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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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“THE” AND “A” IN ENGLISH

Why do we need these words, anyway? Many excellent foreign speakers of English still forget to use the words ‘a’ and ‘the’.  Why?  Because they aren’t in your language.  But, they are in English, like it or not, and you do sound much more articulate and with fewer grammar errors by using them. Here’s an […]

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Customer Service Communication

Are you a CSR/Customer Service Representative? Do you work in a Call Center? Are you on the telephone all day? If you are, here are some important tips that will help you sound clear and confident and will help you excel at your job. Tip #1: To have a confident voice, always take a deep […]

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PUBLIC SPEAKING TIPS OF OBAMA

This blog is not about politics.  However, it is about what makes Barak Obama an excellent public speaker.  Whether you like him or not, or agree with his politics or not, he is a very inspiring and good public speaker.  You can always learn a few tips to make yourself a better public speaker, too. […]

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OUTSTANDING VIDEO AND PHONE CONFERENCING

In today’s world, more and more business communication takes place via  webinar and teleconferencing. Consequently, the way you speak, your pacing and tone, the sound of your voice and your pronunciation, all become more important, especially because we don’t have other communication cues, such as body language facial expression and eye contact to help deliver […]

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Top Pronounciation Tips for Russian Speakers

Are you a Russian speaker of English? Here are the top five pronunciation tips to help you become a clear and confident English speaker. • The sound “th”. “th” is a very common sound in the English language. When you say it correctly, you not only sound good, but you look good speaking English, so […]

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How To Get Permanent Results From An Accent Program

Many people tell me that they have learned the correct English pronunciation, rhythm and intonation, but they aren’t able to make the new techniques stick. That is they learned the techniques intellectually but weren’t able to actually use them in practice. Here are some tips to help you achieve permanent results. 1: Discriminate. To change […]

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Top Pronounciation Tips for Spanish Speakers

Here are the top five pronunciation improvements that you can try if you are a Spanish speaker of English. · The sound “th”. Whenever you speak English, there will likely be many “th” words, for example, “there are thirty-three things I have to do this Thursday.” Every time you say the word ‘the’, or ‘this’ […]

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Top Pronounciation Tips for Chinese Speakers

The most common problem for Chinese speakers of English is that English is mostly pronounced with the tip of the tongue at the front of the mouth, while Mandarin and Cantonese and other Chinese dialects are pronounced mostly with the back of the tongue at the back of the mouth. As a result, the consonant […]

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Speed, Speed, Speed–

Speed definitely applies to what we want from computer technology, but does not apply to the way we should talk. Do you feel pressure to talk quickly, without pausing, at business meetings because someone may interrupt and you wont be able to make your point?  This can be especially true if English is not your […]

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Accents in the Workplace

Recently, I was interviewed on CBC Radio. Here’s the link to the recording.

http://www.cbc.ca/babel/episodes/2012/06/25/accents-in-the-workplace-episode-1/

Please let me know what you think about it.

Bonnie

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How to AVOID EMBARRASSMENT

– One small sound can change your meaning. The vowels of English can be very confusing– because what you see is not always what you say!Do you know the difference between come and comb?  Love and low?  Over and oven?  The letter “o” can be pronounced in several ways. So how do you know what […]

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Self-Talk

We’ve all heard the expression”live in the moment”. Well- this also applies to giving a speech or presentation. Lets say you’ve just had a fight with your significant other, you received bad news, or you just feel under the weather. You can  train  yourself to put these feelings aside for a short time by “self […]

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WRITE it or SPEAK it? That is the question.

When planning a speech or presentation– always practice out loud. You will notice that the way you write, is not the way you speak. As you practice out loud, change the script to the conversational language and expression you are now practicing. Your remarks will  flow, and sound natural.  Remember– the way you write is […]

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Your Presentation- is it all about YOU? or THEM?

Your presentation is all about the audience- and what they want. If you answer  the question “What does your audience WANT?” This will set the right tone, and help you plan meaningful remarks. For example, lets say your topic is ” Learn Cloud Technology”. The audience may NEED to know how to technically access and […]

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Your VOICE is MORE Than Your Vocal Cords

You may be surprised to know that the sound of your voice does not come only from the vibration of your vocal cords, –  it is affected by your breathing, your chest and nasal resonance,  the tension or relaxation of the muscles around your throat, as well as your mood or emotional state. So — […]

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Public Speaking– WHAT’S WORRYING YOU ?

Have you ever stopped and answered the question “what is it that actually worries you about public speaking?”  I ask this question all the time– here is the usual answer– and solutions. “I might forget something.” or “I will lose track of my place.” Solution – if you forget something, the audience will never know […]

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MAKE YOUR ACCENT AN ASSET

Your accent tells people  about  your culture and identity , and that you are bilingual – or trilingual! You can be proud of your accent.  Your accent becomes an asset when there are no mispronunciations, the pacing isn’t too fast, choppy or slow,  and the rhythm gets your message across. Learn the skills you need […]

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Looking Good Over The Web

In today’s online world –more meetings are done through web conferencing than in person.! So – its become important to sound and look your best. 1. Remember– the camera takes the place of the other people sitting around the table with you — look at the camera and talk to it like it is your […]

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