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How to Improve Communication Skills
Do you struggle with getting your words out when explaining things in important situations, situations like interviews, presentations, meetings, phone or video conferences? Do you become anxious, nervous tense up, loose track of where you're at, speak too fast, or even stutter? Do people sometimes have trouble understanding you because English is your second language?
If you answered yes to any of the above, relax…help is finally here! My name is Michael Williams and I stuttered for over 20 years. For the past two decades I've made my living speaking. I teach academic success as a professor, have conducted day-long and multi-day relationship and communication retreats, taught in churches, spoke on live T.V., radio and much more. I've even taught small classes in Spanish. I now work with people from all around the world helping them learn to speak more smoothly, fluently, clearly and confidently. I call this type of speech "Proactive." Eventually, I created a step-by-step process for becoming a Proactive Speaker and I call this the PR90D Speech System.
If you struggle with speaking well, this course can literally transform your life. You probably know from personal experience that not being able to speak well can limit your career choices, restrict your social life, and restrict your relationships. I've worked with people who could not get jobs, or who were being paid up to 30% less because of their speech. These were brilliantly intelligent people, but because of speech limitations, they were not able to express themselves the way they wanted.
In this course, I'm going to share with you one of the master techniques from my PRO90D Speech System that can help you…
As a result of putting into practice what you learn from this course, you will be able to:
If you're willing to put in the time and work, the information in this course will transform your life. If you're not, do not waste your time taking it. While the information may be great, it will do you no good if you don't practice using it. Also, be willing to take however, long it takes to get the results you want. This is not a quick fix. Certainly, you may see amazingly fast results, but don't be disappointed and give it if this doesn't happen. Expect that this will take longer than you expect and be more difficult that you anticipate. The time will pass anyway, so the only question is, will you be doing something to make positive changes while the time is passing?
This course contains over 16 transformative sessions (over 3 hours of instruction). Michael will demonstrate exactly what you need to do to accomplish the goals laid out in this course. If you follow his instructions, you will see results.
NOTE: This course does NOT have a written transcript.
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|Section 1: Rhythm Is the Key to Speaking Proactively|
|When taking this course, please keep this in mind...|
In this introductory video, we will define proactive or rhythmic speech, why it is important and how you can use it to transform your speech and life. In the next video, you'll find a short clip and of an interview with a PRO90D Private Intensive Coaching client where she shares her thoughts on the power and importance of rhythm.
|This is a clip from an interview I did with one my coaching clients who lives in Israel. In this interview, we discussed the power and importance of using rhythm in your speech. I think you'll find it quite interesting.|
What Is Proactive Speech and How Can It Transform Your Life?
Seven Characteristics of Proactive or Rhythmic Speech
|Lecture 4||1 page|
|This document gives a concise overview of the the seven characteristics of Proactive Speech and a few clear instructions on how to make them a natural part of your speech.|
What do inflections and waves have in common? How can inflecting your words help you speak more smoothly? What benefits does inflecting have on your audience? This video will answer the above questions and more.
|One of the most prevalent challenges many people have is speaking too fast and not finishing their words and thoughts. Learning to finish both your words and thoughts eliminates choppy speech, and believe it or not, unclear or jumbled thinking. Let's go inside this video and see why and how this works...|
|Creating smooth speech can be tricky. One of ways you can do this is by extending words. This not only creates smooth speech, it also has the effect of slowing ones speech down. Let's see how this works.|
|Do have words that are difficult to get out? If so, this little trick can be a real life saver.|
|In stressful situations your body may tense up. Your mind may go blank. What can you do about it? Well, use your body, get your body into it. This video will teach you how to get your body in sync with your speech for greater fluency and impact.|
|What do swimming and speech have in common? In this video I'll teach you an important technique that can help you maintain a smooth and rhythmic way of breathing and speaking.|
|Ever driven really fast and then slowed down? How did it feel? It probably felt like your crawling, going really, really slow. This technique works off of a similar principle. By going to the extreme, you'll improve your normal way of speaking.|
|In this video I will share with you how to make this program work for you. I'll discuss why your brain needs to do certain things in a certain way so that you make this new style of speaking natural and automatic. You don't want to miss this transitional session.|
The Rhythm Test
|Section 2: Using Rhythm In Presentations|
|Wouldn't you love to be able to develop and deliver excellent presentations without the stress and nervousness that usually accompanies them? Wouldn't it be great if you always had finger-tip access to the right information at the right time while speaking? Well, it is possible, and in this video I'll show you how.|
|Your audience has questions. They want them answered. Here's how you build your presentations for maximum satisfaction.|
|I hate PowerPoint. Well, I hate using it in presentations. I also don't like to use a lot of notes. I believe they CAN be very distracting for both the presenter and audience. Certainly, I know that they are both necessary and can be used quite effectively. But, I'd like to challenge you to discover how to use them as little as possible and why this can make for a much more interactive and powerful experience for both you and your audience.|
