Honoring Your Voice

As a writer, your voice is one of your most powerful assets. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, novels, screenplays, marketing copy, you must accept, harness, and amplify that power to make the most impact with your words.

On a recent GoalChatLive, I discussed Honoring Your Voice with Stacia Crawford, David H Lawrence XVII, and Richard Walter. Stacia is a media strategist and founder of Stay Ready Media; David, who is an actor, voiceover artist, and educator, is founder of Narrate Your Own Book; and Richard, a long-time (now retired) screenwriting professor at UCLA, is a screenwriter and author, whose latest book is called Deadpan. The trio, who work in various aspects of storytelling (PR, voiceover, and writing), talked about the power of words, owning your voice, and more.

How to Honor Your Voice 

  • David: Your voice is far better than you think it is; realize the value of being human
  • Richard: Stop striving for perfection 
  • Stacia: Make sure you have something worth saying

Watch Our Conversation:


  • David: Reframe how you look at your voice 
  • Richard: Allow yourself to get distracted 
  • Stacia: Stop worrying about what other people think; your voice, your message, is unique to you
You have something to share - to write - say it loud and proud. That is the best way to honor your voice!

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How do you honor your voice? Please share in the comments. 

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Debra Eckerling is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. A goal-strategist, corporate consultant, and project catalyst, Debra offers personal and professional planning, event strategy, and team building for individuals, businesses, and teams. She is also the author of Write On Blogging and Purple Pencil Adventures; founder of Write On Online; host of  #GoalChatLive aka The DEB Show podcast and Taste Buds with Deb. She speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.


Karen Cioffi said...

Great panel, Debra. And interesting how to use your voice to promote you and what you want to share.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

There are times for straight "how, where, what, when" a la the old journalist’s style, but lots of people had plenty of that in their high school and college texts. I believe when people choose to buy books for their own entertainment AND their later education, they appreciate more opinion and, yes, voice.
Thanks, Deb,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks so much, Karen! It was a great conversation!

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks for your comment, Carolyn! In this social media/blogging/content age, connection is key!!!

Suzanne Lieurance said...


Great show, Debra. So many good "nuggets' for writers - I took lots of notes to share with my clients. I'll also suggest your show in my magazine and I plan to listen to your podcast more regularly.

Now - I'll try to become at peace with and honor the voice that I have.


Debra Eckerling said...

Thank you so much, Suzanne! I appreciate the support. If you are more of a podcast listener, you can also subscribe on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/goalchat/id1046414909!

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