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I received a lovely compliment this morning – but it’s really a compliment for Paul. The Chapel Attendant, John, at the Crem where I work a lot told me a story about a Celebrant he holds in high esteem- a gentleman who retired recently. John then told me that I’m the only Celebrant he knows who is as good as that chap, because I make the eulogy flow naturally, rather than speaking like most of the other Celebrants, who sound like they’re preaching or reading from a story book. This Chapel Attendant even recommended me for his brother-in-law’s funeral. So, the voice training clearly did the trick Paul – thank you for helping us all to be the best we can x
Glynis Haveron – again!
I had a number of voice training sessions with the wonderful Paul Robinson, excellent voice over artist and Celebrant.
Paul taught me how to confidently deliver those ceremonies – how to use my breath, how to infuse emotion, how to make the script appear as if it is just occurring to me, truly a skill I did not know I needed, but it has made such a difference to my delivery.
And it’s also the reason why I now, as completely tone deaf and unmusical as I am, I croon along to all the songs on the car radio, to help condition my voice for speaking – other car drivers must think I’m a nutter when they pass me, because I really get into it!
“Paul Robinson is an alchemist. The definition is: A person who transforms or creates something through a seemingly magical process.
When someone has the ability to help you to weave your written words into something that touches others, then that is alchemy. You may have written a beautifully crafted piece or you might have written something you feel is quite average. You read it to Paul and he helps you to transport it into a living memory…there is a chemical reaction that happens when he highlights to you that those words need to come from your heart space as if they were new thoughts to you. He teaches you how to pause, as if there is a new idea, a new memory and bring it to life. That sense of making your words come “alive” can bring depth, range and meaning to others in the way you present them. You can have the most amazing speaking voice… but if you have not had the training that Paul offers… or have had speech training… there is no way that you can deliver them in a way that makes your words have “life”. He helps you to add colour, strength and majesty to your words. Having had the hardest task of conducting a funeral for a dear, dear friend, I can truthfully say that without Paul’s help and guidance, I would not have been able to do so and honour her with anchorage and trust that my voice would be heard, and my delivery would be authentic.
As I said… Paul is an alchemist. I thank my lucky stars for his training.”
P.A.T.E.R. radio award (World’s Best Afternoon Show); Masefield Poetry-Speaking Prize (Rose Bruford College); Golden-Twig Award for overacting at the Mercury Theatre; Cycling Proficiency (99%!); 25 Yards Breaststroke.