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Words of Wisdom

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

— Anthony Robbins

Giving a successful presentation takes practice. As you practice, you'll want to pay attention to a number of details including your volume, pitch, rate of speaking, and possible overuse of certain words, including fillers such as "like" and "you know." Luckily, there are now apps that make practicing your speaking skills easy. Some apps can also help you brainstorm and outline a presentation.

We've compiled a list of apps we've found helpful and indicated which operating system(s) they're compatible with. All are available through online app stores. 
Chicken Scream (Android/iPhone) Assess how loudly you're speaking using this game, which challenges you to make a cartoon chicken jump by adjusting the volume of your voice.
LikeSo (iPhone) Offers an effective way to train against poor verbal habits and practice speaking articulately, confidently, and without a lot of  “ums,” “you knows," and other verbal fillers. The app provides a real-time analysis of your speech "fitness," including optimal pacing for the fast or slow talker.

Orai (Android/iPhone) Offers you practice scripts to read from and then provides feedback on your pace and energy. The app will also count the number of filler words you use.
Practice Your Speech with Job Interview Questions (Android) Gives helpful tips for each sample question. Allows you to listen to yourself and identify problems; gives feedback from other users.

Public Speaking Tips (Android) Provides various tips to help you overcome the fear of public speaking. Sections include Know Your Material, Know Your Audience, Visualize Your Speech, Practice, and Know the Room.
Ummo (iPhone) Tracks your use of filler words, as well as your pace, word power, clarity, and more. You can indicate which words and phrases you want to track for repetition.

Voice Analyst (Android/iPhone) Analyzes your pitch and volume as you record your voice. You can then save or email your recordings for later analysis. The app provides immediate visual, acoustic, and statistical feedback on your voice quality, helping you identify which areas to work on.


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