Public Speaking Basics
 1. Know your audience. Who are you talking to? What do they need and want to know? What do they already know?
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Casual Negativity or Mindful Positivity
A student introduced me to a simple group game last Saturday. We passed slips of paper around in a circle;
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Speakers Toolkit (emergency version)
Maybe you have to speak in a meeting, lead a workshop, or present to a crowd; whatever the reason, here
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Speakers Toolkit: How to give great speeches & presentations
Being nervous when you have to give a presentation is normal—even experienced speakers break a sweat. Two things will help calm
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Self-Control: The secret to successful speaking & listening
Technology allows us to communicate faster, more frequently, and to a wider audience. But who’s listening? The more we communicate,
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Adding Silence: How to improve workshops, speeches & conversations
Silence is like flipflops for the brain; it helps us slow down and relax. Consider these 5 reasons to include
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Personal Anecdotes: 6 Pro Tips for teachers, trainers, speakers and leaders
I was the wittiest teacher in town until that day. Mid-joke, I suddenly realized that my students laugh because I
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Teenagers: 15 Tips for Peaceful Communication
Sometimes it seems that all teens do is communicate—texting, instagramming, skyping. But when adults try to talk to teens, both
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About Me

Hi I’m Lucinda; teacher, writer and speaker. I have a Masters in Learning and Technology, and over 20 years of professional experience as a designer, developer, consultant and teacher in the fields of communication and education.

I’m fascinated by how we communicate—our motivations, skills and strategies. I study where our words come from, and how we express ourselves with voice and body. The articles on this site are a mixture of communication topics: some are informative, teaching the reader public speaking skills or how to format a document. Other articles are more reflective, discussing ideas like empathy, active listening, or the power of words. Ideally all the articles include easy ways to increase peace in our world.

You can contact me on Twitter @lucindaatwood.