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Articulate: Contortion

I work with a young man who is having some trouble being understood at work. He grew up in a neighborhood with a very distinct accent and maintained this speech pattern even while attending a college out of state. It…

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Acquire: Smile

Being asked to smile is among my least favorite things. That said, the upward movement of a smile can add a lift to the tone of your voice. Luckily, you don't have to keep smiling to reap the benefits. The…

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Perform: Adaptation

This week several speaker friends of mine had the most creative performance challenges I have seen in a bit. From an audience placed so far from the stage, it was comical, to a room partially divided by a wall (and…

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Acquire: Passion

I attended a panel discussion last night where all of speakers were dynamic and knowledgable . Sadly, only one of them was consistently a good speaker. He didn't necessarily have the best vocal tone, or the most dynamic range. What…

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Disrupt: Hearing Problems

Let's talk about auditory bias, shall we? This is happening every day as we categorize people by voice alone. Is this person like me? Can I tell where they are from? Can I tell if they are Black, or Southern,…

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Observe: Sounds Complicated

Some days it seems as though the act of being busy has become an art form. People pack their schedules, often with things they dread doing, They procrastinate on essential tasks and then finally (sometimes) complete them with effort. Life…

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Acquire: Listen

We all know that listening skills are important. Some of us believe ourselves to BE good listeners. Still, you can find yourself wondering about details that were definitely discussed in a meeting or on the speaking side, you notice a…

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