Natalia Tokar. Founder of UpSkillMe. Public Speaking coach and communication strategist.
Storytelling & Public Speaking tips for non-native speakers. Stories from a teacher who doesn't "teach" English. Instead, we take on an exploratory practice approach together.
«Talking to yourself in English»: 3 reasons people give up on this exercise and ways to make it work
They say you need to speak more if you want to speak better English...If you don't have a speaking partner, the general advice is - "talk to yourself".Many people embrace this idea with enthusiasm, but they quickly give up on the exercise... In this episode, I'm sharing the most common reasons people quit practicing (no feedback, no fresh ideas, no sense of progress...)as well as many ways to make this exercise work.I'm analyzing feedback from people I've been teaching over the last 15 years. People usually quit if they haven't seen immediate astonishing results. Nothing is immediate when we speak about mastering a skill.Hopefully, the examples in this podcast will help language learners enjoy the exercises and improve the quality of their spoken and written communication in English.The podcast is recommended for intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced + levels.Music credit - Gavin Luke - Paradigm ShiftInstagram - www.instagram.com/nataliatokarr/My website - courses.nataliatokar.me/
Intensive Listening exercise for native-like fluency in real time. Nuances and examples
This episode is a practical exercise that you can do together with me in real time.I am using a movie in English and a video tutorial in German (if you don't speak German, that will not be a problem:)The link to the video on Intensive Listening Practice & Short-term memory is here youtu.be/PZzdzWM2JqcTo view my courses, visit courses.nataliatokar.me/
The true role of a teacher and what it takes to help a student become their own teacher
"What avail is it to win prescribed amounts of information about geography and history, to win ability to read and write, if in the process the individual loses his own soul; loses his appreciation of things worth while, of the values to which these are relative; if he loses his desire to apply what he has learned, and, above all loses the ability to extract meaning from his future experiences as they occur?".John DeweyBig thanks to www.learning-knowledge.com/ for sharing wisdom.courses.nataliatokar.me/My YouTube – https://youtube.com/c/NataliaTokar
Russian vs English rhythm & stress patterns. Tips to improve the clarity of your communication
This episode explains the differences in stress patterns in Russian and English. We will look at how and why Russians hear/don't hear the rhythm of English, and how Americans/British hear the Russian language.Intonation helps us hear the essence of what's being said, the shades of meaning, the context, the attitude and the intention of a speaker. People who learn a language to succeed in sales or business communication in an international team, rarely pay attention to the effect that intonation can have on their relationships with people.Non-native speakers can improve the quality of their communication in English if they learn to hear and use intonation and stress patterns correctly.The episode was created primarily for native speakers of Russian who are working on advancing their communication skills in English.Why can't we hear certain sounds?What can poetry explain?What if you can't tell the difference between the falling and the rising intonation in English?How to divide your speech into clear "thought groups" or "chunks"and a lot more in this episode.Here is another video with examples of what rising and falling intonation sounds like in English - youtu.be/HgRTig8Cpk8
Public Speaking, inner confidence, and fear of judgment in business
In this episode I'm sharing unimpressive reasons why you should stop trying to impress people with your presentations. Here are the highlights: - Public speaking in business has nothing to do with acting. Learning acting skills does not help people to become more confident presenters. - Why technical teams don't like public speaking and how to help them be more comfortable with presenting in front of people - Why people feel drained and exhausted after giving a talk in front of a big audience - The purpose of public speaking is not to impress your audience.... Why this mindset fails people - Public Speaking tips for non-native speakers who need to present in English - Three exercises to learn to be more confident and more comfortable with yourself - What is the real reason behind the fear of public speaking? - You don't need to teach people "correct" body language - How to deal with external interruptions during your talk (technical issues, somebody starts taking a video of you, somebody stands up and leaves the room, people ask unwanted questions etc..) If you resonate with the ideas shared in this episode let me know in the comments. You're welcome to ask questions too.
How to measure fluency. Part 2. A message for non-native speakers
Fluency is measurable. This episode (in two parts) explains how non-native speakers can measure fluency based on 4 criteria: - How much I hear - How much I understand - How clearly do I formulate my ideas in English - Do I speak English or a version of English that other non-native speakers understand? Natalia Tokar, the founder of UpSkillMe, is a non-native speaker herself. She helps international teams communicate their ideas in business in a clear, concise, and powerful way, and in English. The blog post I am referring to - upskillme.ru/news/fluency_part_2 The live video I'm referring to where I walk you through the ways to edit the way you think in English - www.youtube.com/watch?time_contin…e=1&v=g5DejIqtnBU Online courses for non-native speakers -courses.nataliatokar.me/ Instagram - @nataliatokarr