Use Your Voice Successfully When Speaking

We often focus on what we should say in challenging situations in order to communicate successfully. However, our voice can support or conflict with our intended message. In fact, when listeners observe incongruent voice and words, they tend to rely on the nonverbal, vocal messages.

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Active Listening Skills

Do you demonstrate good listening skills? Listening is a critical component of effective communication…whether it is at work, in an interview, with friends, family, or even on a date.

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Can You Remember? Networking Tips

You may be attending many holiday parties and end of the year events this month. Amidst all of the frenzy, will you remember peoples’ names…will you remember your keys… will you leave the house without important items…will you remember important meetings?

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The Handshake: A Key to Effective Communication Skills

You are at a networking meeting, a job interview, or just meeting someone for the first time. Of course, you want to make a great first impression. Do you know that the basis of effective communication skills is the way to approach another individual as you first meet them?

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Take Good Care of Your Voice

We often take our voice for granted and first realize its importance when we encounter difficulties. As the months get cooler and winter season approaches, be aware of some of the situations that impact your speaking voice and learn ways to address them.

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Where there is smoke, is there fire?

On a recent vacation to Bar Harbor, Maine, we rented a car in Portland and drove three hours up to Bar Harbor. As a non-smoker, I am very sensitive to the smell of smoke. Unfortunately, our non-smoking vehicle reeked of cigarettes!

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The Three V’s of Communication

In my workshops on public speaking, professional image, and foreign accent modification, we often discuss the Three V’s (Visual, Vocal, and Verbal) and their impact on communication. 

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Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

A common fear of individuals is the fear of public speaking. According to the Book of Lists, it is ranked higher than the fear of sickness, heights, insects, or even death. As Jerry Seinfeld once said, if these statistics are true, someone would rather be in the coffin than giving a eulogy at a funeral.

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Huh? Whad’ya Say?

Yesterday, I went to buy orange roughy fish for a special recipe. The woman behind the seafood counter said they don’t have orange roughy; it is “banded.” And she looked over to the frozen section and told me to get Barramundi. 

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Can You Evaluate the Presidential Debates?

We’re approaching that time of year when we get to watch the presidential debates. Whether or not your decision is already made, the debates are an excellent way to evaluate each of the candidates while under pressure.

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