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           Hello kind reader! Thanks for stopping by! This entry is for those who simply want to become better talkers and communicators. After all, communication is everything.
          As a young businessman, I realize more and more each day the importance of communication, specifically knowing how to talk to in an understandable way. Thus far in my professional career I've been privileged to work alongside and do business with some of the most innovative, knowledgeable, and sharpest minds on the planet. An opportunity that I do not take lightly. For many of my first experiences being fresh out of college, it was a combination of culture-shock and total overwhelm.
           The way these professionals spoke to each other, made presentations, greeted each other, called one another, asked questions, presented information and even spoke over lunch was absolute night and day from everything I had ever witnessed in academia. My thoughts were "Wow! I want to be able to communicate like that!"
           Learning to communicate in a professional and easy to understand way takes time and effort, but trust me, it is well worth it. You want to reach a point where speaking with confidence and poise flows from your speech naturally. This is especially crucial for young professionals, such as myself, but also for those still in school, people who have to interact with others at work everday and those simply wanting to better their communication skills.
           So my own inadequacy in talking caused me to read books, ask questions of other seasoned businesspeople, and make observations of my own. With that being stated, it brings me great pleasure to present to you some of my findings and cite one of the most dynamic professional speakers I have ever met in my life: Mr. Vincent Phipps, M.A.
           Phipps is President of Communication VIP, a leadership communication training company that works to improve overall interpersonal communication. He is a highly-sought keynote speaker and presenter who travels across the globe simply teaching businesspeople how to talk and author of two books: Talk Tips by Vincent Phipps: Book 1 "Amplify Your Presentation Attitude" and Book 2 "Amplify Your Presentation Performance."
           According to Phipps, words such as "uh" "um" and "ah" are costly. These "vocal fillers" cause many speakers to lose immediate credibility in both their presentations, introductions, interviews, and yes even informal conversations. Now for more seasoned and accomplished professionals, these words are of next to no detriment at all. However, to the young and aspiring professional, these words hurt more than they help.
           Phipps says "to your audience you sound unsure, nervous, and boring. Instead, allow air time between statements. This means silence. No fillers! Avoid being this speaker: “Ok, um, today, um, we are going to look at our sales results, and um over the last, um couple of weeks, um…”
           Also according to Phipps, a great speaker knows the importance of voice control. A monotone voice will almost always result in turning your listener away. (Keep this in mind when looking for a job, introducing yourself, and Always! ALWays! ALWAYS! in a presentation or interview).
           "Instead, vary your volume. Say certain phrases faster to show excitement. Say certain words or phrases slower to show emphasis. Pause 2-3 seconds for dramatic effects. Let your voice be an instrument of influence." Says Phipps.
           Lastly, two traits are common in all great talkers and in every great speech: Confidence and Enthusiasm.
           Voice control, nonverbal signals, and plain confidence in yourself are the drivers behind mastery here. As crazy it sounds, I practice in front of my mirror. This allows me to be more conscious of my nonverbal expressions and the tonality of my voice. Those who can navigate a business conversation in a warm, friendly, and polite way, are those who tend to be the best talkers. Practice the way you talk to friends and family, the way you talk on the phone, and even your next face to face interaction. Great interpersonal skills, like any other skill, comes with practice. However, if I can learn to talk (once the World's Shiest and Most Insecure Human Being), then anyone can!

        Thanks for reading, God Bless!

For more information on how to contact Vincent Phipps, M.A. please visit his website:



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