How To Speak Like A Leader

Quality is Knowledge and Practice. To begin preparing for your success, listen to episode 57 and get ready for your next leader opportunity. Remember that your success in life begins with the number one ability – To speak!

Use these ideas as the catalyst for having your ideas valued and accepted.

Use your best voice to lead business discussions

prepare your next talk,

and most importantly keep your listeners listening.

Click here for your  Perfect Phrases. 

What speaking opportunities are in your near future? Write in the comments section (under the title). Have you tried any of these practical phrases before? Which ones do you think you will try out?

Study Session- Obama’s in the House!

Use your ears so that you can improve your own speaking skills

Here are the professional techniques that you can use on your own while using a YouTube video. Listen to the podcast here-

Study listening skills using YouTube

Let me introduce you to some behind the scenes techniques. If you are studying to learn to pronounce American English, be sure that you find a native American English speaker. Although to be honest, there are many English speakers that are not native to the US that will also be using this English melody that we are listening to today. Once you find the video that you would like to study from, see if there is a transcript.

Here’s a description of how to find the youtube transcript.

 

Copy and paste the transcript on a word doc so that you can read along and make notations.

 

Also, you may want to slow the speed of the speaking.

I recommend slowing the speaking speed down  one level to .75

At this speed, you will begin to hear

  • how words are grouped together,
  • pausing in-between these word groupings
  • how the words are linked together in each phrase group and
  • one word in each phrase, that is highlighted the most, usually directly before the pause.

This practice will help you comprehend what others are saying. If you need more ideas for finding good speakers, people enjoy playing English speaking TV shows such as the sitcoms (Friends) or movies. As long as there is a transcript.  Using your own listening skills and taking the time to study this technique, is an excellent way to personally understand what you can do to polish your own abilities.

 

Pronouncing OY- EnjOY!

Pronouncing American English vowel sounds requires a good description and model for you to imitate. After all, when vowel sounds are not accurately pronounced- the word will sound totally different than the one you intended! There are other times that vowels are surrounded by sounds that also can be difficult to form correctly.  In this lesson, you will practice both:  a two-part vowel sound AND a difficult concept…the final L sound.

I love writing these lessons and enjoy teaching to you the sounds that many require help with. I guess it’s not a coincidence that this week you will practice the word enJOY.

 https://youtu.be/FBDXuFLgSpM

My Personal Picks

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

A New Year means New Beginnings. But for some reason I wanted to reflect back and review some of my favorite recordings, and tell you about the most popularly viewed recordings. I can’t believe it but the recording called, Ring, Ring Hello! currently has over 1,000 listeners. It’s been played in over 50 Countries. You never know what is going to become popular. Unless it’s stuck on constant replay-it must be a favorite somewhere!

Listen to My Personal Picks and you will hear my favorite lessons for you

If you’d like to see my playlists (and listen to all 98 lessons) LOOK HERE 

We have a whole new year to keep learning from each other.

Are you ready?

PODCAST- Learn How to Reduce Syllables in Seven Everyday Words!

Study these 7 words and learn how to pronounce a BUNCH of new words! Hint- It’s in the word “seven.”

PODCAST-Just like a haircut, give these words a trim!

Get the right rhythm by trimming these vowels. Which ones? Start with learning these words. Listen to 10 different speakers say them for you.

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PODCAST- Say What? Understanding Stories

Do you listen to others talk and pretend to understand them? Of course you do! That is natural for learning any new language. We all know it’s a challenge to learn slang, idioms and expressions in any new language. Practicing by listening to stories is a great way to learn new words and phrases. Contact me and write WORDS- I will send you 26 new words and phrases that will help you understand this story and many more to come.

PODCAST-Compare Common Words That Begin With “PRO”

Learn two different ways to pronounce words that begin with the syllable PRO.

Practice 12 everyday words!

 

PODCAST- 10 Common Words with Dropped Syllables

Finally a lesson where you can say less sounds!

Become familiar with these common words in American English and you will amaze your friends with your native-like pronunciation skills. Your friends will not know why you sound amazing, they will just notice that you are speaking English the correct way.

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PODCAST- Pronounce The Word “Develop” You Are Probably Saying It Wrong!

Time to check your pronunciation for the word DEVELOP.  While you are at it, once you learn this word- you can practice with a whole group of words that are in the same situation!

Credit goes to NPR TED Radio Hour

Hey! I’d love to hear from you. Do you have any 3-syllable word questions or comments about the word “develop”?

Can you think of some other 3-syllable words that are stressed in the middle? Write them in the comments below.