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Shakespeare and the English Language

10/03/2017 08:18
  Just how profound was Shakespeare’s influence on the development of the English language? Incredibly profound! Before Shakespeare’s time, written English, on the whole, was not standardized. His works contributed significantly to the standardization of grammar, spelling, and...

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...

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...

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,...

What to Look for in a Speech Trainer

10/24/2015 13:56
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