Each May, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) recognizes Better Speech and Hearing Month, a campaign designed to raise public awareness of communication issues: signs and symptoms of disorders, how they can impact day-to-day life, and how a speech-language pathologist can help. In honor of ASHA’s campaign, today we’re focusing our blog on corporate speech-language pathology: what it is and how it can help you to advance your professional communication and your career.
Typically the field of speech-language pathology focuses on helping people who have communication disorders or deficits. While corporate speech-language pathologists are also trained to work with people with communication disorders, they also specialize in working with people who may not have a disorder, but would like to improve their communication skills. Corporate speech-language pathologists help people take their communication skills to the next level to improve their performance in the workplace and advance their career. Here are just a few of the ways that a corporate speech-language pathologist can help you make your communication skills your most powerful professional tool:
- Accent Reduction: Many speakers find that a particularly strong foreign or regional accent interferes with their ability to communicate effectively in the workplace. Corporate speech pathologists often specialize in accent reduction and modification. They can help identify the particular sounds that are causing the most trouble, and help an individual to modify their accent so they can communicate with clarity and confidence.
- Public Speaking: Whether it’s speaking at a meeting, giving a formal presentation, or simply leading a group discussion, the ability to communicate your ideas in a clear, confident manner when speaking to a group is critical to professional success. Corporate speech-language pathologists can help you develop the presentation skills and the confidence to engage your audience and become a dynamic public speaker.
- Speech Improvement: Do people tell you that you speak too quickly or too quietly? That you mumble or run your words together? Are you often asked to repeat what you said? Poor speech habits not only make it difficult for others to understand your message, it can also project an image of unprofessionalism. Speech training can help pinpoint the qualities of your speech that are standing in your way.
Want to learn more? If you have questions or are interested in improving your communication skills, give me a call at 212-308-7725 or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!
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