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How to Become More Engaging, Confident and Social with Interpersonal Skills Training

How to interact in the workplace or developing a social life is not always natural for everyone. It’s hard having the confidence to take risks or know how to be calm, confident and interesting when interacting with new or important people. What to say, how much to say, or what not to say can be difficult to navigate. With our interpersonal skills training, we teach you new skills and strategies to be more dynamic and purposeful with all people in a variety of environments and circumstances.

Elizabeth Peterson has been a speech therapist and speech coach for over 23 years and has operated her practice in Denver for over 14. She is highly specialized in social and interpersonal skills and can help position you to lead your best life.

Our Interpersonal Skills Training Will Teach You How To:

  • Speak with more interesting melody patterns (intonation) that present as interesting and engaging.
  • Eliminate the behaviors of sounding monotone, mumbling, talking too fast or with a thin nasal sounding voice.
  • Speak from your “ideal” pitch range and communicate with stronger and richer vocal tones that people find attractive and confident.
  • Speak from a diaphragm breath. Diaphragm breathing is one of the best strategies for combating nervous and anxious feelings in uncomfortable situations.
  • Use body language strategically to build confidence and send signals that show interest and that you are approachable.
  • Ask open-ended questions that will build up an interesting conversation.
  • Ask questions that draw out more information for good follow-up questions that show sincere interest and that you are listening.
  • Learn strategies for improving your spontaneous conversational skills.
  • Learn how to simplify complex and scientific information for non-technical people.
  • Nice to Know vs Necessary to Know. Learn the difference between the right amount of information and too much, which can be overwhelming and cause people to tune you out.
  • Interview more strategically and skillfully.

Interpersonal Skills Training is Right for You If You Want To:

  • Engage more in the workplace or be perceived differently from colleagues or managers
  • Expand your social network
  • Build conversations naturally without feeling awkward
  • Deliver information that is meaningful with purpose or action
  • Network more effectively
  • Interview with higher confidence and better skills

Some people make social navigation seem easy. The truth is, it can be as hard as navigating a jungle without a map. Get the right tools to better prepare you and even enjoy yourself in the process.

Private Training in Denver or Online

We offer 4, 6, and 8 hour private training classes. We focus on communication behaviors and the signals sent, how to speak with higher confidence with crisp and sharp articulation, speaking with a more powerful voice and how to start and build conversation. We may add other skills when we custom design a program to meet your needs. Pricing includes your book with auditory support and private coaching. We offer monthly installments. Pricing ranges from $499-899.

Check with your company to see if they pay for professional development training.

Strategic Questions and Comments

Once we have taught the foundation for intonation, voice and body language, we will explore the deeper elements of building interpersonal skills across all environments and circumstances. You will learn how to think more flexibly and better identify opportunities for starting a conversation by asking the right questions or making skillful comments. If you find that professional or social situations are awkward, you will have new strategies for better social navigation.

Example of a closed question:

“How do you like your Apple watch?”


“I love it. It’s great.” Not much room for building a conversation about an Apple watch…

Example of open questions:

  • “What functions do you like best on your Apple watch?”
  • “What were your weekend highlights?”
  • “What keeps you busy when you are not working?”

These questions are considered “open” because the answers could easily create a platform for a conversation that would build or naturally transition to new topics of interest. People love to talk about themselves, so questions designed in an open format will start the conversation.

If generating questions seems nerve-wracking, start with a detailed comment:

  • I just saw the ______ movie.
  • I went to a seminar about…
  • Today I read that (from a positive topic)
  • I took a trip to…

The hardest part is starting the conversation. Once you have skills to kick start it, you are always forward moving.

Sometimes scientists, engineers and others with technical backgrounds have the opposite issue. They can talk too much or over explain a topic. Learn the strategy, Nice to Know vs. Necessary to Know, for identifying the right amount of information to share with a variety of audiences.

  • Learn how to summarize information that is clear and manageable for different types of listeners.
  • Gain flexibility with your language for delivering information in different styles to:
    • Executive officers
    • Colleagues outside of the scientific or technical field
    • Sales teams
    • Managers
    • General public

There are specific approaches and expectations for how to speak to an executive compared to a colleague. Leaning how to be flexible with your communication style will position you to be more successful with different groups of people and personalities.

If networking is a part of your life and you don’t enjoy it or feel that you navigate it well, learn a variety of techniques to “work” your networking skillfully and gain new leads and opportunity.

  • Learn how to join an existing conversation naturally
  • Find casual and approachable ways to introduce yourself
  • Develop the right “elevator speech” that starts the conversation successfully
  • Formulate the right questions to determine if you have a good lead
  • Ask the right follow up questions to establish the next step
  • Have exit strategies so you can move on to another lead or meet a new person

Networking can be made easier with the right strategies regardless if it is for professional or personal opportunity.

What our Clients Are Saying

I never heard of optimal pitch or up-speak (which I do). Liz is very dynamic and personable. I learned so much.
I had a big meeting with a superintendent and my boss said I sounded confident. I did because of my new skills.
She is all about how you sound and appear. I learned so much.

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