RNC and DNC Highlight the Power of Great Speaking Skills

Posted September 27th, 2012 by deborah.ross with No Comments

With both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention providing a stage for some of our country’s best speakers, the conventions emphasized the importance of great speaking skills.

From Mitt Romney to President Obama, presenters at both the RNC and the DNC showed the value of professional speech development through their clear, confident and poised speaking skills.

Though they make it seem easy, don’t let them fool you. These presenters have spent time and hard work honing their speaking skills through hours of practice and professional speech development.

Professional Speech Development Helps Make Simple Messages Powerful

As President Obama wrapped up his address, his words were simple but delivered in a powerful way, “On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties, It will be a choice between two different paths for America.”

In the same way, Mitt Romney used simple content that was delivered with a polished professionalism, “If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future.”

No matter who you’ll be voting for in November, both speeches accent the importance of professional speech development and the impact it can have on delivering your message.

WHAT you say is 5% of your message, HOW you say it is the other 95%.

We’ve helped countless professionals work on their speaking skills. Our clients consistently remind us that WHAT you say is 5% of your message, but HOW you say it is the other 95%. Our clients learn that HOW they say WHAT they say is the KEY to the audience hearing their intended message.

Professional speech development can:
– reduce frustration for you and your listeners by improving speech clarity
– advance professional image
– improve self-confidence
– reduce grammatical and articulation “errors”
– provide a better ability to be understood on the phone and during presentations
– improve your speaking voice (less nasal, better projection, more “powerful” and authoritative)

If you’re interested in improving your public speaking skills, contact us today. We are here to help you acheive your goals.

Gabby Giffords In A Moving Recital of The Pledge of Allegiance

Posted September 20th, 2012 by deborah.ross with No Comments

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) delivered a moving, courageous and beautiful Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night. Her recital highlighted the importance and success of great Speech Pathology.

Through her hard work and determination, she was able to stand tall and lead a stadium full of people in a moving tribute to our country.

Speech Therapy and Hard Work Led to a Big Success

After the tragic Tucson shootings that nearly took her life in January 2011, Giffords’ speech was severely impaired to the point that she was told by doctors she may never be able to speak again.

After months of hard work with her speech pathologist, Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, Giffords has made amazing strides in being able to speak again. As part of her treatment plan, ASHA certified speech pathologists used pictures, books, music, interactions with loved ones in-person and on the phone, professional role-based materials, as well as community-based outings like going to restaurants so she could order lunch.

As Giffords’ husband Captain Mark Kelly put it, speech-language pathologists “have played a critical part in Gabby’s recovery and helped her regain her ability to communicate.”

A Heartfelt “Thank You” to Gabby Giffords

From the San Diego Speech Therapy team we think it is important to take pause and say, “Thank you Gabby Giffords for your courage and hard work. You are an inspiration for all of us working hard to recover communication abilities once again.” We are pleased she is nominated to receive the 2012 Annie Glenn award at the annual ASHA convention in Atlanta, GA.

Her amazing recovery emphasizes the role that post-hospital speech therapy plays in regaining the ability to communicate once again. Through hard work, moving beyond embarrassment, frustration and anger at the sense of loss; she turned a hopeless situation into a beautiful story of strength and hope.

Here at SDST, we believe in helping our patients find their success stories, just like Gabby Giffords. If you’re struggling to overcome speech issues, contact us today. We are here to help.

Read an interview with Nancy Helm-Estabrooks here:

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