Simply Great Communication & Leadership
No-Stress Public Speaking (Really!)
Public speaking is actually a lot of fun once you stop frightening yourself. We’re all natural speakers; the secret is finding your style. Trying to be what you’re not (and worrying what other people think of you) is what makes you anxious. Be yourself, be clear, and be brief; you’ll do fine!
4 Steps to Successful Public Speaking
Write Well (4 Easy Steps)
Writing isn’t hard, if you focus on your reader’s wants and needs. Keep it simple, organize your content in a way that makes sense to your reader, and write like you speak. These tip sheets will guide you through the process:
Leadership is what you say, do and write. Want to be a great leader? Lead through modeling—be the change you wish to see; offer kind, useful and timely words; and probably most important, listen well.
- 18 Words at a Time: How to Talk so Kids will Listen (and possibly do what you ask)
- Your Words, Yourself
- You Might Like To…
- The Power of our Words
- The Courage to Fail
- Teenagers: 14 Tips to Peaceful Communication
- Silence: 5 Ways to Improve Speeches & Conversations
- Self-Control: Vital to Great Communication
- Right Speech: 4 Rules to Enlightened Communication
- Positively Great Communication
- Polarization: Great for sunglasses, lousy for discourse
- Kids and Swearing: How to get the little ones to stop talking sh*#
- Humanity in Communication: 4 Tips
- Going forward, I’m going to need you to…
- End Procrastination with Clear Communication (& Dancing Puppies)
- Empathy: Positively Speaking
- Complaining: Committed & Uncommitted
- Disontogenesis: Disability compounded by society (or How to Change Your Life by Changing Your Words)
Still here, huh? Ok, I’ll tell you a bit about myself.
I love language. I’m from a family of writers that includes Catherine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and a multitude whose names I can’t drop. I read constantly and delight in wordplay, especially cryptic crosswords.
Words are central to my work, which focuses on communication skills. I teach and write about the power of communication and how it can improve our world and our lives. Words and body language are a huge part of life—we use them to express, create and interact. They affect what and how we learn, our careers, and perhaps most important of all, our relationships. The ability to speak and write well is a significant advantage.
I’ve been teaching for over 20 years. I have decades of experience presenting and receiving ideas, information and feedback. I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t, studied how people listen and learn, and learned how to communicate effectively. I am able to clarify and present information in a way each audience can easily understand and use. I take those skills outside the classroom to my writing and consulting work.
Outside of work, words are still a focus. I continually develop my speaking skills, and enjoy giving back by mentoring nascent speakers. It’s gratifying to watch someone’s confidence build as their expertise expands.
Mine is a world of words, so it’s probably no surprise that I relax by listening to instrumental jazz, photographing serene landscapes, making abstract paintings, yoga-ing (noun needs a verb), and possibly most cliched of all, taking long walks by the beach.
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