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 20 years and has operated her practice in Denver for over 15. She is highly specialized in social and interpersonal skills and can help position you to lead your best life.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Networking can be made easier with the right strategies regardless if it is for professional or personal opportunity.
Books and recorded seminar for accent reduction and public speaking.