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Lynda Katz Wilner, M.S., CCC-SLP is a corporate communication trainer and 
a Speech and Language Pathologist.
She is the founder and director of Successfully Speaking, a woman-owned communication consulting firm, which specializes in professional speaking skills, foreign accent modification, and regional dialect reduction for native and non-native speakers.

Ms. Wilner developed and published Medically Speaking: Accent Modification for the Medical Profession, The Medically Speaking Inventory: Assessment of Accented Speech, and collaborated with Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker in the development of  RULES, Medically Speaking RULES, Medically Speaking Idioms, and RULES BY THE SOUND. She trains individuals, groups, and trainers around the United States with her unique programs. 
January 2011


Happy New Year and here's wishing you a prosperous and healthy 2011! Every January, I get an influx of inquiries as people set their New Year's resolutions for self-improvement. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about you or your employees. For your convenience, I can meet with you and/or your staff at your workplace. Otherwise, we can arrange a complimentary telephone or web-conferencing meeting.

Due to the popular response last November, I will be providing another free webinar on Communication Skills in the Workplace. If there are any topics you would like to hear, please contact me. I will be announcing the new dates next month.

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Visual Communication

In a previous newsletter, I discussed the 3 V's of communication; Visual, Vocal, and Verbal. Here are some tips for Visual or Nonverbal aspects:

  • Dress the part and look professional
  • Stand with good posture, but not stiff
  • Move with purpose; but do not pace or rock
  • Keep hands out of your pockets; it's okay to keep them at your sides at times
  • Use gestures to appear animated, but don't overuse them
  • Maintain eye contact with all of your audience
  • Keep your eyes open and focused, even when thinking about what you want to say
  • Look for feedback from your audience
  • Avoid fidgeting with a pen, pointer, remote control, your hair, your jewelry, change in your pocket, etc.
  • Smile appropriately

If you video record yourself, you'll be amazed at what you will find. Turn off the sound and you can see what you are communicating visually!!!

Interview on Communication and Leadership Styles
I'd like to start the new year with excellent tips for communication. I recently interviewed a colleague, Roberta Chinsky Matuson, on her experience with communication and leadership styles in the workplace. Interview

New Publications

Successfully Speaking has added two more books to our ESL RULES line of training materials for non-native speakers of American English. We now have five titles and one assessment tool. Our products are geared toward intermediate to advanced English speakers who are looking to improve their pronunciation skills, vocabulary, speaking style, and use of idiomatic speech. Typical clients are highly educated non-native English speakers who are working at the management or executive level. This includes scientists, engineers, IT professionals, physicians, nurses, clergy, business executives, architects, HR professionals, realtors, business owners, teachers, and the list goes on!









Check out our other products for your international employees.

Our Vision
Successfully Speaking enables individuals from diverse backgrounds to achieve excellence in communication and maximize their professional success.
Warm regards and success in the coming year, 

Lynda Katz Wilner
Successfully Speaking
Telephone/Fax: 410.356.5666