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The Connecting Word

The Connecting Word

By Maria Rotger
Welcome to The Connecting Word!

This podcast is focused on effective communication and achieving success through language

➤ How can you use language consequently to reach and consolidate your wishes and achievements?

Check up on the use of speech, as a way of positioning yourself before the world, deepening the codes that allow you to using effective communication and achieving success through language.

➤ Most of all, you’ll be able to get success accomplishing your personal and career goals through understanding what language is!
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Interview-How to improve your communication skills - Part Three
Hi! I am Maria Rotger, and this is The Connecting Word. Today, we have a special guest, my friend, and talented psychologist Cati Llodrà. She's a psychologist by vocation and has been working in human resources for more than ten years. She believes that learning and communication are closely related, so she works to improve both fields. During this pandemic, she has been involved in a remarkable project, improving the communication of older people with their family and friends, thanks to an intelligent device to share photos, videos, and video calls. 1. Have you ever thought about how you communicate with other people, both in your personal life and at work? My job is to have productive conversations with other people, so I must take care of what I say and how I do it so that the message is as clear and precise as possible. I must also pay attention to the people I talk to. So yes: professionally, I often think about how we communicate. At home, I sometimes think out loud along with those around me, but I also try to listen a lot. The goal is to understand each other. We want to feel connected. 2. You've worked on different projects and jobs, did you notice any difference in how you used your words? Every situation determines what we say, and we do it. It's a crucial aspect to adapt our communication to the interlocutor and the context. Just doing so, I can achieve my objective, may it be to analyze a problem to be solved, convince or persuade someone to do something, share knowledge with the team or just chat informally during a break. There are such significant differences! 3. Have you ever delivered a speech? And if so, how was it? Tell us the process of preparing it, then giving it and your sensations afterward. I use to deliver speeches in front of diverse audiences, and I've learned that for a presentation to impact, the key is preparation and training! Initially, I looked cold-hearted and distant, but preparing the content, training, and launching myself into speaking; it improved a lot. Now, I enjoy during my speech, because I am not nervous anymore, and that allows me much more game with the audience. They can feel I'm closer. And the feeling of having done an excellent job is enormous. If one day it doesn't go so well, I know how to improve next time. ☞ Find more information in our "How to deliver a speech" episodes! 4. Do you care about using an extensive vocabulary, or you prefer simplicity? Except that I must use technical terms and that can make communication a little more charged ("heavier"), in general, I think that less is more ... But it must be a very well chosen "less." And when necessary, I don't hesitate to clarify (not to mix things up!). 5. How many languages do you know? Can you tell any differences that are significant for your experience when communicating with them? I am bilingual, Catalan / Spanish, and have spoken English personally and professionally for years. It's using English (the language that I am least proficient with) when I get the best feelings every time I make it to maintain excellent communication. But when I am not able, it generates much more frustration, since, with the other two languages, ​​I would go to other words or expressions, but in English, I don't always have this resource. Today we've been lucky to share this conversation with Cati Llodrà and learn more about communication skills. ALSO, IF YOU WANT TO DEEPEN THIS INFORMATION, CHECK UP ON OUR VIDEOS AND ARTICLES AT OUR VIDEO BLOG SIGNEWORDS.COM/CONNECTINGWORD Welcome to The Connecting Word!
07:15
June 5, 2020
Delivering a speech. Part One: Is it better to bring notes or a completed draft?
