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"From A Distance" 
   January 2018 
Issue # 113

 Triangle Speech Services is the private, professional practice of Judith L. Bergman, a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) who specializes in foreign accent and regional dialect modification and related communication skills. I offer customized, individual tutorials to corporate-sponsored and self-enrolled individuals who speak English fluently but with moderate to severe accents that create challenges and frustrations in the workplace.  
   I spent the first two weeks of January mostly immobilized by the flu, even though I had had the "senior strength" flu shot last October. I spent most of the time in my reclining chair in my living room, sleeping or reading and listening to classical music on WCPE radio on my ancient stereo which has a very "temperamental" remote. I discovered that the remote seldom worked when I got up very close (with brand new batteries) but usually did work "from a distance," from my recliner!
  Twenty years ago in 1998, Bette Midler wrote and recorded a very inspirational song by the same name and I started hearing the melody in my musical brain! 
Inspired by Astronauts in the 1990's
    Bette Midler's text was inspired by the astronauts' view of planet earth. The song starts:
From a distance the world looks blue and green
And the snow capped mountains white
From a distance the ocean meets the stream
And the eagle takes to flight
From a distance there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
It's the voice of hope
It's the voice of peace
It's the voice of every man...
Yes, it was an anti-war inspired song, but the deeper message is that "From a distance we are instruments marching in a common band" with very similar hopes and wishes and needs. No matter what our home countries and our home cultures, we are more alike than different as human beings.

Viewing Our Own Life Situation "From a Distance" 
  Although the lyrics say, "God is watching us..." WE ourselves can practice "watching our own lives" from a distance, that is from a quiet, contemplative place of wisdom, without judgment.
  My clients have looked at their lives and have contacted me for help in speaking English more correctly and confidently.  Why? Because they feel that the improved "soft skill" of verbal communication will help them advance in their careers, not just for themselves but for their families.    
From A Distance by Bette Midler, 1998
From A Distance by Bette Midler, 1998
Does this song "speak" to you?   What do we all want to experience in our lives, including in our workplaces? I believe we are all hoping to experience
acceptance, connection and  abundance. 
  •  Acceptance - When you feel that you belong and are accepted just as you are, you may be inspired to keep learning, growing and improving. 
  • Connection - When you understand what colleagues are saying, when you are "in the loop" and kept informed, you are motivated to participate and contribute.
  • Abundance - Abundance doesn't just mean "prosperity" i.e. getting paid what you are truly worth so that you can provide for your loved ones. Abundance also means feeling respected and valued in the work place.

   We invite you to visit our informative website.    We want to help you and know that we can if you are truly ready to do the work to increase your mastery of spoken English. 
    No matter how advanced your technical skills may be, if you hope to experience an increased sense of acceptance, connection and abundance in your workplace, we encourage you to contact us from the contact page of Triangle Speech Services. At this time we have openings for two, just two, more clients.
  Managers, forward this newsletter to your international "stars" who might be interested in this professional training opportunity.    We are looking forward to hearing from you.


Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist and Corporate Speech Trainer
Founder & Director of Triangle Speech Services