PRESS: “What is…” Wednesday – Why Should PR Folks Make Us Laugh? An Improvisational Take

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Ever see the Steve Martin/Rick Moranis classic “My Blue Heaven?”In it, the incomparable Joan Cusack asserts that people are either “The Funny One,” or “The Smart One,” assuming most people are NOT both.

Emmy nominee and PRSA Western District Conference presenter Hilary Blair, however, begs to differ.

A popular voice-over artist and actor who teaches voice, public speaking, and voice-over for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the National Theatre Conservator, Hilary is currently preparing to lead a group of PR peeps (myself included) in a full-on Improv Workshop at the Conference in March. More details here

So, this got me to thinking…

Hilary – why does comedy have a place in the work day?

Comedy and creative play is – or at least should be – part of our daily lives.  As adults, we move away from play – or separate out play time from our serious work time.  What most people don’t understand is that play itself is about exploration and constructive problem solving, not mere frivolity. While it sometimes gets a bad rap, play and comedy can play a very serious part in the learning process.

Humor can also help get to the core of issues in business – responses while at play and when in the throes of laughter are often from the gut. Our gut responses to most things are all too often dead on – if only we would listen.  Some of us have turned a deaf ear to our own brilliant ideas!

When we make time for play and comedy, we give ourselves a chance to get back to listening to that small voice, trusting that tiny prod to move forward in a certain direction – to try a crazy idea or look at something from a new angle.

Every day is a chance to rekindle our playful creativity for life and work.

PRESS: How to Be A Communication Chiropractor

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PRESS: Realigning Your Voice with Sheri Fitts on “Women Rocking Wall Street”

Episode 24: Realigning Your Voice
Guest: Hilary Blair

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Happy summer, everyone! This week, I’m excited to invite a communication chiropractor to Women Rocking Wall Street. You’re probably thinking, “What the heck is a communication chiropractor?” Hilary Blair, CEO of ARTiculate: Real & Clear, helps clients align verbal and nonverbal communication with their messages. The result is a voice that connects the head, heart and spirit.

On this episode, Hilary walks us through vocal habits that can unintentionally send messages of insecurity, indecisiveness and all that other bad stuff. Maybe you’re using a little girl voice to avoid being “too much,” or perhaps you’re trailing off at the end of sentences because you’re scared to push an idea. Or maybe you’ve reverted to the “surfer-dude voice,” known as vocal fry, because you don’t want to seem overly enthusiastic.

Whatever the case, a little practice and awareness can give your voice warmth and clarity. Strive for musicality with a nice blend of bass and treble. And be sure to use inflection, which guides listeners through a message, Hilary says.

I hope you enjoy this episode and it inspires you to try out a speaking organization such as Toastmasters. You don’t have to be an expert to join; in fact, it’s the perfect place to practice public speaking in a supportive environment.

For more information about Hilary’s company, visit, or find her onLinkedIn. Also be sure to check out VASTA—the Voice and Speech Trainers Association—where Hilary is a member.

And, hey!  Share this podcasts with your friends and colleagues AND even recent college graduates. The inspiration will go much further with your help.

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PRESS: Five Ways to Train Your Voice to Sound Powerful on MSNBC

Five Ways to Train Your Voice to Sound PowerfulOriginally posted on the Levo League website, this article on vocal habits by Corie Hengst is now on MSNBC. The article features Hilary speaking about vocal fry, laser voice, filler words and code switching. (more…)

PRESS: Don’t Give Away Your Power, Radio Interview with Angie Austin

Hilary on Daybreak USA with Angie AustinDon’t Give Away Your Power!

Hilary joined Angie Austin on DaybreakUSA to talk about vocal habits and power- what they mean, how they affect us, and how to be aware. Listen here!




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