Delivering a speech. Part One: Is it better to bring notes or a completed draft? Hi! I am Maria Rotger, and this is The Connecting Word. In this episode, we'll dig into how to deliver a speech, focusing on preparing the notes you'll develop during your presentation or lecture. Usually, it's better to use notes with ideas and concepts, rather than a completed speech. This claim is so, especially if we want to provide freshness to our talk so that it's natural and close to the audience. If we write a lecture and say it accurately as we've written it, we might create the impression of a read speech, not a spoken one. Giving a speech is talking to the listeners, not reading to them. Of course, you can read parts, especially when data appear, such as, for example, quantities, dates, historical facts, or research results. How to prepare the notes We may start by making a list of ideas and concepts that we'd like to discuss, which we'll develop later. Ideas and concepts can be written down in the form of single words to make it even easier. Afterward, from simple words, some short lines will come out, and some of these will grow into more complex phrases. Again, some of these words and sentences will stay as they are, and we'll build them later during the speech. But also, we'll write other lines in more detail. These we'll be read, or we might have learned them by heart. The parts that we'll develop spontaneously before the audience will create the desired effect of spontaneity and differentiation in each lecture we deliver. Even if we present the same speech in several events, it's positive that in each one, it comes differently, adapted to each situation. This scenario also occurs in live concerts or at the theater. The performing arts present us with the magic of the live show, which will always be different if they are authentic. And the authenticity is captured immediately by the audience, maybe without even thinking about it. People certainly know when a speech is authentic and sincere. The lists of ideas, concepts, short lines, and long sentences are different for each person, so let's not look for a role model. Be brave and create a unique style. ALSO, IF YOU WANT TO DEEPEN THIS INFORMATION, CHECK UP ON OUR VIDEOS AND ARTICLES AT OUR VIDEO BLOG SIGNEWORDS.COM/CONNECTINGWORD Welcome to The Connecting Word!
03:19
April 10, 2020
How to improve your communication skills - Part Two
Hi! I am Maria Rotger and this is The Connecting Word In this episode, we’ll dig into how to improve your communication skills. Part Two. In part one we analyzed tip one, on how to become a critical reader, thus improving our communication skills. Today, we’ll see two more tips on this matter: Two 2. Practice makes perfect A difficult exercise, albeit a very useful one, is to record yourself. Although very daunting and somewhat cringe-worthy at first (do I sound like that?!), this exercise proves invaluable as it forces us to listen to how we come across and to spot important, yet avoidable, issues such as: the excessive use of gap fillers: notice and stamp out all the ‘ums’, and ‘erms’. They make us sound insecure and even unconvinced of what we are saying; also, the overexploitation of empty interjections: so many of us have become lazy with language and (ab)use interjections such as ‘like’ (‘So, like, what do you think, about this, like?’) which lower the tone and quality of our communication. Learn how to use intonation The recording also allows us to hear whether we are using intonation to our advantage (Do I sound flat and monotonous, and therefore sleep-inducing? Do I vary my intonation, keeping the delivery bouncy and engaging?). Three 3. Map it out ‘I’m so happy I didn’t plan this speech!’ said no one, ever! ヅ A little bit of preparation and some rehearsing can go a long way to making what you have to say sound good ➤ but more importantly ➤ ensuring you deliver your words with confidence. This is particularly true if you have to give a presentation to a group of colleagues or deliver an important speech in front of a large audience. The organization is always the key Organize what you are going to say beforehand: our team has lost count of the number of speakers we have interpreted for, who: ramble on go off-topic contradict or repeat themselves! Stick to your points Deliver them clearly and concisely And trust us ➤ not only will you communicate effectively ➤ you’ll gain a lot of respect from your listeners in the process. TOP TIP TED Talks are a great resource for learning how to deliver speeches. Actively observe the techniques adopted by the speakers and apply the ones you find effective to enhance your communication skills. ALSO, IF YOU WANT TO DEEPEN THIS INFORMATION, CHECK UP ON OUR VIDEOS AND ARTICLES AT OUR VIDEO BLOG SIGNEWORDS.COM/CONNECTINGWORD Welcome to The Connecting Word!
04:09
January 18, 2020
How to improve your communication skills - Part One
