05 Mar Virtual Reality for the fear of public speaking

What started in 1997, as an in-house tool only for coaches to use Virtual Reality with clients is now closer than you think for the masses!  Our interactive virtual reality experience is the first of it’s kind and will be available this spring!  It’s not simply a panorama image with static people, but interactive people.  The pro-version will allow a coach to jack-into the matrix if you will and control the avatars to create a more lifelike experience!  To learn more click here!

The video here is from WGBH in Boston.

 

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Dr. Ethan Becker
Dr. Ethan Becker
ethan@speechimprovement.com

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’.   (more…)

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Dennis Becker
Dr. Dennis Becker
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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 (more…)

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Dennis Becker
Dr. Dennis Becker
dennis@speechimprovement.com

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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Katie Ackerley
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08 Apr THE SPEECH IMPROVEMENT COMPANY CELEBRATES ITS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

Oldest Speech Coaching Company in the U.S. Reaches 50 Years in Business

Brookline, 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. (more…)

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Jeff Turner
Jeff Turner
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