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Have you ever gone for a job interview in which you met all the qualifications and you even clicked with the interviewer but you were not chosen for the job?
Or are you working behind the scenes (e.g., mailroom or another position that does not deal with the public) and you wish to be promoted to a position that is customer friendly (e.g., receptionist or sales representative) but you know there is no way you can get your desired position because of your speaking skills.
What's holding you back from your desired position? Is it because you do not say your words correctly? Not saying your words correctly (e.g., you jumble or swallow your words) can keep you from getting promotions.
Your voice can also keep you from getting promotions, does your voice sound weak, raspy or too nasal? Mispronunciation of words or a weak voice are some of the communication characteristics that are holding most people back from getting their dream job or even becoming their best self.
There is good news for you; a corporate speech-language pathologist can help you get on the right path to maximizing your verbal communication performance. Speech-language pathologists specialize in human communication and it's disorders. Some corporate speech-language pathologists use the title "speech coach"; this title is used because many consumers are more familiar with it.
Your first step is to seek a corporate speech-language pathologist with their certificate of clinical competence (CCC), CCC means the corporate speech-language pathologist is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and have met all the requirements to practice speech-language pathology.
If you are a highly motivated individual who is serious about changing your speech pattern, you are an excellent candidate for the corporate speech-language pathologist. Individuals who are highly motivated are more receptive to following a blue print tailored to their needs, to help them reach their optimal level of communication performance.
In order to effectively change habits and learn new habits the individual seeking change must be highly motivated and determined to practice the lessons provided by the speech coach as directed. Yes, change can be difficult for some people but if you have goals that you wish to achieve in your life time which require better communication skills, with great effort, determination, and enthusiasm you can improve your communication skills for the betterment of your life.
So stop talking the "wrong-way" and learn the "correct-way" to speak. For a minimal investment, hard work and determination, your communication skills can be refined. Self-empowerment is a small investment that will deliver tremendous benefits and provide you with limitless possibilities.
Changing the way you talk enables you to effectively communicate across all environments (e.g., social and work). Can you visualize the successful person you were meant to be? Visualizing is the first step; the second step is to put forth the action to become a better communicator across all realms.
Believe it or not, but some of the front-end people working at your place of employment have had the help of a speech coach to improve and strengthen their speaking and vocal skills. How can you determine if you need to improve your voice and diction? Record you speaking across environments then analyze your voice and diction.
Is your voice colorful, do you complete your words, do you use proper grammar and vocabulary suited for the environment? When you are in your work/professional environment do you speak as a professional or do you use the same grammatical style as if you were in a more relaxed environment, such as, your home or social setting?
By improving your communication skills to your optimal level of performance, you will be able to project professionalism that will demonstrate your own distinctive style of communication performance.
Cynthia Willis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP has earned the highest credentials needed to practice speech-language pathology in private practice. Cynthia Willis has earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), of which she is a member. Ms. Willis holds a license from North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
She completed her first year of undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College a City University of New York (CUNY); transferred to Fayetteville State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in "Speech and Theater" and minored in "Sociology" (studied multiculturalism and sub-cultures). Ms. Willis earned her Master of Education (M.Ed.,) degree from North Carolina Central University where she studied "Communication Disorders".
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