Hi! I am Maria Rotger and this is The Connecting Word In this episode, we’ll dig into how to improve your communication skills. Part One. What is communication? Communication is defined as the act of transferring information from one place to another. It is achieved through four different means: · written: letters and emails · non-verbal: body language and gestures · visual: graphs and maps · and verbal communication: speaking Verbal communication is: · bi-directional, when interacting with others · or uni-directional when, for example, delivering a speech This podcast is going to focus on the communication skills required to deliver a speech Some hacks can help to improve our spoken communication skills and make us sound less clumsy and decidedly more eloquent than we might think. The advice dispensed here is based on our team’s experience as multi-lingual interpreters, a profession that hinges on communicative abilities. Here are three ways in which we honed our communication skills in our mother tongue and also in foreign languages, like myself: podcasting in English as a foreign language! One 1. Become a critical reader As interpreters, we are only as good as our ability to convey messages naturally and effectively in English and other languages. To do so, we need in-depth subject knowledge and an extensive word bank to glean from. How do we build up our vocabulary? Enhancing our speaking range We read actively every day for at least 10 minutes. What does this mean in practical terms? It means that for every article we read, in any language, we note down five words or expressions and add them to our “language booklet”: a notebook where we record all our new linguistic findings, be it: · new idioms · turns of phrase · or slang … we then make a conscious attempt to use these in our oral communication, thus actively enhancing our speaking range. TOP TIP Setting aside 10 minutes to read an article online is not that much of a chore but be sure to pick your reading material wisely! There is a lot of poor content out there, so opt for a reputable website. We recommend newspapers and magazines written by professional journalists, such for example the Guardian for English. Stay tuned for the second part of this episode. ALSO, IF YOU WANT TO DEEPEN THIS INFORMATION, CHECK UP ON OUR VIDEOS AND ARTICLES AT OUR VIDEO BLOG SIGNEWORDS.COM/CONNECTINGWORD Welcome to The Connecting Word!
04:00
December 22, 2019
Presentation - The Connecting Word Podcast
Hi! I am Maria Rotger and this is The Connecting Word With this first episode, we initiate this podcast focused on effective communication and achieving success through language How can you use language consequently to reach and consolidate your wishes and achievements? Check up on the use of speech, as a way of positioning yourself before the world, deepening the codes that allow you to using effective communication and achieving success through language. Most of all, you’ll be able to get success accomplishing your personal and career goals through understanding what language is. If this podcast is, foremost, about effective communication and achieving success through language, therefore, we talk about a wide range of subjects related to communication and language, as: how to communicate effectively relating it to language as a concept itself using copywriting services and taking advantage of learning how to speak in public understanding the influence of language on our emotions and actions together with interesting translation services and analyzing youtubers’ life and influencers’ life but also learning languages and studying the digital mindset through multiple linguistic services attaining multicultural and multilingual communication and language in art and culture along with language in creation pondering if a universal language would be good but also introducing motivation and personal care and we go on! About our speakers → Firstly, the blog’s keynote speaker is myself, Maria Rotger →→ And, most importantly, we are happy to benefit from the interesting collaboration of successful speakers, youtubers and influencers, because they kindly share with us their experience as top communicators! In essence, this is a podcast by SIGNEWORDS about effective communication and achieving success through language , since this podcast is part of the SIGNEWORDS’ project, comprising an international language services provider, specialized in professional translation and content creation services. SIGNEWORDS integrates SEO translation services and copywriting services, ensuring that our clients and followers can communicate across languages in an optimal way. ➥ Thus: All your content maintains maximum consistency This way, you always present the best image of your project Gain your own communication style across languages WE HOPE YOU ENJOY OUR EPISODES! AND THAT WE CAN HELP YOU COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY THEREBY EXPRESSING YOURSELF BETTER IN THIS global, digital and multilingual world! ALSO, IF YOU WANT TO DEEPEN THIS INFORMATION, CHECK UP ON OUR VIDEOS AND ARTICLES AT OUR VIDEOBLOG SIGNEWORDS.COM/CONNECTINGWORD Welcome to The Connecting Word!
04:07
December 6, 2019