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Breaking through the glass ceiling

It’s International Women’s Day: Shatter the Glass Ceiling with Communication!

Did you know that female representation drops at each level of advancement of corporate America, with the result that only 22% of C-suite roles are occupied by women? Importantly, the study that produced this finding also found that women and men stay at their companies and ask for promotions at similar rates. This means this […]

Is Miscommunication Affecting Your Bottom Line?

Having employees with strong communication skills is essential for professional success. Being able to communicate in a clear, confident way brings in more business, keeps clients happy, strengthens professional relationships, and keeps a company running smoothly and efficiently. Given all of this, it’s not surprising that poor communication skills can have a negative impact on […]

Volume Variation: The Key to a Dynamic Voice

The quality of your voice can have a significant impact on how others perceive you and your message. One aspect of your voice that can change the impact you have on others is your volume. While a strong voice is one of the key components to sounding like a confident professional, varying your volume can […]

Four Easy Steps for Cutting Fillers out of Your Speech!

If you’re like most people, filler words and phrases creep into your speech much more than you realize. What exactly is a filler? My basic definition is any word or phrase that doesn’t add content or value to your message, for example, “um”, “like”, and “you know” (for a list of common fillers, check out […]

Want to Sound Like a Native Speaker? Check out these 5 Common Business Idioms

  One of the trickier parts of English is the large number of idioms used in everyday speech. Most people use idioms so frequently, they don’t even realize they’re using them. Knowing some common idioms used in business settings will help you to better understand what others are saying and will help you to actively […]

Small Talk – The Key to Networking

Networking is essential for professional success. The ability to meet and connect with potential professional connections is one of the most important keys to growth in the business world. However, networking is more than simply meeting others in your field and introducing yourself and your services. The most successful networkers are those that make a […]

The 4 Cs of Getting More Referrals: A guest blog by Vikram Rajan

  Welcome to First Thursday! On the first Thursday of each month, Corporate Speech Solutions features an expert who has a skill or expertise that will enhance your professional skill set. Today, we’re joined by Vikram Rajan, co-founder of Raviate.com and phoneBlogger.net. Read on as Vikram shares with us how you can use communication to […]

Can Vocal Fry Hurt Your Career?

Just like fashion trends, speech trends can change with the times. One speech habit that has been gaining increasing attention is vocal fry. Vocal fry (also called glottal fry or creaky voice) is a rattling, creaky vocal quality that happens when a speaker drops their voice to a low pitch. Although it’s often associated with […]

Communication and Culture: A guest blog by Jeri Quinn

Welcome to First Thursday! On the first Thursday of each month, Corporate Speech Solutions features an expert who has a skill or expertise that will enhance your professional skill set. Today, we’re joined by Jeri Quinn, a New York City based business coach. As founder and president of Driving Improved Results, Jeri specializes in helping […]