Improve Communication: Speak Smoothly, Clearly & Confidently
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How to Improve Communication Skills: Clear Interviews, Express Ideas, & Make Presentations Smoothly & Confidently!
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4.4 (217 ratings)
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Created by Michael Williams
Last updated 4/2013
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 7 mins on-demand audio
  • 3 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn to speak more smoothly so that both you and those to whom you are speaking feel relaxed, tuned in, and focused.
  • Learn to speak more fluently so that your thoughts and words stream together in sync helping you present your thoughts and ideas in an intelligent and precise manner.
  • Learn to speak more clearly so that your listeners can understand exactly what you're saying and what you mean.
  • Learn to speak more confidently so that your listeners like and trust you, and therefore believe what you are saying.
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  • If you are willing to work hard, and stick with this until you see results, you have the prerequisites for this course.
  • This course does NOT have a written transcript. You should be able to sufficiently understand spoken English if you decide to take this course.

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…

  1. Speak more smoothly so that both you and those to whom you are speaking feel relaxed, tuned in and focused.

  2. Speak more fluently so that your thoughts and words stream together in sync helping you present your thoughts and ideas in an intelligent and precise manner.

  3. Speak more clearly so that your listeners can understand exactly what you're saying and what you mean.

  4. Speak more confidently so that your listeners like and trust you, and therefore believe what you are saying.

As a result of putting into practice what you learn from this course, you will be able to:

  • Clear interviews knowing that you have put forth your best self.

  • Express your opinions, ideas, and thoughts easily and well in meetings and in social events.

  • Answer questions with grace and precision, projecting a sense of calm and confidence even if you don't know all the answers.

  • Make interactive, engaging and transforming presentations.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for you if you struggle getting your thoughts and words to sync up.
  • This course is for you if you get nervous or anxious before and during public speaking situations.
  • This course is for you if you stutter.
  • This course is for you if English is your second language and believe your career would be better if you improved your communication skills.
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24 Lectures
Rhythm Is the Key to Speaking Proactively
12 Lectures 01:42:37
When taking this course, please keep this in mind...
Preview 00:43

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. 
Preview 17:15

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. 
Preview 01:53

What Is Proactive Speech and How Can It Transform Your Life?
2 questions

Seven Characteristics of Proactive or Rhythmic Speech
2 questions

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. 
Seven Characteristics of Proactive or Rhythmic Speech
1 page

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. 
The Power of Inflections

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...
Finish Your Words, Finish Your Thoughts

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. 
Extend Your Words for Impact and Flow

Do have words that are difficult to get out?  If so, this little trick can be a real life saver.  
Making Them Connect

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. 
Synchronize Your Body

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.  
Reverse Swimming

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.  
Over Articulation

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. 
Transition - Making This Work For You

The Rhythm Test
4 questions
Using Rhythm In Presentations
3 Lectures 51:13
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. 
Keep Your Knowledge Reservoirs Full

Your audience has questions.  They want them answered.  Here's how you build your presentations for maximum satisfaction. 
Build Your Presentation Around Their Questions

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. 
Create Great Notes, Then Throw Them Away
Using Rhythm In Conversations
2 Lectures 26:44
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. 
You're In Control, So Take Your Time

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...
Start With Them
Using Rhythm In Interviews
2 Lectures 37:01
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. 
Give Them Who They're Looking For, But...

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. 
Each Response Is a Mini-Presentation
Course Conclusion
1 Lecture 06:32
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. 
Course Summary-Conclusion: 3 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills
Additional Resources
4 Lectures 16:41
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.  


Preview 12:36

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.  
Preview 00:26

About the Instructor
Michael Williams
4.3 Average rating
513 Reviews
13,165 Students
8 Courses
Speech Coach for Professionals Who Stutter

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.