Inspiring people are everywhere, if you look. If you want a healthy life, become accountable to yourself that you are surrounding yourself with influencers. Even if you “must” be around a toxic person, learn to steer the conversation away from negativity so that you both can benefit. If you just “have to” be with someone daily that you find depletes you, limit that amount of time. Fill yourself up, instead, with positive influences including inspiring people, yoga, uplifting information, nature, spiritual literature, creative imagery, and a purpose that fills your heart and soul with good feelings and a sense of accomplishment that you are living your life to your peak potential.
I meet so many inspiring people online who practice yoga and I am constantly urging people to tune into their own inner voice. Christina captured my attention because she shares those common interests. I’m thrilled to share with you, my new communication and voice friend Christina Laura-Nuernberger:
SS: How do you know when you wanted to do this and why?
CLN: My career lightning bolt moment hit me as I was sitting in a five day voice workshop in Pennsylvania. For as long as I could remember, I had been seeking to integrate the two things I enjoyed most: art and science. I had been a performer, singing and dancing my way through the early years and into a degree in music, meanwhile devouring books and courses on anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation. As I sat in a cool, darkened theater watching in wonder as magnified vocal folds moved on the screen, I realized the perfect intersection of my two opposite, yet extraordinarily intertwined interests: I wanted to rehabilitate the voice. I would become a voice specialist within the field of speech-language pathology. Fast-forward a couple years, and the presenter of that Pennsylvania course was mentoring me through a voice certification as I was completing my Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Now five years later I work clinically to rehabilitate injured voices and consult with singers, actors, teachers, business professionals, and other public speakers to optimize performance while honoring an authentic voice.
SS: What is most rewarding about what you do?
CLN: The dynamic nature of my daily professional life, paired with the ability to help others, is incredibly rewarding and creates so much joyful energy. I am able to support the improvement of others from the inside out, as together we come to understand, manage, plan, and perform to meet or exceed our voice and communication goals.
SS: I’ve read that your voice is an important component in how people interpret you. Can you “improve” your speaking voice? how?
CLN: On the most basic level, our voice is a primary way we express ourselves. Supporting others to identify and then manifest an authentic, healthy voice is the foundation of my approach. Whether I am working with a patient recovering from vocal injury, supporting voice modification along the path for transgender clients, refining a singer’s technique, sharing vocal health tips with business professionals, modifying intonation with an accent modification client, or working alongside public speakers on presentation skills, I first help to identify the components being worked on, increase awareness of the voice, and then support a training process which leads to clients literally sharing their voices with the world. Using the voice for speaking or singing can be trained like any other physical skill. Just as a yogi combines body parts (arms, hands, legs, feet, torso, etc.) to complete different poses, speakers and singers can combine the components of voicing (including: vocal folds, thyroid cartilage, velum, false vocal folds, cricoid cartilage, among others) to produce different voice qualities. Singers, speakers, athletes, or yogis can improve their practice or craft by cultivating focused, deliberate practice and training in an incremental, systematic way. Improving the voice can be approached within the context of the whole person: a blend of art and science allowing us to speak an inner truth clearly, both personally and professionally.
Christina is the owner of CLNvoice & Communication Solutions LLC, a Denver-based company providing voice training, accent modification, and business communication consulting via in-person and online sessions. When she isn’t supporting the voice and communication of others, Christina can be found tuning into her own inner voice with yoga, meditation, and Pilates.
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