When I talk to people about my attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon lecture their first question is about staying awake for so long. I’m not overly concerned about that because I think the adrenalin and support I will have will certainly keep me on track. My bigger concern has always been about my voice and if I can talk for over 5 and a half days almost constantly without my voice packing up! Enter vocal coach Lucinda Worlock.
I have just had my first session with Lucinda, an introductory session where I talked a little more about the event and the challenges and she explained things we should think about. In short, it was a fascinating insight into the complexities of speaking. One golden nugget she suggested was to invest in a good quality chair so that my feet can remain in contact with the floor throughout the event! I would never have thought of that but evidently it will help me to remain grounded and in the moment. Who knew.
We talked a lot about the importance of preparation, of warming up and the type of things I should do during the event to keep my voice ticking along. It was a hugely beneficial half hour chat and I signed off feeling a lot less concerned knowing that Lucinda will get me in a good place before the event and give me a toolkit of exercises to get me through. First proper ‘training’ session is in a couple of weeks time for two whole hours ! Thanks Lucinda, you are a legend.