Sister Tania Santander Atauchi combines her Spanish language skills and cultural expertise about Spanish-speaking countries to educate her students at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She expands her students’ educational experience “into the cloud” by enabling them to record their language-and-culture assignments simply by using their mobile phones to record from any location.
Students can record, listen, and re-record. Their audio assignments are saved online as MP3 recordings. Sister Tania emails the recordings, with feedback, to the students, who can listen, download, embed in their own websites or blogs, or even post to Facebook or Twitter to share their accomplishments. Their instructor easily registered the students’ mobile phone numbers to instantly save and store the recordings in her password-protected Evoca account, one of several recording management methods available with Evoca for Educators.
When the Evoca team learned that Sister Tania was applying Evoca is exactly one of the uses for which it was built, we wanted to hear more about her background, her work inside and outside of the classroom, and the faith and devotion she brings to her students. Listen to Sister Tania’s own words.
When we learned that Jim Kouzes, renown co-author with Barry Posner of The Leadership Challenge, the award-winning and best-selling book and leadership series, had become an Evoca subscriber, we wanted to hear more about how he and Barry amassed their treasure trove of publications, clients, workshops, and online learning tools. We are delighted that Jim has been capturing leaders’ voices using Evoca’s convenient phone interview recording feature and online transcription service.
To celebrate their 25th anniversary of the book’s initial publication, Jim and Barry are distilling their knowledge into a remarkable fifth edition of The Leadership Challenge. Backed by over 30 years of original research and data from over 3 million leaders, The Leadership Challenge is the foundation of their leadership development program by the same name. Their diverse, global client list includes the American Cancer Society, Caterpillar, Cornell University, Herman Miller, Kaiser Permanente, SAS Institute, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
The guiding principle is evidence-based leadership. For example, The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership resulted from an intensive research project to determine the leadership competencies that are essential to getting extraordinary things done in organizations. To conduct the research, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have collected thousands of “Personal Best” stories—the experiences people recalled when asked to think of a peak leadership experience. Murem Sharpe, Evoca CEO, invited Jim to tell his story. Listen in.
Fluency in English is not enough to ensure that a speaker will be understood. Lynda Stucky, president of ClearlySpeaking and certified speech pathologist, advocates for clear, professional speech in the global workplace. Her company helps her clients speak more clearly and be understood. Good English pronunciation can provide the competitive edge for a promotion, new job, or sale. ClearlySpeaking offers tele-coaching sessions recorded using Evoca, one-on-one instruction, corporate group meetings, and digital media products.
ClearlySpeaking trains individuals with a variety of communication challenges including accent modification — regional and foreign, care of the professional voice, vocal dynamics, diction, grammar and how to speak concisely. Businesses and groups are educated on effective communication skills, the spoken image and vocal hygiene.
In her phone interview with Evoca CEO Murem Sharpe, Lynda explains, “I work with non-native English speakers who have a great grasp of the English language, but they struggle with intelligibility or being better understood because they are not following American intonations.” She adds, “Our language has a very definite rhythm and melody to it.” Hear examples about correcting Eastern Indian and “Pittsburghese” accents in the Lynda Stucky interview recorded and shared online using Evoca.