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

Jun 062019
 

Why write my essay now?  It’s summer! What rising high school senior hasn’t asked this question at the end of the highly pressured junior year?  Completing high level courses, perhaps AP or honors, taking ACT or SAT tests, visiting colleges… add in a sport or school play, community service:  this has been a busy year. 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

Apr 022018
 

Whether speaking or writing the following key points apply for effective business communications: Tailor your message to your audience If you’re trying to create a dialogue with another individual, consider the interests of the person you’re interacting with: are they receptive to what you have to say?  Do you need to capture their interest?  What Read more

Sep 122017
 

literate [lit-er-it] adjective 1. able to read and write 2. having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read 3. characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like 4. having knowledge or skill in a specified field 5. having an education; educated; learned    Fundamentally, the literate person is a “learned person.” Computer literate, social media literate, etc.  What does it mean to be “learned” these days? We live in a constantly changing world. Technology has altered our society in ways as profound as the industrial revolution and the Read more

Jul 102017
 

Isn’t the essay on the Comm App just a formality? Admissions officers can’t possibly read the essay on every application, can they? Many students and their parents believe that the most important criteria for admission to college are grades and standardized test scores, SAT or ACT.  These are still the most important factors considered by Read more

Jun 022015
 

Are the 3 r’s,”reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic” the basics of what one needs to know? For many years, educators have emphasized “the 3 r’s” as the cornerstone of skills students must have for academic success.  While these remain critical skills, the fourth part of the cornerstone has rarely been given appropriate focus but remains essential for students Read more

Feb 132015
 
Individualized Corporate Workshops

Individualized, corporate workshops can be developed for your company or school.  Feel free to contact me by phone or email: [email protected], or 914-631-5082. There are no upcoming public workshops scheduled during the winter of 2015 but I frequently post my articles on public speaking, writing, language, cognitive function and speech pathology on the Blog section of the website.

Dec 122014
 

Can improving your skills for public speaking make you a better writer? Can improving your writing skills make you a better speaker? Surprisingly, the answer to both of these questions is YES! Leaving aside the vocal features and body language critical for public speakers (I’ve written about this topic in previous blog articles), the choice of material, organization and Read more

Aug 072014
 

In an article published in the Education Life section of the New York Times last year,  an external admissions reader for University of California at Berkeley wrote: “…we had been told to read for the “authentic” voice over students whose writing bragged of volunteer trips to exotic places or anything that “smacks of privilege… fortunately, that authentic voice Read more