Staying Alive

This whole conversation about voice boils down to one question:
how alive are you willing to be?

Inhabiting your full voice makes you feel more alive.
You breathe deeply.
Your body is engaged.
Your heart is open.
Your face is animated.
You are completely present in the moment.

We do our best work from a place of deep aliveness.
We notice things you wouldn’t otherwise and connect with people at a deeper level.
We’re able to access our own gifts and freely offer them.

What better way to spend the rest of your life….

In the words of the 15th century poet and mystic, Kabir:
When you were born, you cried,
And the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
The world cries and you rejoice.

(These words have been beautifully set to music by Jody Healy.  My version – called “Navajo Chant” – is available on iTunes.)


About Barbara McAfee

Barbara is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformational power of sound. Her book, Full Voice: The Art & Practice of Vocal Presence (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) was a #1 Amazon bestseller in Business Communication. The book is based on her 25 years as a voice coach, supporting people from many professions in learning how to access the full power and expression of the voice in service to their work and relationships. Barbara’s musical keynotes blend practical content, sophisticated humor, and thought-provoking questions on topics including voice, leadership, and engagement. She was “the band” for Margaret Wheatley’s Women’s Leadership Revival Tour, which visited 15 North American cities. She also appears with authors Parker Palmer and Peter Block. Barbara has produced seven CD's of mostly original music and is founder of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer hospice choir in the Twin Cities. She lives across the street from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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