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Do you want to sound intelligent, polished, and articulate? Of course you do! Voice coach Carol Fleming, Ph.D. gives us some great insights based on her years of study and working with thousands of clients.


– To Sound More Intelligent: Speak just a bit slower to allow yourself to select your most appropriate vocabulary and to give the impression of thoughtfulness.

– To Sound More Polished: Never answer a question with a blunt ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Append a short phrase of clarification. For example, "No, I did not see it." "Yes, I know Mary."

– To Sound More Articulate: Make a special effort to pronounce the final sound in a word and use its energy to carry over to the following word. Pay special attention to the final ‘t’ and ‘ng.’