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Speaking English Clearly

13th May 2014

“I have had a better reception when speaking English as I have trained to articulate each word in the whole sentence. The warm up exercises are also very important to say English clearly. I’m very appreciative for Miriam’s patience, coaching and professionalism” Tony (Shanghai) March 2014

Once you decide which training option best suits your learning style you can start training immediately. If learning at your own pace, at a time and place that you are most comfortable with then the e-learning programme is for you. You decide where and when you will learn the techniques and practise the exercises so you can speak English with more clarity and confidence. This will enhance your business prospects, job options and your personal life.

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Drama classes helped Lorde gain confidence

18th Apr 2014

The Sunday Star Times reported on February 16 2014 that Lorde’s mother credits drama classes to giving her daugher Ella Yelich-O’Connor (or Lorde to just about everyone) confidence. “Drama classes definitely, absolutely and undeniable increase confidence” said Sonya Yelich.

Drama embraces all eight intelligences and not only gives children confidence but it opens up their thinking skills in all areas which is extremely beneficial for brain development. 

Say It Clearly speech and drama classes includes not only learning dramatic skills but also voice development for performing. We work on poetry recital and prose and as the students get older theory behind voice development and drama.

We run classes during the school term and in the school holidays programmes that also include singing, which is run by Alice Fraser, Southland’s Entertainer of the Year (2013). We are on Facebook Speak Up Sing Out.

Contact Miriam for more information.

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Tone…how important is it?

9th Dec 2013

A discussion started recently on Linkedin about the importance of words, tone and body language. The initial comment stated figures from a study done on communication by R Mehrabian - that message is carried by 7% words, 38% tone and 55% body language” - started a fair bit of discussion.

Why is tone imporatant? In speech changing aspects of our voice can change the meaning of a comment or statement. For example, if we ask: “are you coming by taxi?” in a neutral tone it is simply a question as to how we might be travelling. If we raise our voice and ask the same question in a loud voice, it might suggest we are angry about this choice of transport.

By contrast when we write (text and email included) we cannot hear tone. Our punctuation might suggest our tone but we can’t be sure if someone is trying to be funny, mean or sarcastic by words alone. Which is why conversation (face to face is best) is by far the better way to communicate, to hear the words and understand the meaning beneath the words.

Record yourself repeating the same phrase but using different tone of voice so you can hear exactly how we carry meaning in our tone. Learning how to change your tone is covered in the modulation section of the Say It Clearly manual. For more information contact the author.

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