Need A Quick HR Pick-Me-Up: Just Clench


Brain mush.

Srunchy-face in full-swing cause you can’t focus on your computer any longer.

Coffee – not doing the trick – wow.

Diet Mountain Dew – not doing the trick – double wow.

So, it’s time to pull out the big guns and do the one thing that will work. A series of booty clenches.  

I have a great friend, Darla, who is on opera singer.  Spent years in Europe (Germany, Italy, etc.) singing her heart out.  She is definitely world-class.  And a great voice teacher (mine in fact).  Her husband, Paul, is world-class too.  Juliard grad.   Fantastic voice professor and choir director and organist.

Year’s ago I would get invited by Paul to sing High Holy Day’s services with a kickin’ choir.  Essentially we sang services for 3 days.  That’s a lot of singing and a lot of sitting throughout sermons, prayers, etc. Enough sitting, in fact, to make one want to grab a little shut-eye before the next song.

But that cannot happen.  Shut-eye sorta gets your voice “un” warmed up.  So Darla gave me the trick that opera singers do if they have to wait hours between scenes:  Clinch your booty over and over and over again.  

It works at work too.  Most don’t even know you are doing it. Don’t be afraid.  I know you will act like you aren’t going to try it, but I know you will.

Maybe someone will add booty clenches to their gamified wellness app.  Hmmmmm.

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Dawn Hrdlica-Burke

VP People & Culture/ Talent Consulting at Kinetix. Advisor. Speaker. Writer.

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