Hats off to Harry - born to be Royal

12-Nov-2018 / by Emma Serlin posted in Tips, talk, LSW Founder 'insights', communication, Resources, public speaking, presentations, effective communication, confidence, elocution, body language

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Prince Harry used to be the naughty prince, the nation’s younger brother, who was known more for his passion for partying than for typically Royal behaviour. 

And yet after some hair raising times in his twenties, he has stepped confidently into his role, using his position to give a voice to many who have been sidelined, disenfranchised or forgotten. He has done so with responsibility, grace, good will and a gentle determination, which reminds many of his mother. So what can we learn from his communication style?

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How Elocution Helps In The Workplace

30-Oct-2017 / by Emma Serlin posted in elocution, effective communication

We are used to the idea of measuring our efficiency in our jobs; we have KPI’s for our performance, specific metrics we need to achieve and regular reviews with our bosses and/or team. But how much thought do we put into measuring our communication? And if it isn’t up to scratch, how often do we analyse and isolate the incident so we can learn from it?

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Good Elocution Improves Authority At Work

25-Oct-2017 / by Emma Serlin posted in elocution, effective communication

Do you want to build respect in the workplace and improve your authority when you are speaking?  Look at both your verbal and your non-verbal communication.

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Why Mumbling Affects Communication At Work

23-Oct-2017 / by Emma Serlin posted in effective communication, elocution

Have you ever wondered how to stop mumbling? And do you know why you should? Mumbling gives your listeners the impression that you don't really believe in what you are saying. And therefore it's probably not worth listening to.

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Elocution - Or How To Speak Clearly

19-Oct-2017 / by Emma Serlin posted in elocution, effective communication

Elocution is a rather dated notion nowadays and it's often associated with a certain way of speaking. This "received pronunciation" is a slightly posher but very neutral way of speaking; however, it's so much more than that.

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Accent softening: let's talk about vowels

20-Sep-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in english RP, Social & Cultural, words, Accent softening, elocution, vowels, classes, pronunciation, talk

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!

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Empower your speech by using vowels

12-Sep-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in babies, shakespeare, Accent softening, effective communication, elocution, Hamlet, presentations, public speaking, Resources, vowels

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...

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How to warm up your voice like a professional

12-Sep-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in elocution, Resources

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.

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Accent borrowing

12-Mar-2015 / by Emma Serlin posted in elocution, Resources

Have you ever been speaking to someone with a different accent, and found yourself changing the way you speak to sound more like them?

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