As Shakespeare observed, “The whole world is a stage, and all men and women are but actors. They have their exits and their entrances. And a man in his time plays many roles. Or, in the case of Dr. Miluna Fausch, a woman.
Fausch found her voice as a very little girl, rocking and singing as high as she could in the backyard of her Hope, Indiana home, performing TV commercial jingles and Top 40 hits with Casey Kasem. Even then, she dreamed of becoming a superstar singer ─ or perhaps a racing driver, which explains her 2003 Mercedes Benz SL500 roadster. In red, like her hair.
Depending on how you define “superstar”, she may or may not have achieved her goal. But, if you look in the dictionary for someone who left their small town, conservative upbringing to get a bachelor’s degree in music business, with a minor in vocal performance, who went on to sing and perform on stages in nationwide, who survived the removal of a fist-sized tumor in the bone adjacent to his brain and rebuilt his voice without the benefit of hearing in his right ear, Dr Miluna Fausch is, decidedly, the definition of “Superstar”.
Fausch has long believed that the depth and breadth of his experiences warranted a book. Not necessarily what she’s been through, or even what she’s learned about endurance, resilience, and performance, but what she could teach others. In particular how to find, refine and use your voice, for good.
“UpLevel Your Communication: Evolve your Presence and Speech to Change Everything”, is designed to help readers understand the influence they could have in their sphere or beyond, if they could articulate it. Published in March by Advantage Media Group, under the Forbes Books imprint, this is accessible reading for people looking for efficiency in landing the job, funding, initiative, product launch, influence or simply want to be heard.
“My training and experiences in show business have been invaluable in the work I do with my clients,” said the Monterey resident, who now serves as an executive presenter and presentation coach. “We’re working on how to build a better voice, how to lead a meeting in front of a camera, how to conduct a media interview basically, how to come across as a rockstar.”
How, says Fausch, do we deliver a speech that connects our heart to our audience? This, she says, coupled with a keen sense of how to present ourselves, present an air of confidence, check our energy, read the room and make conscious decisions about how to say what we want to say. , is what she calls her superpower: delivery.
“We are meant to be able to find and fully express our voice in the world. If I show up looking like a million dollars when I open my mouth, will my voice match? If we can find and refine our voice,” she said, “it will not only give us confidence but also certainty. And we can always build a better voice.
Mitzi Perdue, 81, whose father co-founded and served as president of the Sheraton hotel chain, and whose late husband Frank Perdue turned his father/son chicken business into a dynasty, is credited, apart as a businesswoman, artist, designer, author and master storyteller.
While planning a TED talk, she worked with Fausch to strengthen her voice to convey the strength of her message.
An articulated company
Although Fausch has an extensive reading list in the performing arts, his work is also driven by a love of entrepreneurs and the art of business. Armed with a Ph.D. in holistic psychology, she approaches business consulting from a motivational perspective ─ what drives goal-oriented behavior, why we do what we do and why we don’t.
“As a businesswoman,” she said, “I help female CEOs, entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals grow their businesses by helping them break down the subconscious beliefs that are holding them back, so that they can increase their confidence and increase their profits. As a performing artist, I help women eliminate vocal habits that diminish their personal and professional power.
It’s no coincidence, Fausch says, that the first chapter of her book begins by discussing communication with compassion, because that, she says, is its own story and greatest lesson.
“My book is aimed at business people, professionals, managers, artists, really anyone who wants to develop their style of communication. A readable text, with eight chapters and a reminder, it can be completed, d ‘end to end,’ she said, “on a cross-country flight. By the time they land, readers will understand the power inherent in the intentional, the intentional, the speech and presentation.
On Saturday, Fausch will present his book, “UpLevel Your Communication: Evolve your Presence and Speech to Change Everything,” at Expo Dali in Monterey, from 5-7 p.m. She will speak at 5:30 p.m., followed by an articulate conversation and book signing.
His book is widely available, at River House Books in The Crossroads Carmel, Pilgrim’s Way Books in Carmel, Bookworks and Luminata Books & Gifts in Pacific Grove, Downtown Book & Sound in Salinas, and Carmel, Pacific Grove and Libraries in Monterey.