Successful Public Speaking Series – Part 1 of 3

This blog post is #1 in a three-part series on Successful Public Speaking. The impression you make as a speaker is based on what you say and how you say it. When clients come to me, they often know their speaking skills need improvement, but they’re not sure where to begin. I help them become aware of […]

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Can you remember what’s on your grocery list? The relationship between improving memory and improving speech

Memory. It’s a topic that has always interested me. Wouldn’t it be great to recall names, dates, and my grocery list more efficiently? Although I’ve read many articles and books on the subject, notable changes in my memory skills have been elusive. Recently, I attended a seminar about improving memory. I was struck by several […]

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What’s the big deal about vocal fry?

Vocal fry. It’s a hot topic, and not just among Speech-Language professionals. It’s become a mainstream topic of conversation and media coverage. You may be wondering what the big deal is or how it pertains to you. Keep reading to learn more. To fry or not to fry: The controversy around vocal fry Vocal fry […]

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Using non-verbals to communicate across barriers

Traveling is my passion. Every time I plan a vacation, I look to go somewhere new, to see something different. Over the holiday break, I had the good fortune to travel to China, and it was amazing! I climbed the Great Wall on New Year’s Day, and according to Chinese culture, I am now a […]

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Put your phone away: Give your loved ones the gift of your full attention this Holiday

December is here, and the holiday season is upon us. As we wrap up the year and prepare for the holidays, our busy lives become even busier. It’s easy to become consumed by the demands of work, shopping, socializing, friends, and family. Sometimes we forget to give the special people around us the time and […]

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5 Ways to Communicate Confidence

When it comes to making a major purchase, I like to do my research. Being a “see it, feel it, touch it” kind of person, that means going to the stores and talking to salespeople. After reading the reviews and narrowing down my choice to two possibilities, the deciding factor in a recent purchase was […]

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A different kind of tee-up

Anyone who knows me well knows I love to play golf. During the summer, I take advantage of every opportunity to “tee it up.” This expression, which means, simply, “play golf,” refers to placing the ball on the tee and hitting it (hopefully straight and in the fairway!) to start each hole. Keep reading to […]

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Foundations

Accent Modification is Like Laying a Foundation Exploring accent modification is much like laying the foundation for a new home. Before you pour the foundation, you must first consider all the variables: type of soil, style of home to be built, materials, and more. Then you must follow the steps necessary to lay the foundation, […]

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How do we start the change process?

Six Steps to Change Consider: What aspects of your speech and communication are causing fear or frustration? What are your challenges? Do you lack confidence in your public speaking skills? If so, why? Does your voice convey confidence? Is it easily heard? Do others have difficulty understanding you? Is your foreign accent or regional dialect interfering […]

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The more you change, the more you stay the same

Writing a blog is a change for me, so it seemed an appropriate topic for the first post! Read on to learn: Why I don’t have to say “cawfee” to be a New Yorker How change starts with just one word As corny as it sounds, I love a good cliché to summarize my thoughts […]

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