Date: 25 May 2021

This talk will introduce the audience to the importance of tone of voice and the effects this has on the listeners.  It will discuss aspects of neurodiversity, and how unconscious influences have subtle ways of making us speak differently to different groups. We will explore how the tone of voice is key to building good working relationships with your clients. The importance of correct tone and how this affects the brain chemistry of the listeners will be investigated. Also, how neuroscience has played a crucial role in the understanding of the two most important brain hormones, Cortisol and Oxytocin and how these two chemicals affect the learning potential of audiences and clients.

Dr Hendy will explore the mechanics of the voice and how sound is made. There will be a section on how to improve your voice through the understanding of vocal anatomy and the use of voice exercises, in order to build an effective voice. There will be an introduction to the different tone colours used in speech and the ways these can be employed.  The talk will finish with a review of the skills of vocal delivery that are needed to make the voice expressive, spontaneous and full of vitality.


Dr. Lesley Hendy EdD MA ADSD (Central School) LGSM has worked in education for 50 years both in the Primary and Secondary sectors and in teacher training. She is a former Senior Lecturer in Drama and Education and a Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She trained in Voice at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Her publications include ‘Voice Workshop’ a book about voice for teachers (NATE pub), a series of articles for teachers on the training of children’s voices called ‘A Voice for Life’ for the Primary English Magazine. Voice articles for teachers in ‘Teaching Expertise’ a teachers’ magazine and ‘Word Matters’, the Journal for the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.  ‘Speak2Learn’, a handbook for Primary School Teachers was published by PCET. She has developed of a voice training method called ‘the5voices, with research help from a neuroscientist at the University of Essex.



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