0.0 Introduction

Hello, This Kathryn Kellner from The Human Communication Studio.

We are hard at work on the debut season of our new podcast, and I wanted to provide a little introduction to our work and some context to better understand the purpose behind the coming episodes.

In my 25 year career as a private consultant teaching human communication techniques I’ve worked with thousands of individuals developing their breath, their voice, and their bodies; helping clients become conscious and deliberate communicators.

My work combines  ideas and practices from many different fields of study; often taking cues from the worlds of theater, dance, performance art, cognitive science, philosophy of interaction and personality theory.

Like so many of you, during the last ten years I’ve begun to feel a power shift in how our society interacts, both on a personal and professional level.

Advancements in digital technologies have put the world’s information at our wireless beck and call.

Never before have we been able to exchange our thoughts and ideas so instantaneously, nor been able to reach so many and connect from so far away.

These leaps and bounds have had a profound effect on how we communicate.

They have created new cultural norms, new vocabulary, new sets of expectations, as well as entirely new mediums.

And with all of the progress and innovation, we have also witnessed a negative effect on our ability to communicate effectively with one another.

As our work and educational environments have become more and more digitally driven, and toddlers learn to interface with a screen before they learn to interface with other toddlers, our collective ability to understand each other in person, face to face, is on the decline.

We live in a device driven environment now, and as we embrace and navigate our enhanced technological experience of the world, we are going to need to bring our human skillset with us as well.

Now is the time we need to begin integrating these basic skills with our digital curriculum.

My team and I have spent the last six months distilling a lot of ideas from my practice down to the fundamentals with the goal of providing a baseline of employable skills and information.

We’ve broken these short lectures into and introductory ten part series that with help you become and more conscious and strategic communicator, understanding cues and patterns in yourself and in those you interact with.

We’ll start out with the basics, setting up a strong foundation in the breath, and each episode with build on a skill or an idea presented in the previous installment; covering the voice, how we direct our focus and attention, projecting and protecting the emotional center, understanding physical composition, the dynamics of an interaction through level, horizontal and plane, and finally discussing stance and gesture as we tie it all together.

Our goal is to provide usable information and a quality reference in easily digestible segments.

We won’t always have time to go into detail, so if you have a specific question about the content, I encourage you to write us at

Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for the release of the first season of "WTF do I do with my hands?!" A survival guide for public and private communications.