The late Dr. Paula Borkum Becker was one of the most influential women in the speech communication industry. As co-founder of The Speech Improvement Company, she was an expert at helping businessmen and women worldwide to improve their communication skills. Her strong business skill assisted her as she built TSIC in the 1960’s with her husband Dr. Dennis Becker, during a time when women were not as accepted as business owners. She was a valuable member of the TSIC team, and is dearly missed by her clients and staff. Her name and legacy live on as an influential figure in the speech communication world.
Dr. Becker’s undergraduate degree was in Speech Pathology, Audiology and Speech Communication. Her Master’s degree was in Business Communication and Administration, and her Ph.D. degree was in Business Communication. She introduced the concepts of speech pathology into the business world in the form of coaching business executives to strengthen the quality of their speech. This background served her well as she developed the accent reduction program, used by corporate professionals around the Globe. People from around the world would travel to the headquarters of TSIC located in Brookline, MA to sit and work with Dr. Becker.
Her many areas of expertise included accent reduction, executive presentation coaching, leadership and management communication, business English, communicating technical data to non-technical listeners, and interpersonal skills development. Her coaching and consulting was especially helpful to her international clients whose native languages were not English. She was also the author of TSIC’s award winning and historical accent reduction program, used to help people around the world to strengthen business English.
Dr. Becker authored several books, including Communicating Through Signing, a unique book on non-verbal communication, as well as a manual on how to prepare and conduct corporate breakfast seminars. She was a major contributor to the book No Fear of Speaking. She authored the book entitled Speaking Skills for Business Careers, a number one college text, as well as two training books, Powerful Presentations and Customer Service and The Telephone.
Dr. Becker’s keen business acumen has ensured the firm’s survival for 50 years, making it the oldest speech coaching and training firm in the United States. Over the decades, Dr. Becker and the team at TSIC have worked with leaders of countries, leaders of companies, to people in all walks of life. She was a valuable member of the TSIC team, and is dearly missed by her clients and staff. Her name and legacy live on as an influential figure in the speech communication world.