People judge us by the way we talk, whether we like it or not! The words and grammar we use tell people about our background, level of education and intellectual abilities.
In today’s competitive job market, employers demand at least some degree of clear, standardized speech. I believe good communication skills are the foundation on which your social and business success is built. Communication Matters can assist you in improving your communication skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing) to ensure success in your personal and work lives.
Speech Sound Production (Articulation): Most businesses want their executives, managers, sales agents, secretaries, receptionists, and other employees who interact with the public to be able to speak clearly, distinctly, and with unobtrusive pronunciation patterns.
Grammar & Syntax:
- Voice: Three features of voice important in effective communication include volume (loudness and projection), pitch (highness and lowness) and quality (nasality/resonance, harshness, throatiness, breathiness, hoarseness and intonation).
- Intonation & Stress
- Vocal Hygiene
- Breath Support
Tone of Voice
Rate & Emphasis: the fastness or slowness of your speech. People who speak too rapidly are often considered to be slick and trying to get something by you. On the other hand, people who speak too slowly can be thought of as less competent.
Stuttering: Learn Fluency Facilitating Techniques to help you contribute more fully on the job.
Grammar & Syntax
Written Language Skills
Conversational Social Skills
Constructing & Delivering a Presentation
Reducing Fears & Anxiety of Public Speaking
For WORK RELATED COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINING, for both individuals and groups, see Business Services
PARENT ARTICULATION TRAINING
For parents of children with mild articulation disorders. This training provides parents with knowledge about working with children, the stages of learning to produce a new sound, specific activities, and materials specific to the sound they need to work on. This is a two part training. The first part is for parents only. The second part is a practical, hands-on training for parents with their child.
MAKING CONNECTION SERIES:
for parents and educators
FOCUS ON READING: Grades K - 3
Reading is the result of the way we gather, organize and use information, the personal feelings and attitudes we bring to our learning, our language skills, as well as our prior knowledge. This workshop assists parents in understanding how their children learn, the language skills needed to be successful as well as figuring out words (decoding) and getting meaning and more!
FOCUS ON PHONOLOGY: Grades K - 3
Research tells us that reading is more a language activity requiring an awareness and understanding of the spoken word rather than only the visual activity of looking at words and saying them. This has important implications for how we teach reading as well as how we assist people who are having difficulty with reading. Approximately 80% of children who have difficulty reading do so because of a weakness in the area of phonology. Specific phonology skills can be taught and practiced to improve how to hear, recognize, remember and use the various sounds and sound patterns of our language.
PROCESSING INFORMATION: Grades 4 - 6
The key to academic success as children get older is their ability to use higher level language and thinking skills. This workshop focuses on the thinking and language skills needed to be successful, the skills required (e.g., scanning, skimming, note-taking, questioning, and stages of writing) and then applying these skills to outlining and report writing.
For more information please contact us.