One fish two fish Donna likes blue fish

by Lee Hopkins on May 26, 2007 · 4 comments

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The Cat in the HatThat wise, erudite and all-round wonderful Canadian communications chanteuse, Donna Papacosta, points us to the importance of voice training, whether we are podcasters, newsreaders or just plain-ol-’ornery conference speakers and presenters.

Donna recommends the Dr Seuss books, as does the resident sage at Voices.com’s Vox Daily blog, Stephanie Ciccarelli.

As Nancy, one of the commentors to Stephanie’s post says,

“For years, I’ve used ONE FISH TWO FISH to guide my clients who struggle with “what word[s] should I emphasize in the line of ad copy so that I don’t sound announcery?!?” There is ONE KEY TRICK buried in that book that is 100% analagous to the necessary rhythms of ad copy (esp. TV copy). It works every time.”

Run down to your local library now and grab a copy. Since Donna is the closest I know to voice perfection (and waaaaay in advance of me), I take her advice very seriously and will be borrowing a few Dr Seuss’ myself later today… after all, the requests for me to speak are starting to flow in — Perth in July, Melbourne and Sydney again July/Aug/Sept and November, South Africa in August…

  • http://trafcomnews.com/ donna papacosta

    My dear Lee, I am delighted that you’re winning all these speaking engagements. But I must say that I laugh at the thought of you walking up to the podium and reciting “Green Eggs and Ham” or is it “Vegemite and Ham”?

  • http://trafcomnews.com donna papacosta

    My dear Lee, I am delighted that you’re winning all these speaking engagements. But I must say that I laugh at the thought of you walking up to the podium and reciting “Green Eggs and Ham” or is it “Vegemite and Ham”?

  • http://www.live365.com/stations/claren44 Clarence Jones

    The original site has been taken down (cease & desist from Seuss Enterprises), but you can get two of the most wonderful Dr. Seuss tracks at the WFMU blog [http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/03/mp3_truffles_sp_1.html] (see second paragraph-March 14,2007 post). Finally availible at popular prices (free!), Dylan Hears a Who: Rare Dylan recordings from 1965-66 (or at least they sound like Rare Dylan recordings from 1965-66)!
    Just couldn’t resist…you’ll never hear “Green Eggs and Ham” the same way again!
    Love & Peace, Clarence

  • http://www.live365.com/stations/claren44 Clarence Jones

    The original site has been taken down (cease & desist from Seuss Enterprises), but you can get two of the most wonderful Dr. Seuss tracks at the WFMU blog [http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/03/mp3_truffles_sp_1.html] (see second paragraph-March 14,2007 post). Finally availible at popular prices (free!), Dylan Hears a Who: Rare Dylan recordings from 1965-66 (or at least they sound like Rare Dylan recordings from 1965-66)!
    Just couldn’t resist…you’ll never hear “Green Eggs and Ham” the same way again!
    Love & Peace, Clarence

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