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Archive of month: August 2018

A Dynamic Speaking Voice Starts with Good Vocal Hygiene!

A confident, commanding speaking voice is essential to successful public speaking. It doesn’t matter how excellent the content of your presentation is: if your speaking voice is weak or unpleasant to listen to, your message will be negatively impacted. The first step to a strong, effective speaking voice begins with good habits which keep your […]

FAQ – How Do I Conquer Stage Fright?

If you get anxious when speaking in front of others, you’re in good company. Fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears in the world! Although becoming nervous before public speaking is perfectly natural, how you deal with those nerves can drastically impact the quality of your presentation. Learning to reduce your […]
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Are You Writing These American English Phrases Correctly?

  Last week we talked about common American English idioms that people often get wrong. Today we’ll talk about idiom mistakes that might not be noticeable when spoken because they sound so close to the original, but will definitely attract attention if written down. Check out the list below and make sure you’re using these […]

I would definitely recommend the course

Hi Jayne, Alina did a great job teaching me the different areas that make up effective speech. Speaking is definitely not one of my strengths, but now I know what I need to improve on and how to continue practicing better speech. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who is interested in improving […]

Are You Getting These Common English Idioms Wrong?

Most people use more idioms in everyday speech then they realize. A well-placed idioms can make your speech much more colorful and memorable, and can help convey your point in an articulate way. However, often people mishear idioms and say them wrong without realizing. These errors then get incorporated their vocabulary. Misusing an idioms can […]

FAQ: What’s the Best Way to Improve My American English Accent?

Everyone has an accent. An accent is simply a way of speaking a language that is shaped by geography, culture, and native language, among many other things. Many people embrace their accent; it reflects their heritage and culture and is an important reflection of who they are. However, an accent can become problematic if it […]