New Year, New You

New Years Resolution communication and speech therapy

New Year, New You

How voice and communication training can help you reach your goals for 2019

It is that time of year when we start to reflect on how the past year has gone and what we liked or what changes we could make for the year ahead. As arbitrary as Jan 1, 2019 may be from a logical perspective, it is an opportunity for many to have a benchmark for their goals. After all, it is a time when you feel a sense of comradery as many people around the world are participating in making “New Years resolutions” and sharing their hopes for the year to come.

So what is going to make it onto your shortlist for goals this coming year? Maybe you’re not typically a goal-oriented person and like to play the game as it happens. But regardless of the type of person you are and whether you like to think short-term or long-term with your aspirations- there is a common thread that I think warrants consideration if you’re going to take advantage of the theoretical “restart and refresh” that comes along with a new year.

I have said it before, but it bears repeating- Communication is an essential part of our daily lives. Effective communication has been linked to improved quality of life, not only in our personal lives but in our professional lives as well. How we communicate affects how we treat others but also how others react and respond to us.

When people reflect on things they would change or goals they want to achieve, communication skills are at the core of the challenges they need to overcome but are often overlooked. Whether it is advocating for a promotion, negotiating a raise, having a more active role on a team, communicating your authentic Self as someone who is transgender, recovering from cognitive changes following a brain injury, concussion, or stroke, being more assertive in personal and professional relationships, or overcoming a stutter, voice disorder, or lisp- communication training with a registered speech-language pathologist can help you in reaching new potential with your communication.

When put in the context of how often we communicate throughout our day, it is easy to see how communication is a shoo-in for being on the 2019 resolution list. However, we do have a tendency to take our communication for granted or assume that the way we talk, the way our voice sounds, or the way we interact with people as adults is fixed- and not able to be changed.

As a speech-language pathologist who sees change in adults he works with every day- I have to attest that change is absolutely achievable when it comes to adults and their communication goals.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy- but if you find you are making a 2019 New Years resolution and recognize that some aspect of the way you are interacting with people or how they are responding to you is at the core of that goal- come chat with our speech-language pathologist and find out how we can help you achieve your communication goals and improve your quality of life in 2019.

Happy New Year from TASC!

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