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Hate the Sound of Your Voice? Here’s How to Make it Gorgeous!

Do you cringe when you hear your voice on a recording? Do you avoid listening to it at all costs? What does your voice sound like? Is it squeaky and thin? Have you ever said, “I hate my voice?” I Hate My Voice I did a twitter search for the hashtag #IHateMyVoice not even knowing it was a thing. There …

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Is Your Voice Good Enough for National TV?

My clients go on to do awesome things! Many of my clients are asked to be the voice-over for their firms’ video marketing. Even though they’re marketers & CEOs & lawyers, they end up doing commercials! It’s crazy amazing. You’re not stuck with the voice you hear on the recorder! The way your voice sounds impacts the way people perceive …

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Making Small Talk

4 Definitive Techniques to Making Small Talk

Ever since my late teens, I’ve enjoyed having complex, laugh-out-loud conversations with people, whether we’re in line at the deli, sitting together at the bar, or just standing at a “don’t walk” sign. Cab drivers, ticket vendors, airline agents were also not out of my cross hairs. I love making small talk. Most of the time, I come away from …

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3 Things That Make Chit-Chat Oh So Awkward

How many times have you met someone, had a bit of small talk for 2 awkward minutes & moved on never to speak with that person again? Every person you ever meet isn’t going to be your friend but we do need actively build new friendships. We’re social animals and need to have relationships with people. We need to start conversations with people …

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American Accent–Pronouncing the Dreaded TH

Have you been struggling with how to pronounce the th sound? Ask any American how to pronounce the /th/ sounds (yes, there are 2 of them) and they’ll tell you to put your tongue between your upper & lower front teeth. Even speech professionals are out there telling you to do this. In the google results of “How to Pronounce the …

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How to Be a Persuasive Speaker-Are You Failing When You Need it Most?

Did you ever notice it’s easier to talk to your friend at happy-hour after work than it is to talk to someone on a first date? You’ve got all kinds of stories to share with your friend but sitting across the table from your date your mind draws a blank. You know you need to learn how to be a …

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Who Gives a F*** about an Oxford Comma?

Credit to Vampire Weekend for their song with same line. And the same concept. I don’t know precisely what they’re talking about except that people who are more concerned about diction than their relationships may just be doing it wrong. You can improve speech & communication skills. Doing so results in great relationships in addition to coming across as smart. Communicating …

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Body Language: Get a Leg Up in the World

I was inspired to write about improving body language after listening to a podcast where 2 guys warned of their concerns that if you improve your body language you’ll become an “aggressive weirdo corporate creep.”  I suppose that could happen if you work on your body language in a really weird way. Like just being really stiff and putting your fingertips together. …

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Find your true voice

Find Your True Voice

You’re probably really good at what you do, but maybe everyone doesn’t know the full extent of it. When you find your true voice, you can get your message out there when it matters most. Scroll down to the Find Your True Voice section if you want to skip the background & go straight to the techniques. Art of Speaking …

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How to Speak Better: Is the Way You’re Doing it Now Totally Wrong?

Chances are the way you’ve been trying to improve your speaking skills has been doing more harm than good. For 20 years, people have been telling me they want to be crystal clear, highly influential, and very confident during speaking situations. That makes sense, right? Most often, people think the solution to better speaking is to improve their articulation and …

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