara Reverberi for the PodCast News for Freelancer.
Here’s the transcript of the entire video:
Hello welcome or welcome back to news for freelance.
This is the podcast dedicated to our life, I’m not going to linger long, I know that many of you already listen to me since a long time, others do it while they do pilates, rather than other activities and this is the magic of podcasting!
So thank you for being here and thank you for the comments and feedback you’ll give me. You know they are always welcome for a constant improvement and especially to identify the issues that are most interesting for you and that we can share.
Before introducing today’s guest, a very interesting guest, in line with my research on the voice in particular on the improvement of our vocality, “in a broader sense”. This is a bit the message, it is the legacy of the podcasting festival that was just last Saturday at the talent garden: an extraordinary event.
I would like to give you a report of this too, it left me a lot especially because I met many people, many enthusiasts and emerging podcasters. We were over 150 and I must say that it was nice to listen to meet, talk and share.
I also thank Giulio Gaudiano, who was a bit the forerunner, the one who encouraged me to start with his book, and I also thank Andrea Ciraulo because, really, with his very calm voice is very interesting.
So let’s return to the theme of voice but before doing so I remind you that I’m Barbara Reverberi I’m a journalist I deal with media relations and digital PR
Why all this freelance stuff?
Because this is my passion, but because this is my life. It’s my life! I’ve been freelancing for over seven years. after a first period of solitary freelance I realized that maybe it was better not running alone, so I decided to share this experience with a colleague Moira Perruso and then setting up “MOBA Comunicazione” and then to create Freelance Network Italia.
This is a large group of professionals in communication and digital media. Freelance Network presents itself to us al: we collaborate and present ourselves to the customer in a modular formula so we try to meet their needs in an agile way. here are a little of the news about the free lance network that is growing We formed as an association in June, if you want more information look for the freelance network Italy group, now open to everybody, and if you like what happens within this group what we share that are experience. Sometimes we even share discounts that we can get from other partners, but above all we really share news and everything that is useful to our training for our improvement.
Useful for our improvement!
So I come straight away to tell you about today’s guest Today’s guest impressed me! I read an interview dedicated to her by Roselina Salemi in the magazine ELLE some time ago I did a post on linkedin dedicated to the voice and I must say that this post has really engaged because many are interested in the voice system. I say system because it is really a complex area of interest.
Milena Origgi, also known as Mylena Vocal Coach is really an expert of the voice and run and followed several activities. She run several conferences and workshops but the extraordinary thing is that I liked her story because she started from Busto Arsizio! She initially worked mainly on Milan and then she grew so much to reach Boston where she now lives since 5 years and her project is becoming even bigger than that.
Her project is to bring the method she created called Inborn Voice around the world. the starting point is beautiful in my opinion: the voice identifies us and when we will find our originary voice, our Inborn Voice, we will have really grasped the essence of our existence and we will be able to transmit it to others.
So starting from the voice the improvement will reach and benefit our entire life! I’ll leave you really soon to Milena but I take this opportunity to bring your attention to three focal points that she will touch the first point is the originality, the second is listening to our voice but also the voice of others and sometimes I would say especially the voice of others just to enter into a relationship and create healthy relationships with the customer because this help us to work better and finally love our voice. beautiful: to love our voice! I have a question for you all. How many of you have recorded a vocal note, have listened to it again and have not loved the voice?
This is a good awareness point. This happened to me and for this reason I’m studying and working a lot on my voice from here we start also for a more extensive improvement of our very existence starting from the fact that the voice is what makes us immediately recognizable identifiable
Try to do an experiment if you were in a large room and began to speak without being seen maybe someone who knows you would identify you immediately and this I think is already extraordinary in itself
So love your own voice to improve not only our voice but ourselves! and now leave you to Milena Origgi
Hello to all news for freelance listeners following Barbara and her podcasts I am Milena Origgi, also known as Mylena Vocal Coach or the Voice Guru
My life is a real roller coaster!
I am originally from Busto Arsizio and currently live in the United States precisely in the elegant city of Boston I moved about five years ago to respond to the needs of my American customers and to further spread my method Inborn Voice in this great country
I immediately agreed to be interviewed for the podcast because this is a topic very important to me and I love to share my international experience As all of you, I have started my company from scratch by making it grow first in Milan, then throughout Italy, I opened my second studio in London, then my third in Boston and the upcoming project I’m working on are New York and Los Angeles
For more than 30 years I’ve been dealing with the voice of people, to professional voice training at 360 degrees with the method Inborn Voice and I invite you to dig a little deeper by reading my website www.inbornvoice.com or my latest book “The Way of the Voice”
The results of my work have spread so quickly and well beyond the Italian borders This unexpectedly led me to become a pioneer of online lessons and today my customers range from Hawaii islands to Hong Kong
Maybe you do not know but there are thirteen different time zones between these two extremes of the planet! So it became necessary for me to live and work in a time zone that was more central to these requirements The east coast of the United States is the perfect place!
Luckily for me more and more people understand the importance of the voice in modern interpersonal communication the famous “networking” especially in the working field and in the world of politics.
Every day so, with joy and passion, I spread my experience to managers, entrepreneurs, actors, dubbers, youtubers and clearly many freelancers! But I also love working with ordinary people, especially mothers, couples and teenagers.
Summing up all this presentation, I can say that: “What’s my secret?” Obviously the voice!
