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04 Aug Why Do People Fear Speaking?

by Dr. Dennis Becker "This question presupposes what to most of society is a given. Speaking to groups is a scary proposition. In fact, it is one of the most prominent fears of all humans. Each survey that is taken places it in the top three,...

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30 Jul Catching Up With the Coaches – Monica Murphy

This week, we caught up with Senior Coaching Partner Monica Murphy.Monica Murphy Monica is currently leading a lengthy customer service training program with software developing company Pega Systems. This unique program, called Communicating Extraordinary Service, was developed by Monica and fellow TSIC coaches Kristen Curran-Faller and Debbie London, and has led Pega Systems to great success. >What is Pega Systems and how did you become involved with them? "Pega Systems is a software developing company that helps businesses automate their business processes. We have had a 10-year relationship with them, originally beginning with Presentation Skills Training for some of their managers in the engineering group. It was a combination of presentation skills coaching and individual communication coaching."
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28 Jul New Management

The Speech Improvement Company Inc., has announced today the promotion of Ethan F. Becker to President, and Kristen Curran-Faller to COO (Chief Operating Officer). Dr. Dennis Becker will remain on as the firm’s CEO and Dr. Paula Borkum Becker will remain as the firm’s CFO. “For...

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28 Jul Are women better managers than men?

A recent article on the New York Times titled: "No Doubts: Women Are Better Managers" sparked this reaction from Coach Laurie Schloff. Communication Coach Laurie Schloff of The Speech Improvement Company (Boston and Tampa) agrees with Carol Smith (right) of the Elle Group that women are often better managers, but based on her work with hundreds of females aiming for the C level she cautions ambitious females: 1. Women are still cut little slack in terms of 'acceptable' management behaviors. Not only do you have to be viewed as competent, you must also be warm and nice.
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27 Jul Dr. Dennis Becker on The arrest of Henry Gates

by Dr. Dennis Becker. "Isn't human communication fascinating?! This whole Gates-Cambridge Police-Crowley-Obama flap is just the latest in the ongoing saga of humans attempting to communicate with each other. By this time, we all pretty much know what happened: Gates lost his keys to his home...

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24 Jul Rewind: Professor Gates meets Sgt. Crowley

If only everyone had obeyed our SOS Stop-Observe-Strategize Principle, one esteemed Harvard professor and one well regarded police sargeant in Cambridge Massachuseetts would be sleeping better tonight. So to the both of you, think mind over mouth next time. 1. Sgt. Crowley: Couldn't you have...

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22 Jul Boston tweet-up in August

Following the great success and interest in our first Social Media seminar, I am planning to organize a tweet-up in the first half of August. Please get in touch with me by email or leave a message below, and suggest topics of discussion as well as...

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20 Jul How Obama Talks: Why Obama Needs a Teleprompter

Commentary by Laurie Schloff "When Obama's telempromter screen shattered abruptly at a White House press briefing last week, the audience held its collective breath. Obama's communication strength lies in his ability to deliver a prepared, pre-written speech, not to ad lib, "wing it" or be impromptu. Communication...

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16 Jul “If I can’t play my way, I QUIT!”

Sarah Palin's resignation speech, given a few weeks ago in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, caught the attention of many people across the country, including our TSIC Coaches. The speech was met with mixed reviews from various news sources, so we decided to give our...

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08 Jul Catching Up With the Coaches – Laurie Schloff

The Coaches at The Speech Improvement Company are constantly working with new clients and launching new projects. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="190" caption="Laurie Schloff"][/caption]This week, we sat down with Senior Coaching Partner Laurie Schloff to find out more about what she is currently working on. Laurie's main focus...

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26 Jun Global Healthcare Leader Visits TSIC program

Laurie Schloff and Nancy Goldberg, TSIC coaches greeted the Global CEO of the Healthcare Business Women's Association, Laurie Cooke, at their recent workshop held at Perkin Elmer in Waltham Ma. Ms. Cooked joined participants learning how to Speak for Success, part of an award winning Leadership...

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16 Jun Meet Emmett Patton, our new intern

Speech Improvement Inc is delighted to have Emmett Patton as our intern for the summer. Emmett studies psychology and linguistics at Boston University and is a singer in an acappella group called "The Dear Abbeys". > Emmett, why did you chose these majors? Understanding people's behaviors and the...

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15 May “Making choices with language” by Debbie London

“I’m not trying to over-simplify things,” says London, “but communication is about making choices. We make choices with the language we use whether we’re being purposeful or not and those choices have effects.” [caption id="" align="alignright" width="190" caption="Debbie London"][/caption] When asked if she could elaborate, London...

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