VOICE: A Multifaceted Approach to Self-Growth and Vocal Empowerment
VOICE mentors the self-examination of your voice and the related emotional processes. Once you get to know yourself, become increasingly self-aware and acknowledge your vulnerabilities as well as your talents, your voice and your message will become more powerful. As a result, you will build self-confidence, express yourself better and be heard.
Do you experience your voice as a limitation or a blockage? Do you feel that you are not always being heard? Does your voice change according to the situation you’re in? This book provides an answer to why your voice doesn’t always seem to be in your control.
From the age of fourteen I struggled with stage fright, and since then I have come a long way in learning to deal with this. Now, I’m excited to share in this book the knowledge I gained in the field of vocal developement.
I explain my own experiences and those of my clients within two theoretical frameworks: the polyvagal theory and the theory of positive disintegration. The exercises I offer are practical, down to earth, and will contribute to your personal development.
“When all eyes were on me, tension went to my throat and my voice started trembling. I wanted to speak with confidence and have a more powerful voice in presentations, during meetings and in groups when telling a story. Laura has helped me to understand what holds me back, how my voice works and how I can reconnect with it.” – Kim (one of my students)
You can purchase VOICE as paperback and eBook on Amazon, Bol.com, Barnes & Noble and other (online) book stores. If you live in The Netherlands, you can also buy the book via useyourvoice.nl, my website for voice coaching.
“This book is an eye opener for everybody who works with the voice. Likewise for people who want to learn more about their voice, those who speak for a living, and for voice coaches who guide professionals to increase their vocal possibilities. What makes it different from other books? Stavinoha maps out the inner factors which take influence on the voice and make it sound as it does, especially during stress situations. By including her own journey, it becomes very personal and ‘breathes’ both experience and expertise. It’s clear, accessible, profoundly researched and combines abstract definition with practical hands-on application how to implement the insights. Especially the explanation of the overexcitabilities bridge the gap why working with the voice is more than just exercising to change vocal habits. I have been coaching leaders of corporate companies for over eleven years on their vocal skills and physical presence. VOICE has put the dots on the I for me. Read it.”
—Claudia Kratzheller, coach for embodied presence, public speaker and yoga instructor
“I am so excited for the world to have this gem! What a unique 360-degree picture of the singing voice from this scholar of a woman on the subject. There is NOTHING out there like this to date, and this book has a chance of going down in time being used by universities and vocal students everywhere. This is the first of its kind with new research that has not been talked about anywhere else. If you’re a singer of any kind or singer curious but shy, this book is for you. Stavinoha offers us a new perspective on speaking and singing, with as added bonus an emphasis on being an overall good human—something our society desperately needs right now.”
—Jennifer Zuiff, recording artist, holistic vocal coach and creator of Conscious Singing & Vocal Tribe
“Stavinoha brings together various facets of growth, translating them into practical exercises. This book has enormous value, reaching far beyond the music world. As a therapist and trainer, it is a pleasure to read and use the exercises—for myself, in treatments and in trainings.”
—Lia Jaeqx – van Tienen, nurse practitioner mental health and therapist
“A journey that guides you from unconscious voice habit to conscious use of the voice. You’ll learn to play your voice purposefully, as a musical instrument, with clear effect on yourself and your listeners. Many people who work with their voice will be inspired by this.”
—Cees Manintveld, founder of MultiVoice International Voice Agency