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16 Jan MLK Day: King’s Speech

"Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King" --James Taylor, "Shed A Little Light"
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 88 this weekend. A pivotal figure in American history, he is revered as an exceptional public speaker whose ideas and language helped effect real change in the world.King was human and imperfect. He shot pool and was a fan of Star Trek. Concerns raised about plagiarism and his private life may have merit. He faced criticism from fellow activists and many others. I mention this to underscore that the power of words that he harnessed is not reserved just for perfect, mythical figures, but available to all of us mortals with hopes and fears.As a child in school I was conscious of MLK for a few reasons. His work in the struggle for civil rights was a point of emphasis in the curriculum. And, our adjacent mid-January birthdays meant I often enjoyed a long birthday weekend. Only later did I learn of King’s connections to Boston, or begin to grasp his significance as a communicator.
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18 Feb Why do they say “Look”?

Have you noticed how many times a political candidate or commentator will say the word “look”?  Why do they say that?Well, let’s zoom the picture back a little and think about this.  Linguists and psychologists have introduced us what they refer to as  the ‘representational systems’.  They tell us that people are prone to express their feelings, attitudes, opinions and more through the use of one of three ‘representational systems’.  
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08 Feb What is Speech Coaching all about?

Ethan F. Becker and Laurie Schloff discuss the what it is like to be a speech coach and provide guidance for those looking to join the career.[embed]https://www.speechimprovement.com/tipofweek/AboutSpeechCoaching.mp3[/embed]...

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08 Feb Talking about Politics at Work

Ethan F. Becker and Laurie Schloff discuss the issue of talking about politics at work.  What are the considerations surrounding the issue?  Why does it matter?  What should you do about it?[embed]https://www.speechimprovement.com/tipofweek/TalkingPolitics1.mp3[/embed]...

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07 Feb HOW TV CAUSES THE FEAR OF SPEAKING by Dr. Dennis Becker

Yes, you read that correctly.  Television can promote the fear of speaking.  Several years ago we did a research study to discover if TV had any role to play in the fear of speaking that adults experience.   The study was done with 100, randomly chosen adults from a variety of occupations.   Suffering from fear of speaking was not a prerequisite to participation in the study.  In fact, it was not even mentioned.  We simply included in the list of 20 questions which were asked.The interesting information we received led us to the conclusion that
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10 Nov How Can Disaster Psychology Help Business Through the Economic Crisis?

How Can Disaster Psychology Help Business Through the Economic Crisis?

Kevin J. Becker, Psy, D

Dennis Becker, Ph, D

 In recent years, the world has seen a number of significantly large scale disasters; some caused by nature and some caused by humans.  For many, the word 'disaster' evokes images of buildings in shambles, decimated communities, and families who are homeless and uncertain where their next meal will come from.  Until recently these disasters included only such events as tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and terrorist attacks.  However in recent months an uncommon type of disaster has wreaked some if the same havoc brought about by those more familiar means.  Perhaps not surprisingly, we refer to the worldwide economic crisis.
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08 Apr THE SPEECH IMPROVEMENT COMPANY CELEBRATES ITS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Oldest Speech Coaching Company in the U.S. Reaches 50 Years in BusinessBrookline, MA – April 8, 2014The Speech Improvement Company (TSIC), the oldest speech coaching organization in the country, today announced it is celebrating 50 years in business. This family owned second-generation speech coaching company has trained over one million people globally, including some of the biggest names in business, politics and entertainment. Current clients include Allstate, Bain Capital, Bank of America, Boston Scientific, Burlington Coat Factory, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Fidelity, IBM, IDC, Jon Platt of Warner/Chappell Music, Harvard UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Oxfam America, Staples, and TJX Companies.
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