Dr. Dennis Becker
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About Dr. Dennis Becker
Dr. Dennis Becker founded The Speech Improvement Company (www.speechimprovement.com), a Boston-based firm specializing in training and coaching professionals in all aspects of communication effectiveness. A well-known speech coach and communication consultant, he has over 50 years of experience and has coached thousands of people worldwide - executives, politicians, athletes, and private individuals - helping them overcome their fears of public speaking and refine their communication skills.
An author of six books on communication, Dr. Becker is respected as a leading expert in his field and has taught at both Harvard and MIT. His areas of expertise include: leadership/management communication, presentation skills, IPO/VC coaching, interpersonal effectiveness, conference planning and coaching, and media coaching. His interactive style, shirtsleeve practicality, and humor relaxes even the most anxious communicators.
Dr. Becker completed both his undergraduate study in Speech Communication and Broadcasting and his Masters work in Rhetoric and Public Address at Emerson College as well as his PhD in Media Communication from The Union Graduate School in Cincinnati. He has served as President of both The Massachusetts Speech Association and The New England Speech Association, and is currently an active member of several professional organizations, including The National Communication Association, where he co-authored The Handbook of Communication Training.
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Communication remains a significant topic for job acquisition, development, and advancement. As such, there are no shortage of classes, seminars and books written on the subject. However, there are few designed for the corporate consultant that are not aligned with some proprietary system, traditional academic classrooms, or author’s speculation. These tend to be either inaccessible, questionable in their content, or specifically aligned with the producers’ interests. So where can the Communication trainers and consultants go to focus on fundamental touchstone research and practices?
The Handbook of Communication Training is a powerful template, and first of its kind, for communication practitioners and academicians who wish to strengthen their professional capabilities. It also acts as a guide and standard for consumers and clients of these services.
The chapters within are an outgrowth of the National Communication Association’s Training & Development Division’s desire to provide guidance, structure, and support for members and non-members alike. It is specifically targeted at those pursuing best practices regarding communication consulting, coaching, teaching and training. The 7 Best Practices presented in this book represent capabilities that are foundational to the effective transfer of communication promotion and skill enhancement. As such, these practices, and supporting chapters, should appeal to novice and experts alike.