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Instant Impressions

Did you know that people form an instant impression of you when they hear the sound of your voice. To put your best voice forward – “put a smile” in your voice simply by THINKING of smiling while you are speaking. This will invite your listeners to pay attention to what you are saying and […]

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Put Your Best Voice Forward

Did you know that people form an instant impression of you when they hear the sound of your voice. To put your best voice forward – you can “put a smile” in your voice simply by THINKING of smiling while you are speaking. This will invite your listeners to pay attention to what you are […]

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Do You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice?

Do you hate the sound of your own voice – here’s how to love it! If you think your voice sounds shrill, nasal, or thin, you may need to adjust where your sound is resonating from. Here are a few tips: 1) Open your throat while you speak, the way singers do when they sing. […]

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Are you really breathing for effective speech flow ?

Your voice is directly affected by your “ out” breath. The “out” breath helps your speech link and flow – Breathing out while speaking projects your voice naturally, and the grouping of your ideas will be more natural!

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PROJECT YOUR PERSONALITY IN YOUR PRESENTATION

1. Sound enthusiastic! If you sound enthusiastic, your audience will feel the same about your remarks. 2. Express yourself with your eyes, your smile and your hands. 3. Use humour that comes naturally from the exchange.

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How do you remember the correct pronunciation of words?

Congratulations – you have learned to pronounce new words! But how do you remember the correct pronunciation for next time? When I was hosting the TV show ETHNICITY, I had to remember the correct pronunciation of so many names of people from so many different countries. And – I had to say them perfectly the […]

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What’s more important in pronouncing English – consonants or vowels?

Here is one of the most useful tips for speaking English clearly – focus your pronunciation on the consonants. English depends on consonant sounds even more than vowels. So – if you learn to pronounce them correctly and make sure you don’t leave them out (especially at the end of words), you will be much […]

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Do You Talk Like a “Valley Girl?”

If you watch any teenage movie – you will probably notice that many people speak with a questioning or “up” tone at the end of SO MANY SENTENCES. You may also notice that both men and women in business talk that way and don’t even realize it. “Up tone” makes you sound unconfident. So – […]

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Are You Really Breathing?

You may be surprised to know that you are not. Breath holding is an instinctive fear reaction – and what is one of the biggest fears known to man?? Presenting in front of an audience! If you hold your breath while giving a presentation – your voice can become tight, nervous, high pitched and it […]

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Pronouncing ‘-ed’ At the End of a Word

How do you pronounce ‘-ed’ past tense at the end of a word? As you probably already noticed, there are different ways pronouncing ‘-ed’ at the end of a word. Strange, isn’t it? Well, here’s the rule that will help you to not make any mistakes again. ‘-Ed’ at the end of a verb always […]

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Pronouncing Common Greetings

There are some very common phrases that we use all the time, but how do you know that you are saying them correctly? Here are some tips on some common greetings that we use everyday. The first one is ‘thank you’. Now, the difficulty here is the sound, ‘th’. It can’t be replaced with a […]

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How To Pronounce ‘a’

Did you know that there are a number of different ways to spell the sound “a”, such as in ‘all’, ‘top’, ‘caught’, and ‘draw’. You’ll notice that each of those words is spelled in a different way, but the “a” sound is always the same. If you learned English from a British teacher, you’re used […]

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How To Pronounce the Most Common Numbers in English

This tip is about how to pronounce the most common numbers in English. Why is this important? Because very often, you’re asked to give your phone number, or your address, or a password, or anything that requires numbers. If you make one pronunciation error, the person listening either won’t understand or will write down the […]

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Be Heard Through The Glass Ceiling – Cluttering

Do people have difficulty understanding you when you speak? This issue may arise due to a little known problem — “Cluttering”. Cluttering refers to a syndrome which includes habits such as speaking very quickly and dropping sounds and syllables, and lack of pausing between words and sentences. Here’s the solution — 1 First is to […]

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Be Heard Through The Glass Ceiling – Voice Projection

Have you ever been asked to speak more loudly when you are giving your opinion at a meeting, or giving a presentation? You may think that you are projecting your voice, — when in fact you’re not. If your voice does not project and people have trouble hearing you, you may not be aware of […]

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How To Pronounce ‘r’

Did you know there are at least 20 different ways of pronouncing the sound ‘r’? In North American English, we pronounce it very clearly with the tongue tip raised, curled back, and never touching the roof of the mouth. Try it! Different cultures and languages pronounce ‘r’ in many different ways. For example, ‘r’ can […]

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Are You Being Heard —–(Through The Glass Ceiling ) ?

Do you know for sure that your message comes across the way you WANT it to — when you make a speech or do a presentation? If you answered “ I’m not sure”, it may have a lot to do with the way you’re using your voice and your tone. For example, when you’re nervous, […]

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Did You Lose Out On a Promotion?

Did you lose out on a promotion because of poor “communication skills?” Many of my clients tell me that this is the case, but they don’t always know what their boss meant by “communication skills.” This, of course, could mean many things, but very, often it means that when you speak, your listeners don’t understand, […]

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THE, THIS, THESE, THOSE, THEM AND WITH

The words above, the, these, this, them, those and with come up constantly in English. We use them over and over, hundreds of times a day. By just learning to pronounce “th” correctly, you are going to improve the sound of your English greatly. However, if you do not pronounce “th” correctly, you risk sounding much […]

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