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You are...what you speak!

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Like it or not, people judge our competence based on how we speak. The good news is that by working on your communication and presentation skills you can have a more successful career.

To get your ideas heard, your tone, volume, articulation and body language all have to support your message. In other words, you can’t expect anyone to notice your big idea if you present in a questioning tone where the volume is too low and you’re looking down the entire time.

Instead, speech and voice coach Katina Kalin offers this tip: ”Focus on making strong eye contact as it conveys confidence, focus and interest. Similarly, using a firm voice with adequate volume (but not too loud or brash) displays confidence and authority." Communication skills like these can be developed and improved with practice according to Katina.

Tune into "Making a Living" with me this afternoon at 4 pm EST/1 pm PST and learn more on how you can present yourself well in any public speaking or interview situation!

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