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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, RULES BY THE SOUND, and Boston RULES. She trains individuals, groups, and trainers around the United States with her unique programs. 

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.


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 March 2011

Dear (Contact First Name),


Spring is right around the corner; with that comes Spring Conferences and meetings. I'm receiving many calls about coaching individuals for upcoming public speaking opportunities. And so, here are some tips for helping you make the best presentation possible when the time comes for you. 


Do not forget that the first few seconds upon meeting others are the most critical! This is where we make our first and lasting impression.

How do you look? What you wear matters a lot, but so does your posture and the way that you stand. Do you project confidence? What is your body language like? What are you doing with your hands? How are you holding your head? What about your eye contact? Do you have a genuine smile? All of these aspects are  elements that are judged  when you speak in front of a group.


How do you sound? Do you sound animated or monotone? Are you speaking too quickly or too slowly? Do you sound confident or tentative? Do you sound experienced or like a novice in your field?
Are you organized? Have you planned an introduction? When giving an introduction, you should begin with something that grabs the audience's attention. Examples include a rhetorical question, an amazing fact, a quote, or an important statistic. Whatever it is, you should make the audience want to listen further. However, you should be careful with jokes and humor; they can fall flat or offend someone (which may undermine your entire presentation). 


Why should they listen to you? Why are you the expert? What is your background? You need to establish your credibility if it hasn't already been done when you were introduced to the audience.


What is your message and how will you be addressing it? The audience should hear in the beginning what you will be discussing.   If someone had to leave the room for a phone call  right after the introduction, they should know what the presentation was going to be about.


And this is simply the introduction! Although the content of your presentation is important and contains the examples and details, don't rush though the introduction or conclusion. They are the "bookends" of your presentation and  complete the package. They comprise your first and last(ing)  impressions!  
CHRA Spring Conference

I look forward to seeing many of you at the CHRA Spring Conference at the Hunt Valley Marriott on Thursday, April 28th.  Please stop by the Successfully Speaking exhibit to say hello and ask any questions about the communication skills of you, your staff, or your employees. There will be a raffle for a free communication consultation for you or an employee of your company.

SMEI Meeting-Successfully Speaking:

Watch Your V's

I will be the guest speaker at the April 12th meeting of SMEI (Sales Marketing Executives International) at 7:30-9:30 a.m. at PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Hunt Valley MD. click to register
Our Vision

Successfully Speaking enables individuals from diverse backgrounds to achieve excellence in communication and maximize their professional success.


Warm regards, 


Lynda Katz Wilner, M.S.
Successfully Speaking
Telephone/Fax: 410.356.5666