By Gerry Murray. 23-05-2021
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"Once someone asked me three words that best describe me and I said 'Loud, Louder, and Loudest'!" ~ Anastacia Lyn Newkirk

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Recently our teenage daughters have started complaining that both my wife and I are yelling at them at the dinner table when we think we're just talking to them normally! 

Now, this is rare - coming from teenagers - or is it? 

Like so many of you, most of my and my wife's work conversations these days are online with headphones and a microphone. As some of you know, I record quite a bit of video and audio content for my online learning app. So, we often have to align our agendas so I know that my wife won't be on a call in the next room when I'm going to record because otherwise, she's going to be in your next training video! 

I decided to do some research and it seems that we're not alone. Yet, people are still trying to figure out why have some of us have gotten louder in our vocal expression since the pandemic

One thing I've discovered is that it could be caused by having our audio input too high in our headphones. We hear others quite loudly therefore we feel compelled to be loud back when it's our turn to speak.

Of course, I was also trained to up my energy from the front of the room as a trainer to keep everyone else's energy up and it's also well-known advice to increase the volume of your voice when recording video. 

Therefore, what appeared to be a trade secret seems to now be working against me.

So, now I'm curious to hear your stories. But, please don't shout! 


Until next week...


PS! Some really cool podcast conversations coming up in the coming weeks...

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My new neighbours listen to Metallica really loud all hours of the night!
I mean, they may not want to, but they do.

A lost dog strays into a jungle. A lion sees this from a distance and says with caution "this guy looks edible, never seen his kind before".
So the lion starts rushing towards the dog with menace. The dog notices and starts to panic but as he's about to run he sees some bones next to him and gets an idea and says loudly "mmm...that was some good lion meat!". 
The lion abruptly stops and says " Woah! This guy seems tougher than he looks, I better leave while I can". 
Over by the tree top, a monkey witnessed everything. Evidently, the monkey realizes that he can benefit from this situation by telling the lion and getting something in return. So the monkey proceeds to tell the lion what really happened and the lion says angrily "get on my back, we'll get him together". 
So they start rushing back to the dog. The dog sees them and realized what happened and starts to panic even more. He then gets another idea and shouts "where the hell is that monkey! I told him to bring me another lion an hour ago..."

A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push.

"Not a chance," says the husband, "it is 3:00 in the morning!" 
He slams the door and returns to bed. 
"Who was that?" asked his wife.
"Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers. 
"Did you help him?" she asks. 
"No, I did not, it's 3 am in the morning and it's bloomin' well pouring with rain out there!" 
"Well, you have a short memory," says his wife. "Can't you remember about three months ago when we broke down, and those two guys helped us? 
I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself! 
"God loves drunk people too you know." 
The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pounding rain. 
He calls out into the dark, "Hello, are you still there?" 
"Yes," comes back the answer. 
"Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband. 
"Yes, please!" comes the reply from the dark. 
"Where are you?" asks the husband. 
"Over here on the swing," replied the drunk...

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