We are freelancers, for us the voice matters a great deal as for all other people but perhaps for us who must make us recognizable that we must be appreciated because we must know how to “sell” what we are the voice matters even more I want to ask you how someone can begins to train the voice?
Dear Barbara, how do we start?
With an act of will!
It is essential to recognize when our voice has some difficulty and not only “recognize,” but also to “feel” that there is a difficulty because it is from there that you start from there that you choose to do an act of will and start to discover a new land and start to cultivate your voice
Milena, The second question for you is this one: is there a way in which we can better present ourselves or better present our project to a customer How to to speak the truth during a presentation?
Voice is our most powerful business card, even powerful than a designer dress! I created the Inborn Voice method precisely because it is fundamental to “find your voice”, find your own way in this world. Too often we are confused and we mistake one of our personalities, built during our life experience, for our true identity. The fulcrum of all my work is linked to this concept, that’s why I have written the book “The way of the Voice” and my most exclusive workshop is called “Your Voice, Your Identity”.
The best way is to start looking for our true identity so that it can reflect very well what we are saying to avoid to “sell” to our customers a personality that does not correspond to us and therefore does not reflect our passion undermining the trust and credibility in front of our clients.
Can you also give us three tips to improve your voice?
I will have in many more to give!
Above all not to copy others for example looking at videos, learning generic notions and so on this makes us “standard” our originality is dispersed and we have a lot more to offer!
Second: to take a pause to listen at the harmony between our voice and the one of the client clearly during a negotiation you have no idea how much a good training affect this point.
This point alone streamlines your and my work time
I give you a simple example a freelance client of mine went from staying awake until midnight every single night to prepare the strategy to “propose” to the client to going to bed at ten after watching a movie with his family
Inborn Voice does not add burden does not add new things to know, but removes and lightens giving fast and lasting results
Third and final advice: start listening and loving your own voice so that you can hear and highlight the weak points without hiding them from yourself
Why this? Every weak point is fertile ground for your fears your uncertainties and as Simona Ventura says, these fears reach directly in the belly and can undermine the success of a job to which you have dedicated yourself for a long time.
Do you know that even a few “humming” like our “mhm”, our “but” have much value in the success of a sale?
The stats I have highlighted in thirty years of experience is almost the loss of the sale of 70 percent
Confidence gushes out in a firm and present voice that will always give you the result you expected.
You have written several books the last one, “The way of the voice” and you recognize that identity is fundamental for our voice or vice versa voice is the key to give emphasis to our identity I know that there will be a great event of yours in Milan and I would be glad if you could talk about it a little so I can leave a link in the post that will follow this podcast
Dear Barbara, of course! “Your voice, Your identity”, the identity and the voice are indissolubly linked
There will be this event, in Milan and it will be a workshop!
It ‘s my flagship one, after so many years of hard work, dedication, not always easy, I guarantee you We finally reached the thirteenth edition that will be the one in Milan
The tour began in Los Angeles, touches New York, London, Paris and last stage of 2019 will be my beloved Milan
Then I will devote myself to the following dates in 2020
What is this event all about? It is a real workshop so you will receive some brief notion and soon after we will start to reach, awaken, activate the maximum expression of your identity through the multiple potential of your Inborn Voice. I love it!
You will be the protagonists of the day and I will be your guide who will respect, free and embellish, your incredible communication tool, your voice.
You will stop using that voice that lies event to yourself and does not represent you You will remove vocal blocks, energy and physiological ones, for some is a beautiful experience in which their most hidden essence awakens
Clear examples of the feelings that you will experience can be summed up topical moments of these movies
The first is Harry Potter: imagine yourself in front of the door full of hundreds of locks that with a single key, which I call Inborn Voice, opens magically and reveals the philosopher’s stone: the treasure!
Then we also have Dead Poets Society its intensity I will make you live the same intensity.
The last film love very much and that I’ve seen hundreds of times is Eat, pray and love. when Julia Roberts summarizes the journey to find herself, the real herself, in a significant sentence: If you’re brave enough to set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you
This is what you will live at the workshop in Milan an experience closely related to your voice, your communication but the beauty of human expression that I defend every day with great passion and confidence
A greeting to all, thanks for listening a greeting to you Barbara and good freelancing!
Well dear friends who listen to me dear friends freelance have noticed the difference between my voice the voice of Milena? considerable! I have so much to work you perceive how my voice still needs to be educated and so I’m just happy to have met Milena on my way happy because in fact responded to my appeal with enthusiasm after that post on LinkedIn
So it comes to me to say how useful are the social networks when they are used with common sense and criterion even for a personal project on the other hand I thank Milena for this pill of her suggestions that are definitely useful for us to help us freelancer that we want to change the way we see the world of work with greater freedom of choice and therefore what’s better than an Inborn Voice, the one that identifies us and that we have lost over the years because of the imprinting that we received?
Then I strongly want to proceed with this path so I shared it with you I hope you listen carefully that you also go read all the information available about Milena and her method in particular I will leave you in the post also the references to find Milena
There is also an opportunity of discount for three of you who want to participate in the workshop in Milan. Milena travels the world so it’s an opportunity to have her here in Milan too if someone is particularly interested I can write in private I remember my contacts I’m on twitter, I’m on LinkedIn and of course on telegram in any case if you want to contact me and leave a message in private I’ll be happy to give you more precise information
I leave the in-depth links below the post I’m happy that Milena was our guest thank you once again and thank you especially for following me so faithfully I’m really pleased I hope to do a good job for all of us