Did you know our attention span is now equal to or less than a goldfish!? That means our attention span is about 9 seconds. For speakers, it means we need to be engaging to keep our audience attending. Check out this video for some helpful tips to be more interesting!

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Listen and find out. Syllables are omitted in these words. As a non-native English speaker, I am sure you have practiced hard articulating every syllable in a word. But, there are actually many words in which a middle syllable is omitted. There are over 25 commonly used words that are pronounced in this way. Are…

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Idioms are a great way to add interest to your communication. They often serve as a “short cut” to communicating an idea. There are many idioms in English that relate to seasons. Here are four, fall season idioms to add to your speech. The best way to add them to your speech is to make…

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Advice is a noun and advise is a verb. The difference is seen and heard in the final consonants in the words. The final sound in the advice is pronounced as the voiceless S. While the final sound in advise is pronounced as the voiced Z sound. There are additional words that follow this pattern

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Speed is a measure of success in sports. Here my daughter speeds to the finish. She is a 12 time All-American Collegiate swimmer. Understanding is the measure of success when speaking. Professional speakers, Bruce Turkel and Jay Baer both advise speakers to pause and slow down! Pauses draw attention to important pieces of information. Pauses…

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Correct syllable stress is important for quick understanding. There are at least 100-word pairs of two-syllable words that are spelled exactly the same are both nouns and verbs. The difference is shown by syllable stress-noun-first syllable stressed, verb-second syllable stressed. These syllable stress changes often result in vowel sounds changing to schwa in the unstressed…

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All-day long, we subconsciously and consciously contemplate this question. What’s in it for ME?! Your audience is asking this very question! They want to quickly hear that you are interested in them and that you are offering them value. The value you offer can range from pure entertainment, support, providing them a service, or educating them so their…

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Many words in English only differ by the ending sound. Leaving off the ending sound causes confusion in the minds or ears of your listener. Listen and watch this video to hear how closely some words sound. Practice enunciating ending sounds by counting (0-13) or try some tongue twisters. Two tongue twisters to try: Skunk…

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Research in both Germany and the United States says YES!  Speaking pattern can cause you to have a 20% lower salary than co-workers that use the country’s standard speaking style. The fact is that every person speaks with an accent. Our accent reflects the geographic region of our childhood and our native language. People can…

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