The Great Communicator Blog

How to Sound Like Morgan Freeman–In 4 Steps

“I learned in school that most people speak in a higher register than normal because of tension. So the trick is to relieve the tension.” –Morgan Freeman He’s right, you know. Most people use a much higher and tinnier sound than they were designed to do. It’s because we hold a great deal of physiological tension in our throats. It

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online speech training with ita olsen

Online Speech Training Makes You Clear & Persuasive

Yes, we’re working from home suddenly. Well, actually I’ve been working from home for quite a while mostly. It’s not so bad if you like the people you live with. And if you don’t, you better have one heck-of-a-large house! Online speech training is what I do. About 4 or 5 times a year, I go into corporations and train

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how to be a great communicator

Being a Great Communicator can be Rocket Science and It’s Okay

It’s crazy how many people think they’re unique. Granted, each individual is unique in millions of ways. But not when it comes to communicating with others. We all suffer from the same speech & communication problems; the vast majority share the same emotions. But each client describes their speech issues as if they’re the only ones who have them. Get

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no one was born a perfect communicator

No One Was Born a Perfect Communicator

No one. Not nobody. Everyone you know who’s an incredible communicator has worked on it. Anyone who you come across who’s an impressive public speaker has worked on their presentation skills. They most likely still have a coach helping them.     What about Ted Talkers? Your favorite Ted Talkers? They’ve been working on that speech for many, many years.

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how to slow down your speech

How to Slow Down Your Speech

Do people tell you you talk too fast? Are people advising you to slow down? I’m here to tell you that you most likely don’t have to slow down per se. When people slow down, they end…up…sounding…like…this. That’s crazy boring and ultimately ineffectual, and you’ll lose people’s attention quickly. So don’t listen to people who tell you to use a

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how to stop upspeak

How to Stop UpSpeak

Upspeak or uptalk (2 terms for the same thing) are getting lot’s of press lately. Some people are being “criticized” for using it. Some people seem to be feeling discriminated against for being criticized for using upspeak. Either way, if you want to be perceived as a confident, believable person, you’ll want to learn how to stop upspeak. It’s pretty easy, just

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why do I get nervous when I talk

Why Do I Get Nervous When I Talk?

Ever find yourself chatting away with your close friend, telling her how great you’re doing on a work project? And she says, “Wow, you’re a genius!” Then the next day, your boss pokes her head into your office and asks how you’re doing on that very same project? Does it come out as smooth & confident? Afterward, you think to

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11 steps to being a leader

How to Improve Your Communication Skills at Work

What is the most critical skill you can have to get ahead at work? Hands down, it’s your communication skills. Your communication skills impact everything you do at work. You need to get people to listen to you and do what you say. Using excellent communication skills is how you network & get raises & promotions. Here I’m going to

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how to answer difficult questions like a genius

How to Answer Difficult Questions Like a Genius

As we strive for tremendous success in our lives, we will often find ourselves on the receiving end of tough questions.  They can come unexpectedly, and we often need to think on our feet. For instance, When people call you out of the blue and demand answers. Or when you’re in an interview, and you get hit with a question

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