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Changing a Speech Habit (with regards to accented sounds)

10/09/2017 14:53
Changing any habit is hard. And changing speech habits is especially difficult because they are deeply rooted and often an indelible part of who we are. And when we are talking about changing the way we sound, especially when it is part of an accent pattern, they are really ingrained.   I’ve...

The Secret to Making a Good Speech Great?

09/09/2017 14:49
Sing it! Now hear me out— I’m not saying you should serenade your department with the results of the last quarter’s earnings. But— singing your speech can actually be an excellent strategy for improving all aspects of your vocal delivery. Here’s why. When you sing, you are connecting your words on...

A Fun English Poem

09/09/2017 11:16
Our Strange Lingo When the English tongue we speak. Why is break not rhymed with freak? Will you tell me why it's true We say sew but likewise few? And the maker of the verse, Cannot rhyme his horse with worse? Beard is not the same as heard Cord is different from word. Cow is cow but low is...

Hot drinks are soothing; they’re good for the voice, right?

09/09/2017 10:04
A nice hot cup of tea is comforting, but even after you remove the caffeine, the lemon, and the honey or sugar, you’re still left with a problem: the heat. The temperature of a fluid affects the tissue it comes in contact with. Heat causes blood vessels to dilate (open up), allowing the liquid...

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...

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...

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...

Nonverbal Accents

07/25/2016 09:55
  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, she just nodded. Then I said, "I'm sorry, I didn't understand the question." After she repeated the question, she told me that she had thought...

Is Stress Stressing You Out?

04/20/2016 08:41
My non-native English speaking clients are sometimes surprised to discover that what is making them difficult to understand by others has as much to do (or more) with stress factors than it does with the sounds they are using.   Every language has a unique “music.” Think of overhearing a group...
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