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Archive of month: August 2013

Public Speaking: Get Your Body Ready

Public speaking can be an intimidating task, but a little preparation goes a long way towards making it less daunting. Last week, we discussed how to prepare your voice for speaking in front of a group. While relaxing your face is an important component of confident public speaking, many people neglect another critical preparation technique: […]

Public Speaking: Relax!

Does the thought of standing up to speak in front of a crowd make you break into a cold sweat? If so, you’re not alone! Public speaking is one of the top reported fears in the U.S., often beating out even death! Although speaking in public may always be a daunting task, there are ways […]

Is Upspeak Damaging Your Credibility?

During the 1980s the “Valley Girl” accent started to gain widespread attention. The hallmark of this type of speech was the constant rising intonation at the end of sentences, making statements sound like questions. This pattern, called high-rising intonation or, more commonly, upspeak has become increasingly common, extending far beyond your typical “Valley Girl.” While […]

Practice Makes Perfect

One of the most common problems with speech and communication improvement is carryover—all too often, people make excellent progress during formal training, but have difficulty carrying their new found skills into their day-to-day life. This is because, like any other skill set, speech and communication must be practiced regularly to be fully learned. Without practice, […]

Losing Your Voice? Acid Reflux May Be The Culprit!

When people develop a hoarse or raspy voice, they may point the finger at several culprits: shouting, talking for an extended period of time, the common cold. But one common source of vocal irritation often gets overlooked: acid reflux. Typically when people think of acid reflux, they think of the burning, irritating digestive discomfort that […]