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Episode 100: Easy Ways to Improve Verbal Communication with Jason Crandell

When I first started taking yoga classes from Jason many years ago, I was struck by his voice. He has a voice that draws you in. It’s soothing and encouraging. He speaks in a measured, comfortable pace. And he’s a clear, succinct communicator. In essence, he’s a natural when it comes to verbal communication.

This week, I ask Jason to share how he’s developed this skill set.  And, although this episode is specifically geared toward yoga teachers, the ideas we here apply to everyone. We all have times when clear verbal communication is vital — in client meetings, with our loved ones, during presentations — and some of us struggle with it more than others. My hope is that you’ll gain confidence and clarity from this episode.

We talk about:

* Why verbal communication might be the most important skill for yoga teachers

* Using each class you teach as a practice for personal growth in the area of verbal communication

* The struggles we (Jason and Andrea) have when it comes to speaking in front of a group

* How choosing one or two takeaways for your students  can dramatically improve your teaching

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Andrea and Jason,
    I love listening to your podcasts. I learn so much. You guys make me laugh too! (In a good way) It’s great when I hear there’s a new podcast. I save it for times when I’ve a long journey in my car! My filler word is “lovely”. I’m here in Ireland, teaching in a little village and loving it. Maybe someday I’ll get to one of your trainings
    Thanks so much x

  2. Hi Andrea and Jason,

    I love your podcasts and this one was super!! Have been teaching 24 years and am still working on my delivery style haha i think it is always good to try to improve your communication as you said Jason that was a good way to look at it to look at ‘how’ we teach and how we express to our students is a practice in and of itself! Keep up the awesome work i hope one day to attend a training with you in SF or London or?? Best wishes, Lucy

  3. Hi Andrea and Jason,
    I am loving listening to your podcasts while walking my dog in the gorgeous Welsh countryside. Despite being nothing more than a yoga practitioner at home and totally addicted to Jason’s YogaGlo classes for almost 3 years, i actually felt so inadequate when Jason said in this episode that most of his students do another sport or activity alongside yoga. The feeling of not doing enough and not being enough hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought I was nailing it by having an almost daily practice happening! I totally realise this is entirely my issue and nothing at all to do with Jason but it has prompted me to ask the question, is a yoga practice on its own enough?
    Thank you both for your fabulous work, I love it all. Corina

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