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Roger Love says your voicemail message is all wrong

Larry King NowDec 09 '16

Famed vocal coach Roger Love – who has worked with Selena Gomez and Tony Robbins – explains why most people’s voicemail messages are all wrong, and the easy way to improve them.

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Shawn King: I read that you encourage people to change their outgoing messages.

Roger Love: Right, so let me give you a couple of takeaways including that. Most people will go down in volume and melody when they get to a comma or a period. So on their answering machine in says ‘hi, this is Roger Love.’ So I went down, but when you go down in music, you’re basically saying ‘I’m done. La la la la la. Oh wait a minute, there’s more. Don’t fall asleep. But no.’ So we’ve been taught to go down in commas and periods, but that literally like I said that bores the heck out of people. So if you say ‘hi this is Roger Love’ you’re saying Love’s not good. You’re apologizing for your name, as if that was somehow bad. So you have to learn to at least stay on the same note, or go up, ‘this is Roger Love.’ I’m going up in melody and I’m not getting softer. So if we learned to stop going down when we got to commas or when we got to periods people would be more engaged.

Larry King: What do you tell people about a balloon in their stomach?

Roger Love: I tell them that great breathing happens when you breathe in through your nose and most people are losing their voices because they’re breathing in through their mouths.

Larry King: And you get dry.

Roger Love: Both of you take a breath in like this. You feel how drying it is? Now breathe in through your nose. Not drying. There are filters in your nose called turbinates, and you’re supposed to breathe in through your nose so you never lose your voice.

Larry King: Pay attention folks.

Roger Love: So that your voice never gets hoarse.

Shawn King: But there are singers though that, for effect, there’s a la la la or whatever so –

Roger Love: That’s right, like Michael Jackson.

Shawn King: So do you tell them – yeah, perfect example.

Roger Love: Michael Jackson made history because people wanted to hear every breath.

Shawn King: Right. Did he breathe through his nose?

Roger Love: But, he also learned how to do diaphragmatic breathing through his nose, and when he wasn’t making that sound he would breathe in through his nose so that he could sing all the time.

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