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30 Words You're Probably Mispronouncing

Dictionary.com has updated its list of commonly mispronounced English words. We’ve included them below; along with links to the proper pronunciations.

7 Speaking Habits That Make You Sound Smarter [Infographic]

The way you converse with people can reveal a lot about your intellect; even if you’re just discussing the weather. When it comes to projecting intelligence, it’s not so much what you say as how you say it. Here are seven proven speaking habits that will cast you in the best possible light.

How To Speak In Public Like A Pro, Even If It's Your First Time

If you tremble when you think of giving a speech, you’re not alone. It’s normal. Just thinking about it makes me shudder inside — and I’ve spent 18 years giving talks. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years to bust my fear of public speaking.

Know When To Skip A Difficult Conversation By Asking Yourself These Questions

Difficult conversations are a pain for everyone involved. They’re not always as necessary as we think they are though, and Harvard Business Review put together 11 questions to ask yourself before you bother heading into that difficult chat.

Skip The Slides For Your Next Presentation

The next time you’re putting together a set of slides for your presentation, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” Then, an all likelihood, stop making slides.

How To Eliminate 'Um' From Your Speech Forever [Infographic]

Even if you’re confident about what you are saying, filler words like “Um” can creep in and make you sound unsure. A bunch of them in a row make you sound like a slack-jawed cretin. If you want to get a handle on them, this quick reference chart has a ton of handy tips.

Dictater Adds Useful Controls To OS X's Speech Services

Mac: OS X’s Speech services do a fine job of reading the text on your screen aloud, but they lack much in the way of control. Dictater is a free bit of software that adds all kinds of useful features.

Become More Convincing By Using Image-Based Words

When you want to persuade someone, using certain words to tell a story can help sway them. Next time you’re trying to convince someone, use words that help them see a clear picture of your point.

Use a Sandwich or Coffee to Give Thoughtful Answers

Web Worker Daily lets a chief web builder at HP.com tell a rare story—one of senior management leaving a meeting with his workers still respecting his answers and the consideration he gave them. His secret, strange as it might seem, was to keep his lunch sandwich nearby to immediately bite into upon being asked a question, along with a soda for quicker but still-important questions. This wouldn’t work if you’re the type to talk with your mouth full, of course, but substitute an acceptable-most-anywhere coffee or water and you’ve got a way to create needed pauses in conversation without, as the post puts it, “remaining silent for 15 seconds while staring at the ceiling.” Might be worth trying at your next performance review or uber-frustrating meeting, rather than spilling forth with under-cooked ideas. Sandwich Pause Trick When Talking to Real People [Web Worker Daily]

Tips for Asking Questions During Journalistic Interviews

If you’ve ever interviewed someone on camera, in a podcast, or in-person for an article or project and felt that it wasn’t your best interview, blogger Tom Clifford suggests questions that will keep the interview interesting and ideas that should keep the conversation going. Some questions you can ask include, “How did you get involved in this business?” or “What do you think your story tells our audience?” Keep your questions brief. Don’t interrupt. Listen to your interviewee 100%. If your “hero” says something surprising, follow their lead and ask questions based on the discovery. Ask open-ended questions that keep the person talking. Also, most importantly, if you’re meeting with the interviewee in person, create an environment that is comfortable for them and be sure to have a smile on your face. My 22 Best On-Camera Interviewing Tips [Director Tom]

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