Do you sound like you are in charge? The power of your voice.

Do you struggle to command authority in the corporate setting? Does your voice communicate confidence? Does it command attention and respect? The power of your voice My captivation with the series The Crown and the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry has everything royal—along with anything close to it—catching my eye.  That includes the former Prime […]

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Learn about iSpeak Clearly’s public speaking programs

My friend is an amazing tennis player, with a dynamite serve that comes naturally.  Recently, that serve became more of a “pop” than an “explosion,” and her matches suffered. She made adjustments, but her efforts were unsuccessful. It was time to bring in a professional. The tennis pro was able to identify the changes she […]

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Learn about iSpeak Clearly’s accent modification programs

Many of us start the New Year with a list of resolutions for change. As time passes, however, some items on the list fade away, unattained. Why? Our desire for change was well intended, but we lacked the information and planning necessary to succeed.   What are your plans for success? Are you interested in […]

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Express Gratitude This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time of gratitude, a quality we often neglect to express throughout the year. But expressing thankfulness is a gift we can give others and ourselves during the holidays and every day. The ability to express gratitude is a social skill that demonstrates leadership. Leaders who utilize gratitude are better able […]

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The Law of Attraction

Have you ever strolled through the exhibit hall at a convention, trade show, or business expo? So many booths, so little time. How do you decide where to stop? It may be an interesting sign, a product display—or perhaps, the exhibitor. Yes, the exhibitor, specifically one who looks interested in speaking to you. How can […]

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We get good at what we practice

Last summer, I shared with you my desire to improve my golf game. (Read the post here.) I made a commitment to devote time, energy, and resources toward improving my skills by enrolling in golf lessons. One year later, it is time to assess my progress. My game has improved, but I have not yet achieved […]

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Could you repeat that?

I made the dreaded customer service call… When it comes to shopping, I am a “see it-feel it-touch it” kind of person. That makes online shopping a challenge for me. I don’t want surprises when the box arrives, so sometimes I make the dreaded call to customer service for more information. Most of the time, […]

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Get the tools you need and have a barbeque. Everyone’s invited!

Last month’s discussion about everyday leadership—the behind-the-scenes leadership that is threaded throughout our lives—continues. Now let’s take a look at social skills, another component of a successful leader’s exceptional communication. What are social skills? Social skills are the way we use verbal and non-verbal language to interact with others in a meaningful way based on […]

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What communication skills do great leaders have in common?

I’ve been thinking a lot about “everyday leadership” lately—the behind-the-scenes leadership that is threaded throughout our lives: The committee member who keeps the group on task A colleague mentoring the new employee A neighbour organizing social events A supportive friend The parent who encourages a child to reach her dreams A great leader isn’t necessarily […]

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Follow the lead of Hollywood’s best actors: Alter your accent to maximize success in your profession

It fascinates me to listen to interviews with actors whose real-life accents are different from the roles they play. For example, Hugh Laurie’s British accent is not evident in his character Dr. Gregory House on House M.D. Nicole Kidman sounds like a native speaker of American English, despite her Australian roots. And Renee Zellweger is […]

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