top of page

Voice Acting and The Periodic Table of Ideas – The Not Silent Blog 04/27/2021

The Periodic Table of Ideas is here! I had the pleasure of narrating this fascinating audio book thanks to my friend and author Ben Cheung. This is the second audio book I’ve narrated for him, the previous one being The Four Elements of Thinking.

To quote the blurb…

The Periodic Table of Ideas is a collection of pivotal concepts in history spanning the disciplines of business, economics, philosophy, psychology, science, and technology. These ideas represent the pinnacle of human thought and achievement. They are among the most ingenious and enduring ideas you will ever encounter.
You can inherit these intellectual treasures by learning to apply the ideas in this book. The periodic ideas have affected the lives of billions of people across millennia. They are periodic and recur throughout history. People using them have wrought prosperity and forged progress.
  1. Philosophy Periodic Ideas guide you through your journey in life. The philosophy notions foster critical thinking and provide insights on how to think about the world. The philosophy concepts provide wisdom and mental tools for your endeavors.

  2. Science Periodic Ideas empower your thinking. These scientific concepts allow you study a subject or tackle a problem. The science notions add tools to your mental toolbox.

  3. Technology Periodic Ideas provide practical tools to propel your projects to success. The products of technology have transformed society and every aspect of our lives.

  4. Economic Periodic Ideas give your projects a financial footing. Economics indicate where your ideas will thrive and where your efforts will pay off. Economic ideas let you navigate through turbulent markets and ride creative currents.

  5. Business Periodic Ideas show you how enterprises can transform lives. Business concepts propel endeavors to success.

  6. Psychology Periodic Ideas give you a deep insight into yourself and those around you. Psychology explains the workings of your attention systems, perception, and personality.

The periodic ideas turn ideas into reality. They have been distilled from hundreds of concepts. If you want to make a difference in the world, why not build off the ideas of the most brilliant minds in history? The ideas are pivotal, recurrent, and personal.


There are a lot intriguing concepts in The Periodic Table of Ideas, but I want to focus on just one of them…Back-Casting. No, not the kind of casting us voice actors are used to. 🙂

To quote from Chapter 20,

Back-casting takes a future outcome and moves backwards in time step-by-step until the present is reached. Back-casting determines the mechanisms by which the future could be attained from the present.

How does this pertain to voice actors?

Think about what your perfect voiceover day looks like. Where do you live? Which genres are you narrating? How much money are you making?

Now think about what the day before that looks like. And the day before that. And the day before that. And all the days before that leading back to right now, wherever you are, reading this blog.

What do you need to be, do, and have to realize your perfect voiceover day? What additional training do you need? Which skills do you need to acquire or improve? How will you generate the money to fund your voiceover business?

Write all of it down. That’s your business plan. Now go make it happen!


Thursday, April 29th @8PM EST: the VO Mastery workshop, “Direct Marketing”. This 90-minute online workshop is only $59. Email Rachel Wohl at to sign up!

SOLD OUT!!! Friday, April 30th @5PM EST: The Voice Actors Studio webinar “eLearning Performance Workshop“. Learn about the world of eLearning and get some live coaching, too. If you missed this one I’m teaching it again on Thursday, May 13th. Sign up here!



Tom Dheere is a voice actor with over 20 years of experience narrating just about every type of voiceover you can think of. He also helps other voice talents navigate the voiceover industry as the VO Strategist. When not voicing or talking about voicing, he produces the sci-fi comic book Agent 1.22.


bottom of page