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Don’t Let Your Accent Interfere With Your Success!

Doubletree Hotel, Tarrytown, New York Jayne Latz, M.A.,CCC-SLP, President of Corporate Speech Solutions Do people frequently ask you to repeat what you just said? Do you lack confidence in many social or professional settings when asked to speak? Please join us at the Annual Toastmasters Conference to learn many valuable tips on improving communication skills. […]
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Welcome to Corporate Speech Solutions!

Welcome to the official blog of Corporate Speech Solutions, a New York City and Long Island based service specializing in helping clients to improve their speech and communication skills in the workplace. Whether conducting a business meeting, interviewing for a job, or trying to establish relationships with clients, the importance of clear communication in the […]
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Avoid the Filler Trap!

When speaking in casual conversation, we often interject fillers into our speech. Fillers are sounds, words and phrases that contain no real meaning, but are often used to keep one’s speech flowing. Some of the most commonly used fillers are sounds like “um” and “uh”; single words such as “like”, “right?”, “well” and “maybe”; and […]
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Avoid the Filler Trap! Part 2: Recognizing Your Personal Patterns

In our last post, we discussed how reducing the use of filler words in your speech can help you sound more clear, confident and professional. We addressed the first step in filler word reduction: awareness of how often you use filler words. This week, we will discuss the second step in our four-word filler reduction […]
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Avoid the Filler Trap: Part 3, Anticipate and Pause

Over the last few posts, we’ve discussed what filler words are, how they harm your speech and message, and how you can become more aware of your filler word usage. This week we conclude our series on filler words with the final steps in the filler reduction process: Anticipate and Pause.
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First Official “Gather and Share” Event!

On Monday night (Sept 13) we had our first “Gather and Share ” event designed to introduce individuals interested in taking our accent reduction programs to the trainers, materials, and basic overview of our program. We also provided techniques right then and there to positively impact one’s speech and professional development.  Although the skies opened up just at 6:30 […]
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Helpful Hints for Telephone Communication

It is said that up to 93% of communication is non-verbal. In day-to-day communication, this means that your facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, and overall body language play a huge role in helping your listener to understand your message. However, when speaking on the telephone, none of those visual cues are available to your or […]
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More Helpful Tips for Telephone Communication

More Helpful Tips for Telephone Communication  Last week we began our discussion of ways to make the most out of your telephone communication. This week, we continue with some easy tips and tricks to make sure you are understood by your listener on the phone. One major issue with telephone communication is the inability to […]
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It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It

In a recent blog posting, we mentioned that non-verbal activity is said to account for up to 93% of communication. Since non-verbal skills play such a huge role in how your message is received, this week’s blog will focus on developing these skills to make the most out of your communication. One important factor in […]
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Slow and Steady

Last week, we discussed how your intonation can affect how people perceive you and how they receive your message. In this post, we will continue our discussion on non-verbal skills and focus on how your rate of speech can positively or negatively affect your communication.  Many people, when nervous or excited, tend to speak too […]
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What Does Your Body Language Say About You?

Often people are so focused on what it is they’re saying that they lose sight of the fact that the way they move and hold themselves can communicate just as much as their words. Your listener is able to gain a great deal of information simply by observing the way that you move, gesture, and […]
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