Whether we like it or not, the worst can happen when giving a speech or important presentation, our body can behave in ways we really don’t want it to, and other people can also. As was the experience of our prime minister on her recent Tory Conference party speech when she was interrupted by not only her own coughing fit but also a heckler.
First impressions matter. As the saying goes “You don't get a second chance at a first impression”. Ensuring that people see the best of you from the beginning will not only make those relationships and interactions easier, but will also improve and expand your network.
What if there was a simple equation that helped you to become a better communicator? Well, now there is!
Elocution is an antiquated term, usually associated with clichéd phrases such as ‘how now brown cow’, or Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. We think it is a path to speaking properly, and it associated with received pronunciation, or a neutral non accented English.
How to turn grotty exchanges into delightful connections with six simple tips
Christmas should be a time of cheer, but so often things come up that can turn us more into a Christmas scrooge. In fact sometimes the festive period can press so many buttons we feel like a lift in a skyscraper. Up and down, up and down, the tiniest trigger and we are off…
Like many of us, I have been enthralled by the unfolding events of the American elections,
and of course, as the director of London Speech Workshop, I can’t help but take a communication perspective. When I have read the sensationalist headlines about Trump, from his abusive attitude to women to his across the board racism, I like many, have felt reviled and appalled, how has this man got a shot at being the most important political figure in the world?!
With their arms raised skywards, fingers pointing and chests out, the Rio 2016 Olympians showed us some great examples of amazing power poses.
Thinking back on the games, it’s easy to find oneself gasping at the sheer talent and determination of the athletes on display. The Olympics give us an opportunity to watch people who are trained to push themselves to their limits, every nuance of their being angled towards success, and of course, winning.
Vowels have a greater impact on accents than we think.
When looking into accent softening, it is at first important to understand that it's no mean feat!
The delivery of what you say can make all the difference in how your audience remembers you - for both the right and wrong reasons!
Remember that lacklustre speech you endured that almost sent you sleep? Believe it or not, it could have all been down to the vowels...
Merriam Webster’s dictionary describes elocution as the study of how to speak clearly and in a way that is effective and socially acceptable. But before we focus on precise articulation and pronunciation, we must focus on a suitable warm up for our vocal cords. A professional athlete would not start a race without some dynamic stretches, so we too must put the muscles we use for speech and producing voice through their paces to make sure they work efficiently and effectively.