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“Communications is the Bedrock of Success” – An Interview with Brian Rashid

In a video filmed at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Brian Rashid asked a classroom of students, “What prevents you from being a great speaker?” “Rejection!” “Nerves.” “Lack of confidence.” “Self-doubt.” “Fear of boring the audience.” “Not being smart.” … Continue Reading

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Like, Can I Check Your Reservation? How My Dad & an App Got Me to Stop Talking in Similes!

“Stop talking in similes!” This is a phrase (and often an exclamation!) I have come to know all too well throughout my life. It originates from none other than my own father, and one he wishes he didn’t feel compelled … Continue Reading

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J. Scott Wunn Answers 3 Big Qs on Debate in Our Divided Country & Emerging Tech’s Role

There is no debate about J. Scott Wunn’s mission and his good works. Since 2003, Wunn has been the executive director of the National Speech & Debate Association. With the goal of giving all students access to speech and debate, Wunn has … Continue Reading

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The Words Every College Senior Dreams of: “I GOT A JOB!” #SpeechFitness

  Staying in shape is never easy. It requires dedication, motivation and a willingness to commit time. If you don’t work on your physical fitness on a weekly basis, then you lose your momentum and have to start back at … Continue Reading

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Actors! Casting Director Marci Liroff (Credits: “Mean Girls,” “E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, etc.”) on Why Being Articulate, Like, Totally, Matters

Marci Liroff is a pre-eminent casting director with credits that include many of the most iconic films (and several of my all-time favorites) including E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, Mean Girls, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Pretty in Pink, Vampire … Continue Reading

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Who is, Like, in Your LikeSquad?

The way we speak is contagious and a tribal form of bonding (like, ya know, totally!). We are all so busy wanting to be part of the tribe that we don’t realize how habitual verbal crutches become – how they … Continue Reading

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Giving New Meaning to “Fillerbuster”

Ever since I had the epiphany that the use of filler words are at epidemic proportions, and that an app could help us all be better speakers, I have been frustrated by the lack of words to describe this pervasive phenomenon. … Continue Reading

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Superhero Lauren Galley on Generation Z’s “LIKE” Overload!

Over the years, Twitter has delivered some pretty spectacular new friends. One of my favorite “tweeple” is the 21-year-old inspiring superhero, Lauren Galley. If you don’t know about her, you should… Lauren is all about girl power! As an award-winning teen … Continue Reading

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How NOT to Sustain an Injury During a Presentation #SpeechFitness

I remember my first middle school presentation as a blur of me stuttering profusely right before tripping over an overhead projector cord into the whiteboard, which left me with a bruised face, broken ego, and my teacher’s reassuring words that … Continue Reading

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VIDEO: College Students Ask: Do Your Friends Talk Like This?

Whether it’s in the dining hall, in class, or in your dorm room, hanging out and talking with friends is fun! But have you ever paused during a convo and noticed something about how your friends speak? Namely, do your … Continue Reading

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