I saw Katie a while ago because I was performing terribly in job interviews after getting a PhD and MA from an Ivy League school, yet I couldn't get a job to save my life. Most of the time, I'd get to the interview phase and just completely turn off the interviewer with my abysmal communication skills. She identified my issues right away, and she had solutions just as quickly. It was somewhat amazing how fast I was able to change decades-old patterns of speaking by following her advice. To give you an example, one huge problem I have is that I tended to not answer a question directly. Instead, I ramble, and hopefully answer your question somewhere in the rambling. Katie helped me to do a few things to stop this. First, I had to learn to pause. Second, I had to think of my topic sentence before I started speaking. Third, I had to speak more slowly. Finally, it’s fine if I said less, rather than feeling a need to give a 10-minute answer. No interviewer wants that anyway. We worked on a number of things, but this was one of the most helpful things for me in particular, and I was able to address it rather quickly in our rehearsals. I was able to put it to use in a month or so, and it was dramatically different (but I had to really focus - it's not easy at first).
I would highly Katie and her colleagues to anyone who needs to improve their communication skills and the way they sound. I've tried to do this on my own and with another therapist for many years, and this has been the most effective (but you have to keep practicing!)
I worked with Katie over a period of several months to correct a lisp I had all my life. My lisp had always been an embarrassment for me that left me self-conscious. I consider the time I spent in speech therapy with Katie a gift. I had no idea before beginning therapy that a lisp could be corrected in adulthood, but I was mostly rid of it at the conclusion of my therapy. I was surprised how quickly improvement was achieved and how successfully that improvement could be maintained. Katie was a delight to work with, individualizing my needs, maintaining optimism and showing genuine interest in helping me across the process. I recommend her without any reservation.
When I came to speech IRL, I didn’t really know what to expect. In speech therapy before, the therapist only had me take a deep breath and speak slowly. I continued to do that over the years, and my speech was still like a laggy Skype call. My mother would tell me to just take deep breaths and speak slowly. Yeah, no.
Then she took me to speech IRL where we met Katie Gore. It took only a short explanation for her to help me understand that what I had was a stutter. She also told me that I could do something about it if I gave it a chance. That’s when I met Courtney Luckman. Courtney taught me more about stuttering over time, which was helpful in explaining what I had to others.
My mom noticed that, before I went to speech IRL, I didn’t always talk much and refused to repeat myself if someone didn’t understand me because I stuttered. Since working with Courtney, I don’t mind repeating myself and I use better social skills, like eye contact and an audible voice. I liked working with Courtney because it didn’t feel like therapy; it felt like a place where I could just go and talk. Courtney was great at listening and helping me, in the form of a normal conversation. She was a real person and didn’t act like she was just doing her job. Because of this, I called it “Talk Place” instead of the boring “Speech Therapy.” I will always be grateful to Courtney and to speech IRL.
Whether you're a professional, a parent, a partner, or a business leader looking to address organizational-level interaction issues, we use soulful science to move your forward.