Happy New Year! Three Communication Resolutions for the New Year

happy-new-year-622149_960_720Happy New Year from Speech Associates of NY! Start 2016 off right by keeping these three simple, but essential communication resolutions:

Keep Your Voice Healthy: Many people don’t realize that they have habits that are damaging to their vocal cords until it is too late and they need professional intervention to fix their vocal issues. Parched vocal cords can be easily damaged and decrease the quality of your voice; drink plenty of water, especially before speaking for a long time or in front of a group. Watch your volume—talking above a comfortable conversational level for long periods of time can cause strain and damage to the vocal cords. Avoid habitual throat clearing: Each time you clear your throat, your vocal cords slam forcefully into one another, which can cause inflammation and injury over time.

Keep it Clear: Many people don’t realize that they mumble or swallow their words. Improve your communication skills and help others to understand your message by making sure you pronounce each and every sound when you speak. Pay particular attention to the sounds at the ends of words: these can be the most important for distinguishing between words, but they’re also the sounds most people tend to drop.

Don’t Forget to Listen! Remember: Communication is a two-way street. It doesn’t matter how well you communicate if you don’t pay attention to what your conversation partner is saying. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk. Listen actively by nodding and occasionally verbally acknowledging your partner’s message. Ask questions to make sure you understand the message and let your partner know that you value what it is they’re saying.

Want to learn more? If you have any questions or would like to know more about speech-language therapy, give me a call at (212) 308-7725 or send an e-mail to jayne@speechassociatesofny.com. I’d be happy to chat and answer any questions you may have.

 

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