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Becoming a Better Communicator-- It's Never Too Late to Learn

07/07/2017 14:20
Frequently the first question people ask when they come to my office is “Can I really change my voice?” or “Is it really possible to change the way I talk?” The answer I typically offer is, “You absolutely can— with good instruction and diligent practice.” You have a unique relationship with the...

To Lead Well, Speak Well

07/03/2017 12:53
When speaking to large groups of employees, remember that your tone of voice and body language are just as important as  what's being said. When verbal and nonverbal signals are inconsistent, listeners will focus attention on nonverbal factors rather than your actual words…cont.

Does This Name Make Me Sound High Fat?

12/01/2016 08:58
For my liguistics-loving clientele! Excerpted from  The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu  by Dan Jurafsky.  Could the names of some foods make them sound heavier or lighter than others? This seems unlikely; after all, as Shakespeare said in Romeo and...

The Importance of "Soft Skills" in Engineering Fields

11/29/2016 09:57
Judith Weinman Lately, I have found myself working with more and more engineers, especially chemical engineers. The relevance and importance of "soft skills," in relation to the ability to communicate, within the field of engineering should not be underestimated. In academia, students must be...

Making the "W" Sound

10/26/2016 14:17
Tips for Producing the "w" Sound   Many of my Indian, German, Chinese, Korean, Middle Eastern and other clients find the “w” sound in English to be especially challenging. The advice I give is this: To make the /w/ sound, you’re just rounding your lips and blowing air with sound (voice) out of...

Speak From Your Gut

10/26/2016 13:20
Speak From Your Gut When people say "Speak from the gut" or "Trust your gut,” they are advising their listener to trust their instinct or “inner voice.” There really is a lot of wisdom in those words, in many ways. First, your power source for speech, air, is most effective when you allow it to...

Nonverbal Accents

10/26/2016 13:11
  Nonverbal Accents While speaking with a client of mine from Thailand recently, I raised my eyebrows at one point because I hadn't heard what she had said. Puzzlingly, shejust nodded. Then I said, "I'm sorry, I didn't understand the question." After she repeated the question, she...

Language Learning Boosts Brain Plasticity...

10/26/2016 13:09
Language Learning Boosts Brain Plasticity & Ability To Code New Information -An interesting article by Catharine Paddock  Researchers found that the more languages a volunteer had mastered, the faster the brain circuits coding new information reacted.   In a paper published...

Talk to the animals!

08/09/2016 10:40
One of the greatest boons of having a pet is that it allows one to talk to oneself. Since we're the first hearers of our own voice, the vocal endearments we lavish on our pet grace our own ears too. Having a pet and petting it activates a loving voice that cossets not just the pet but also its...

Listening Facts

07/25/2016 18:05
LISTENING AND BUSINESS  Listening has been identified as one of the top skills employers seek in entry-level employees as well as those being promoted (AICPA, 2005; Goby & Lewis, 2000; Hynes, & Bhatia, 1996; James, 1992; Maes, Weldy, & Icenogle, 1997; Waner,...
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