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“Communication is Becoming a Lost Art”: An Interview with Professor Lynn Owens, UNC Chapel Hill

  (Contributed by Katie Nash, Student at UNC Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism) What, like, happened?! As a student, I walk through campus every day and hear all types of conversations, and in class, a variety of presentations.  I … Continue Reading

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An App for Campaigning: Speaking Politically with Kristen Browde, New York’s 1st Major Party Candidate Who is Transgender

  At the book signing of Hillary Clinton’s memoir “What Happened,” I happily found myself in line with Kristen Browde, attorney and former Emmy-award-winning CBS news reporter, who recently put in her bid to become the next supervisor of New Castle … Continue Reading

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You Can’t Mumble Your Way Through Shakespeare: An Interview with Acting Coach Howard Fine

  My introduction to Howard Fine was in the form of a tweet that underscored our shared mission and, suffice to say, made my day. Howard Fine is the master acting coach behind the Howard Fine Acting Studio (Los Angeles … Continue Reading

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It Takes “COMMFIDENCE”! Feeling of Verbal Empowerment Now has a Name

You ace your speech and it feels so great!   Is there a word for that feeling of verbal empowerment? Our ability to communicate articulately and confidently is not only the single most pivotal skill that can get us what we need out … Continue Reading

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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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