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Speaking? Tight throat?

I have a job that requires a lot of taking and making calls throughout the day. I'm not a massively sociable and chatty person, but I've been doing it for a year now and I've become good at it. The only problem is that sometimes my throat feels like it constricts and my voice becomes choked and difficult to speak with/hear. [more inside]
posted by forgetful snow on Aug 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Using Dragon Dictate and other accessibility tools for writing/research

If you have figured out how to write research papers as a student with RSI (De Quervain's in this instance), please share tips, tools, or online resources that have helped you. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on May 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How to talk good on the radio?–Speech exercises for average voices?

Speech therapists/radio presenters: I may have to do some podcast-type stuff for work. I don't have a great radio voice. It's thin and slightly regionally accented, and I talk quickly, mumble and (soberly) slur words a bunch. With attention and concentration I can correct these faults up to "average" level; but I'd like to be good at radio/podcast presentation. What further steps should I take? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on May 5, 2014 - 14 answers

How to Handle People When You Cannot Handle People

Seeking coping strategies for dealing with the public on small and large scales during a major depressive episode. My old ways of dealing with a deep low like this are not compatible with the life I've built since the last time this happened, and I would like to keep that life together. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Apr 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Um... well... it sort of... how do I put this... kind of... like...

How do I stop using filler words? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Nov 20, 2013 - 20 answers

English speaking countries history

I want to get a firmer grasp of the English-speaking countries history. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Oct 7, 2013 - 11 answers

INEEDTOSLOWDOWN​SOPEOPLECAN​UNDERSTANDME

How do I teach myself to speak more slowly? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Oct 1, 2013 - 19 answers

Hearing loss makes me talk too quietly (I think) - ideas?

The common sterotype of people with hearing loss is that they SPEAK TOO LOUDLY!!! in order to hear their own voices; for me, though, the problem is starting conversations just a bit too quietly to be easily understood. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Sep 6, 2013 - 7 answers

How does one upload audio clips to YouTube?

For a while now I've been wanting to upload to YouTube audio clips of myself speaking . . . but I've no clue how to do this. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 5, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I be more expressive?

I speak "flatly", with little inflection, tonal variation, or expressiveness. How can I change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2013 - 12 answers

What is odd about my speaking voice, and can it be fixed?

Three times in the last week, I've had someone on the other end of the phone (think doctor's office) ask me if I'm "okay." Thinking back, I get this a lot -- someone on the phone, who can't see my facial expressions, thinks that I sound distraught. I also get asked where I'm from by people who assume that my native language is not English (I'm from the Chicago area, female, and raised by native English speakers; I'm also white, so they're presumably not asking because of my appearance.) Apparently, I have a very strange voice, and I'm starting to worry that it may be holding me back socially. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there any way I can fix it? Lessons? Exercises?
posted by Ralston McTodd on Jun 8, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me sound professional in a phone interview

I just found out that my phone interview tomorrow will actually be a conference call. How has this worked, in your experience? Also, please give me some phone interview tips. (Detailed questions inside) [more inside]
posted by delezzo on Jun 3, 2013 - 20 answers

Kicking off a Webinar - looking for the right thing to say

Not a natural public speaker..but will be speaking publicly later today on a webinar to public safety officials....please help me acknowledge current events in a thoughtful, authentic way, before kicking off the conference call. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

I am your graduation's guest speaker... now what?

I agreed to be the guest speaker at the graduation for a graduate-school program. Students, families, and teachers will be present, about 60 people total. All the grads are getting the same degree. I have a similar degree and now I work in the field which they will be (trying to) work in. (It's a competitive, low-paying field, and the students are well aware of that fact.) I do guest lectures all the time at university classes, sort of like career-day presentations, but I get the feeling I should be talking about big-picture stuff, be optimistic and empowering and inspiring or whatever. Thing is, I don't know how to do that, but I want to make sure the audience gets something useful from my speech. How do I best approach (and format) a 30 minute graduation speech? It's in 1 week.
posted by Jason and Laszlo on May 8, 2013 - 17 answers

House for sale

How to advertise a small French property in the classifieds ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Apr 21, 2013 - 2 answers

How to make webinars better?

Can't Meet In-Person, so how do I execute the best series of Webinars possible for participants? [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 on Apr 4, 2013 - 4 answers

US politicians' multilingual chops

Can you give me specific instances of US political candidates or elected officials publically speaking in a language other than English? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 27, 2013 - 31 answers

Learning a neutral accent and DIY speech therapy

I teach for a living but have a lot of linguistic baggage that I'd like to get rid of. Specifically, I have some weird pronunciation/accent issues and would like to speak "General American" or newscaster English. Is this something I can do on my own? What resources should I use? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Feb 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Who gets paid what in a seminar, workshop or speaking engagement?

