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Use It or Lose It! Practice for Communication Success

How often do you take the time to practice your communication skills? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably, “not enough!” One of the most common problems with communication training is making progress that transfers over to everyday communication. All too often, people who make excellent progress during formal training sessions have trouble […]

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 […]

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 […]

FAQs: What can I do if I get nervous speaking in front of others?

  Does the thought of speaking in front of a group make you break out in a cold sweat? Do you find yourself rambling or struggling to find the right words when speaking in front of your colleagues or clients? If so, you’re not alone. Public speaking is one of the most common fears in […]

Frequently Asked Questions: How Can I Be Concise While Delivering My Message?

  As executive communication coaches, we at Corporate Speech Solutions know that poor communication skills can significantly damage your career. However some bad communication habits can be more damaging than others. Recently, we conducted our own informal research on a group of CEOs and asked: Which behaviors interfere the most with business success? The skill […]

Feeling Stuck? 3 Tips to Use Practice to Get to the Next Level

One of the most common mistakes people make with communication training is not making time for practice. In order to carryover skills into your day-to-day life, your brain and body need regular, systematic practice. Practice allows a technique to become automatic, so it requires little effort or active thought and becomes a part of your […]
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Practice: The Key to Taking Your Skills to the Next Level

Over the past decade of training professionals to speak with clarity and confidence and training them to use their communication skills to climb the corporate ladder, I’ve found that there is one key factor that separates people who truly take their skills to the next level: practice. Learning techniques and strategies for better communication isn’t […]

One Simple Reason You May Not Be Making Progress with Your Skills

How often do you practice honing your communication skills? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably, “not enough!” One of the most common problems with accent reduction or speech improvement is lack of carryover—people show excellent progress during our sessions, but have trouble applying their new skill set in their day-to-day life. One […]

Use It or Lose It: Three Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Speech Skills

One of the biggest challenges in improving your speech and communication skills is carryover. Many people put time and effort into developing their skills, but then don’t take the time to practice them outside of formal training. Formal, systematic practice is one way to maintain your skills: for example, using a guided workbook like our […]

Practice Tips: How to get the most out of your training

One of the biggest mistakes people make with communication training is failing to make time for practice. Simply learning techniques and strategies for better speech isn’t enough—your brain and body require regular systematic practice to truly integrate the techniques into your day-to-day speech. Without practice, you are likely to see excellent progress during formal training, […]