|Section 3: Using Rhythm In Conversations|
|Often people feel pressured to respond to questions asked of them immediately. Or they feel that they have to answer questions in a certain way. They don't have to do either. Let's see why in this video.|
|How can you become the type of person people love to speak with? What, specifically, can you do become and excellent conversationalist? Let's take a look...|
|Section 4: Using Rhythm In Interviews|
|Who are they looking for? Who is their perfect candidate? How can you communicate that you are the perfect candidate in a transparent and truthful way? This video will answer those questions for you.|
|In this video, I'd like to present to you a different way of thinking about how you respond to interview questions. You'll also learn how to develop frameworks that you can use to make answering questions much easier and smoother.|
|Section 5: Course Conclusion|
|This audio session is brief, but powerful summary of three specific techniques or strategies you can use to improve your communication skills. Each of them begin with the letter "T" to help you remember them a little better. Thank you for taking this course and I hope it has been truly beneficial for you. Please do leave a comment and share it with others.|
|Section 6: Additional Resources|
21 Steps Videos for Practice
|At some point on your journey to excellence speech, you may decide that you want to go to the next level. Perhaps, you're ready to accelerate your progress, tackle a difficult obstacle between you and the success you know you're capable of. Whatever the goal or desire may be, you may need support. This video explains each of the PRO90D Approach and how it can help you achieve your life goals.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION: PRO90D Private Intensive Coaching
|This course is specifically designed for people who stuttering situationally. If you follow Michael's instructions, your speech will improve beyond your wildest dreams. Forget about trying to treat, fix, eliminate or cure stuttering or stammering. Focus instead on REPLACING your current way of speaking with a smoother, fluent and more confident way. Michael's approach is by far the most complete and effective system on the market for those who stutter.|
|Get your copy here: Don't Try to Stop Stuttering...REPLACE It! or the image below.
Michael is the founder of The Start Speaking Training Center, LLC, author of "Don't Try to Stop Stuttering, REPLACE It!" and creator of The Pro90d Speech System. He is the author of several courses on Udemy and has over 100 videos on YouTube. Michael was a professor of Student Success at a local community college where he began teaching on campus and later switched to online to give him more flexibility.
One of the careers that has served him well was being a Relationship Coach which he did for more than five years. Being married for over 24 years to the same woman both helped him do this job well and gave him an opportunity to enhance his own relationship.
Currently, Michael has devoted himself to two endeavors. One of them is helping people who stutter, stammer, have fear of public speaking or otherwise want to improve their communication (speaking) skills speak more smoothly, fluently and confidently. The other is helping people like himself who are called to teach reach their audiences as effectively and efficiently as humanly possible.
In 2012 Michael was contacted by a wealthy Indian doctor who hired him, and flew him to India to coach his son who was also a doctor (Update: Michael has completed his second paid trip to India in November 2013 where he spent almost (4) weeks doing life and speech coaching). This doctor found Michael on YouTube. THIS event was a turning point for him because it clearly demonstrated the power of clarity, purpose, passion, dedication and video. He had been working with people who stutter for over three years and wondered if he could ever really do this full time. This experience answered his question and totally transformed his life, business and subsequently the lives of all of those whom he has coached since.
More about the Michael the Speech Coach...
For more than 20 years Michael struggled with stuttering, sometimes severe, and other times mild. He always had this awareness of stuttering which in many ways controlled his life and limited him. There were times when he would stutter so severely, he would bite his tongue trying to get a word out. In school, he wouldn't volunteer to do certain things because it required him to read aloud or speak in public. Even when he knew an answer, he would not raise his hand because he wasn't sure he could get the words out. Although, he didn't completely let this hold him back, it did limit him greatly.
Sometime in his mid twenties, he figured out that stuttering speech was not just physical, but was also psychological. He realized that stuttering was as much a way of thinking as it was a way of speaking. Therefore, if he could change his thinking and create a new way of speaking, he could start speaking well.
THIS was the turning point for him. Once he believed this, it gave him hope, courage and the perseverance he would need to stick in there with this process of changing his subconscious over the next several years or so. He also discovered that it would be better to focus on learning to speak well, by modeling great speakers, than to focus on trying to stop stuttering. He didn't know it at the time, but this would be a great breakthrough.
Michael focuses not on treating stuttering, but teaching and coaching people to speak more smoothly, fluently and confidently. He has studied, taught and used accelerated learning strategies, and student success strategies. He has worked in ministry, and as a Relationship Coach, so he knows the importance of having excellent communication skills. Michael has taught live and online. He's done live T.V. interviews, been on radio and even cable television. He has taught classes in English and Spanish. Although he hasn't worked with Spanish intensively in a while, he understands the challenges of learning new patterns of speech, and more importantly, how to overcome those challenges.