The main title of this post is something Lindsay Perigo would have me repeat.
For the past couple of months I have been taking weekly elocution lessons with Lindsay via Skype. I cannot speak highly enough of the exceptional experience I have had thus far being his pupil, and so I want to share a few details in case anyone reading this thinks that they or someone they know might benefit as have from receiving professional instruction on how to be more clearly understood.
And by professional, it is no exaggeration to say that when it comes to being an elocutionist Lindsay is without doubt one of the best in the field. After all, both his lifelong career and personal passions span the gamut when it comes to perfecting the voice-related.
My taking lessons came about after being caught off-guard during a conversation one day. Lindsay observed I was speaking with a glottal stop where no such oral consonant should exist. This took me completely by surprise, especially since I was under the apprehension my speech was perfectly fine. No one had ever said anything to me about it before.
After enduring listening to an imitation of what I sounded like however, and engaging in some honest self-analysis, I quickly came to realize that he was absolutely right. Whenever I said a "the" before a vowel I sounded terrible. I had no idea!
So, I booked in a one-hour “Speech Warrant of Fitness” check for Lindsay to properly assess the extent of my "disability" and to make some recommendations.
As it turned out I was not too bad in the grand scheme of things. Other noticeable impairments picked up during the initial assessment included my not differentiating between a's and e's (apparently very common for New Zealanders), poor selective emphasis, low energy in my vocals, and not using diphthongs where I am supposed to. Lindsay told me that everyone is different, as is their course of "treatment."
Seven lessons later I am happy to report that these things are all well on their way to being corrected.
A couple of weeks ago I recommended to a friend who is in sales to engage Lindsay's services (being in sales means that being clearly understood is not just a matter of self-respect, as it is with me, but is crucial to one’s earning capacity). That friend has since reported that he too is incredibly impressed with Lindsay's tutoring, and is finding exceptional value in the lessons.
As for taking lessons via Skype, Lindsay's ears are so well attuned that not a single nuance - good or bad - seems to have passed his attention. It really is as if he were in the same room, so don't let being in a different city stop you from considering using him.
This recommendation is entirely unprompted by the way. I am so utterly impressed by what Lindsay has to offer in his area of expertise that I hope others who would benefit from enhancing their communication skills will act promptly to take advantage of his present availability while the opportunity is still there.
For Lindsay's contact details visit http://www.lindsayperigo.com/
Terry Verhoeven is an Auckland businessman, and the founder of Inspirationz motivational art.
This post originally appeared here at Lindsay Perigo’s SoloPassion.Com.
Cartoons from Cartoonstock (used by permission) do not necessarily indicate what goes on before or during a lesson. But they might.