Do you ever get the feeling you’re not being understood?

There is a new tourist attraction in New York City called the Vessel. It’s a honeycomb-like structure, with 16 floors, 154 staircases, and 80 landings, and it is open to the public for our climbing and viewing pleasure (and it’s free). On a recent visit, I was determined to cover every inch, but with so […]

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Never enough time to pursue your professional goals? Try ‘mindful moments’ to create the time.

Growing up, there was always time in the summer to lay on the grass and place my undivided attention on the clouds floating above. I would watch them change in size and shape, imagining the clouds into everyday objects…a loaf of bread, an apple, a pizza…(I enjoyed food!) But for adults, there is rarely time […]

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Want to speak more confidently and concisely? Eliminate phrases like, “​In all honesty…”​ and “Actually…”​

Summer is officially here, and so is golf season. My game continues to improve, thanks to lessons with an expert and practice, practice, practice! I like to take advantage of every opportunity to tee up with business associates, friends, and family. But there is a different kind of tee-up many of us do—verbal tee-ups—that may […]

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The Power of Your Voice: Loudness

This is iSpeak Clearly’s final article in a four-part series on the power of voice and vocal health. In last month’s article, I wrote about giving power to the female voice. In this article, I’ll discuss how to make sure your voice is heard. Have you ever struggled to read the menu in a dark […]

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Giving Power to the Female Voice

This is iSpeak Clearly’s third article in a four-part series on the power of voice and vocal health. In the last article, I wrote about how impressions, both positive and negative, are formed from the quality of the speaker’s voice. In this article, I’ll discuss giving power to the female voice specifically. During a recent dinner […]

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The Power of Your Voice

This is iSpeak Clearly’s second article in a four-part series on the power of voice and vocal health. The first article, about caring for your voice to maintain vocal health, can be read here: https://ispeakclearly.com/2019/01/31/voice-first-impression/ Is there an actor who captivates you, regardless of his or her role? Or an instructor who makes even the […]

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What first impression is your voice making?

This is iSpeak Clearly’s first article in a four-part series on the power of voice and vocal health. You’ve spent hours working on your presentation, paying attention to every detail…the words, the research, the quality of the handouts, even the outfit you will wear. Your goal is to make a great first impression on your […]

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A 3-step process to change your bad habits

This is iSpeak Clearly’s fourth and final article in a series on mindfulness and mindful awareness of speaking. The first three articles can be read on the blog, beginning here: https://ispeakclearly.com/2018/06/12/mindfulness-and-communication/ How to Create New Speaking Habits In last month’s newsletter on mindful awareness and change, I discussed the general steps for making changes to […]

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Change bad habits using mindfulness skills

This is iSpeak Clearly’s third article in a series on mindfulness and mindful awareness of speaking. Find the first article here.   In my last post, I discussed how you can learn to become aware of your speaking habits and how you communicate. You must pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, so you […]

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What do a NYC food tour and public speaking have in common?

This is iSpeak Clearly’s second article in a series on mindfulness and mindful awareness of speaking. The first article is available here.   Recently I had the good fortune to go on a food tour in NYC with a friend. We made our way from one eatery to another, savoring the unique characteristics of each […]

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