Aug 112021
 

Isn’t the essay on the Common Application just a formality? Admissions officers can’t possibly read the essay on every application, can they? The new “Test Optional” criteria recently enacted by many colleges, even the most selective, changes the factors in college admissions and places much greater emphasis on the Comm App Essay. Many students and Read more

Mar 262021
 

How important are presentation skills if I’m working on a remote platform like Zoom? Other participants don’t expect a polished presentation on Zoom — or do they? Can’t I just read my script on Zoom as if I were presenting in person? Some of the concerns my clients have raised over the years have changed Read more

Nov 102020
 

How to be safe and still receive services? LazarSpeech transitioned to an entirely virtual platform on March 20, 2020. All sessions have been held on Zoom, occasionally on Skype or FaceTime if clients need a different online application. With a randomly generated meeting ID and embedded password, clients have a secure link — they simply Read more

Jun 092020
 

We listen all the time: to the radio, television podcasts, especially to family and friends. Isn’t listening the same for all these activities? Listening to family, friends and business acquaintances is a very different process than listening to media sources. When we interact with others we establish a dialogue that is critical to a shared Read more

Mar 272020
 
Words, Words, Words...

In these difficult times we can still use words to keep us together without touching   Words separate human beings from every other species. It’s a gift from nature we can use in these difficult times to gather and share information, comfort, reassure one another, and continue the social interactions so necessary for the mind Read more

Jan 132020
 

If you’ve ever felt you were the only one fearful about making a presentation, be assured, you’re not alone.  In fact, you have most of the world agonizing with you.   For many people deciding what to say, how to say it, then standing up in front of others is like confronting a fire-eating dragon. Read more

Oct 082019
 

Do people really want to hear my story? Do I want to relate personal details to strangers? Whether you’re an executive presenting your sales pitch, a college graduate interviewing for your first job, or a high school student speaking with an admissions officer, your personal narrative can be the key to reaching your goals.  Telling Read more

Mar 112019
 

Create a Dialogue If I’m giving a presentation, why do I need to create a dialogue with my audience? When you make a presentation — to one or 500 people — you want to capture their attention and engage them so they see your point of view.  If you’re simply speaking “at them,” it’s likely Read more

Jan 182019
 
How Technology Has Revolutionized Speech Coaching and Therapy

Technology has broken barriers in speech coaching and therapy Not only has technology revolutionized the work environment for millions of executives, but it has also introduced alternatives for speech coaching, executive skills training and traditional speech language therapy. In my practice I have incorporated remote therapy using Skype or FaceTime to help clients in all Read more

Sep 142018
 

How important can storytelling be if it’s not taught in school? In a recent article in The New York Times by Frank Bruni entitled, “How to Get the Most Out of College,” he writes:  “Every successful pitch for a new policy, new product or new company is essentially a story, with a shape and logic intended to Read more