Deborah’s one-to-one coaching enlightened me on how much improvement was possible to both my verbal and non-verbal communication skills. With her experience working with engineers, combined with a background in speech pathology, she was able to evaluate problem areas, explain the cause and effect, and then show how to correct it. This practical approach helped me break decades-old habits I didn’t know I had. Deborah’s attention to fundamental communication skills not only enhanced my business and personal communications, but also improved my public speaking skills.
Deborah has been helpful to us in improving communication skills of several employees through one-on-one coaching, tailored to the individual’s specific needs. We are pleased with the effectiveness and value of the communication coaching she has provided. Deborah has also taught an Effective Meeting Management class for all employees in our department. It was received well by participants and has resulted in more efficient and effective meetings. Other groups participating in our meetings subsequent to the class have made comments about the positive changes and have incorporated some of the more salient improvements in their own meetings.
Deborah has provided a number of valuable services for Altec, including Business Presentation Skills and Powerful Listening Skills. In addition, Deborah met the challenge of customizing her services to meet our direct needs for high-potential associates attending our Leadership Development Workshop. Deborah has the gift of assessing needs, recommending value-added services and clearly communicating her goals for clients. She holds herself to a high standard and leads by example. Her style and personality are contagious!
Deborah Boswell’s DVD courses have been included in our online Engineering Professional Development program since 2005. She truly has the credentials, knowledge and experience to design and deliver courses on topics that engineers, surveyors and technical professionals need to grow and succeed in their careers, but don’t get in their formal academic education. Two of her courses are part of our newest online program, Business Essentials for Engineering Professionals, which is designed for someone on track for a leadership position and needs the knowledge and skills to be successful. Her two courses are right on the mark.
Engineering Graduate Online and Continuing Education
Engineering Professional Development
Ms. Boswell is a consummate communications professional who knows the value of presenting for positive impact. She was instrumental in preparing my executive management team and me for delivering presentations and testimonies before various boards and commissions. Ms. Boswell understands the importance of clear message delivery and knows how to bring out the best in every client.
Chairman, President and CEO
Thanks for the outstanding job you did in the keynote presentation to our group. Not surprising, we got lots of favorable comments from our associates on your message. I appreciate how much time you spent researching our company and tailoring your thoughts directly to our group. I would recommend you to others with no reservations.
I struggled for several years with the “sound” of my voice until one day I was determined to make a change. Deborah helped me dig out the key that was buried deep within me, and she helped me turn the key that would set my voice free. What makes Deborah so much more than a speech therapist is that she takes the time to search for that key, regardless of how deep its buried. She accomplishes this through kindness, understanding, and patience. I highly recommend her.
My presentation went great! Our president and other executives were very complimentary. Our SVP asked how I found my slides and used humor so well. I really appreciate your help; it made the whole experience less scary! It also definitely helps with credibility and I feel we were able to start a new pilot project I suggested because of belief in the message.
Christi Daniel Lunsford
Thank you for an excellent two-day session with our staff. The sessions were very productive and informative. We not only have new tools for enhancing our presentations, but we also have a better understanding of each of our employees’ skill levels. One employee commented that she would be willing to participate in any training sessions that you conduct. I look forward to opportunities to work with you in the future.
Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM
Regional Vice President
The Doctors Company
Deborah has the gift of reaching people and being able to truly communicate with them her thoughts, ideas, and goals for them as clients and patients. She is the utmost professional in that she holds herself to a high standard and also holds those who work with her and for her to those same standards. I have no reservations recommending Deborah in any capacity as a professional and a speech-language pathologist.
Margaret Johnson, PhD
University of Montevallo Speech and Hearing Department
I have been practicing with the “How to Tame Your Wild Southern Accent” CD, and I have noticed a big difference in my speech. I actually hear the difference in the way people sound when they say words and draw out the “ai” sound. I cannot thank you enough for giving me an opportunity to correct my speech!
Deborah is a first class, professional business person, who is confident in the services she provides. Deborah takes time to understand her clients and their business, then builds a product/service to meet their needs. This training opened our eyes to explore more opportunities to improve overall professionalism, communication, and customer service, both internal and external.
Sales Process Coordinator
She really catered to me and not a generic training session. She realized everyone is different and requires different focus. It was a very welcoming experience and not intimidating. I felt at the end of the day, I had the tools to be successful. I understood all aspects of the process and realized how important the audience is in my preparation. The time really flew by and as my boss told me after my presentation, it was worth every penny.
Stephanie Horne Swindle
I attended a series of presentations today by senior executives of another company and I was so much more conscious of what they were or weren’t doing. I can’t help analyzing now. You have opened my eyes and ears. I am trying to work on my voice now too! Thanks again for the most beneficial training I have had at ADTRAN since my initial trainings.
Thank you again for coaching me on a presentation I gave to our Human Resource Directors on key financial indicators. I thought it went very well, and wanted to pass along a thank you note I received from a Corporate HR representative. I couldn’t have had a successful presentation without your assistance!
Anne Roper, Controller, NE Region
You are such a vibrant individual and enthusiastic speaker. You imparted wisdom and a great deal of food for thought to our group, and they’re still thinking about your words today. Your message carried over to our Monday morning meeting and will go a long way to help increase our credibility. Your presentation was right on!
John A. Williamson, Jr.
…Ms. Boswell’s message on public speaking was very well received and obtained the highest evaluations from among all the speakers at the conference. Her presentation was professional, well organized, and exceptionally well crafted to the needs of a diverse and professional audience. I highly recommend her…
Dr. Jim Seroka
Deborah has been a wonderful provider of services for the Prism Group. What I find most inspiring about Deborah is her dedication to her craft and her belief in continuing education. She continues to hone her skills and to find innovative ways to help others. Deborah does this while balancing a busy home life with her husband and three boys. I am lucky to have her as a professional colleague, trusted ally and personal friend.
Gerriann Fagan, President
The Prism Group, LLC
…Ms. Boswell runs her business efficiently and with the highest standards of integrity and ethics. She has helped our employees with regional accent modification, presentation skills, vocal delivery, listening skills, and professional business communication skills. Ms. Boswell is attentive to the fine details in meeting goals established between her and our organization. She has a unique ability to assist each individual in finding areas for improvement and then providing solutions for those improvements.
Karen Everitt, Esq.
Director, Education & Risk Services