I'm starting to get a few requests for speaking engagements and seminars, and I'm not quite sure what to expect on the business side of things. At the moment, these are private individuals who have a little experience with event planning, and know that I could draw a decent audience to a workshop. I'm a little unsure about how profits should be split between me and the organizer. I don't have a problem with the organizer making some money, but I'm the one providing the content, and I want to be fairly compensated. How does this generally work? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Feb 21, 2013 - 8 answers

The Paranthetical Voice

Is there a word for the change of tone of voice used to express a paranthetical phrase? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Feb 10, 2013 - 6 answers

advice for how to present a non-fiction book to a lecture audience

I will be need to present my thesis (which is a 200 page theoretical book) to an audience in about a week. Some of the audience will have read it, but the majority will have not. The argument of the book is too complex and extended to summarize into a 10 minute presentation, so I am not sure what to present. If I try to condense it or if I select just a part to present, the result will be that the whole book will be judged based on that one part. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Jan 21, 2013 - 11 answers

It has been fifteen years. I can't laugh it off.

I teach and I have a nervous laugh. I cannot get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Examples of cliched business speak in the US?

What annoying words and phrases are popping up too often in the US workplace? Whenever I try to think of an example, it is at least 5 years old and people aren't really using it anymore. For example, "hit the ground running" or "the competition ate our lunch". (But those are too old.) [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jan 9, 2013 - 225 answers

Would Chalky White really have sounded like that?

Does anyone have any resources to find historical forms of Ebonics? [more inside]
posted by patricking on Dec 15, 2012 - 11 answers

OH.. MY... GOD IT'S CHANDLER BINGGG

Teach me how to sound pretty and mesmerizing! [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Nov 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Let me put that in writing

I can't think properly when people are looking at me! Please help. [more inside]
posted by btfreek on Sep 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Mystery Years of Silence

I apparently stopped talking from just before I was one till I was about four. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 29, 2012 - 23 answers

How did you teach yourself to "slow down" your speech when presenting?

How did you teach yourself to "slow down" your speech when presenting? [more inside]
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre on Jul 26, 2012 - 24 answers

How much should I charge to speak at an event?

I've been asked to speak at an event in a major American city in front of one or two hundred people. How much should I ask for my speaker's fee? Is this an accurate guide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Advice for speaking/performing with a cold?

I have a cold. I have to talk to talk to a few groups of people in the next 48 hours, and want to avoid excessive coughing, crazy hoarseness, etc. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Jul 9, 2012 - 10 answers

In Hartford, Hereford, and Hampshire...

Please suggest a good elocution and diction program I can use at home with my kids. [more inside]
posted by katyh on Jul 2, 2012 - 2 answers

How to make native small talk

Hi! I'm learning Spanish at the moment, using podcasts and LiveMocha, mostly. I try to speak it as much as possible when doing the LiveMocha exercises, listening to the podcast conversations, etc, but I realise that what's missing is real live conversation with others. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Brevity is the soul of wit?

How did you learn to say more with less? [more inside]
posted by mkdirusername on May 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

I am moving from behind the computer to in front of the computer, how do I learn to speak up during meetings? [more inside]
posted by alfanut on May 14, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I sound like a human being when I talk?

I would like my voice to be engaging and interesting sounding. Difficulty: I currently have the tonal range of a garbage truck. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 7, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I avoid straining my voice

How do I deal with voice strain? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

No more dry runs, please.

Public speaking: I know my material, I feel good about it, I still end up with horrific dry mouth. What can I do to make that ease up? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Mar 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Help Me Speak Pretty

How do you give a presentation with confidence, without reading your notes word-for-word? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Mar 12, 2012 - 29 answers

Vocal exercises for speaking in bars?

Me me ma ma mo mo... Anyone have any tips on speaking exercises to prevent vocal rawness and pain after extended speaking in noisy environments? [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 on Dec 15, 2011 - 10 answers

become a public speaking teacher?

How does one become a public speaking teacher? Is this an actual job? I am in the UK but worldly advice welcome?
posted by parmanparman on Nov 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Finding the Straw Man

Academics: Searching with texts that promote a fair hearing for the opposition. [more inside]
posted by Tennyson D'San on Nov 14, 2011 - 3 answers

What is the name of an old rambling song?

What is the name of the older (1970's?) song where a hippy-type chap sings. The words are like a rambling story with comments on the state of the world and its indulgences something like; "To do, half past 2, clock tick, time you, fast food, food fast, open for business, convineance, emmeniance, de-grease, de-gas" kind of deal?
posted by Cogentesque on Oct 28, 2011 - 7 answers

What's the best speakers' bureau?

Can you recommend a reputable speakers' bureau? [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard on Sep 27, 2011 - 1 answer

My voice is nasally! What can I do?

My voice is nasally! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on May 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Toddler Not Speaking

My 15-month-old daughter isn't speaking yet. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Mar 31, 2011 - 42 answers

What's your favorite inspirational story?

What's your favorite inspirational story? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Feb 11, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm not The Hulk. Really. I promise.

Got my student evals back, and all my students seem to think I'm angry all the time. [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Jan 28, 2011 - 51 answers

They say it's America's number one fear...

What are some good ways to get over my fear of public speaking? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Jan 19, 2011 - 17 answers

It sounds so pretty!

Hailee Steinfeld as Hattie Ross in True Grit (2010) and Megan Fallows as Anne Shirley in the Anne of Green Gables series speak almost exactly the same. And it sounds so great. What is the origin of this method of speaking? Elocution lessons? Having parents in the theatre? What?
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Don't look at me in that tone of voice

I'm looking for suggestions and general thoughts on the subject of how to improve one's tone of voice. [more inside]
posted by choppyes on Dec 25, 2010 - 17 answers

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