Passionate about Communication.


I can teach you how to write and speak well.

I teach business writing and public speaking skills. This site extends the reach of my classes and workshops so that everyone can learn to communicate well.

If you’re new to all this, try the Quick-Start Tutorials on Writing and Public Speaking.

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Writing and Speaking Tips & Lessons, and Communication Thinking

About Me

Still here, huh? Ok, I’ll tell you a bit about myself.

I love language. I come from a family of writers that includes Canadian authors Catherine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie; also many others you’ve never heard of. I love to learn, read doggedly, and delight in wordplay—even cryptic crosswords. Yup, I’m a word nerd.

I love language—almost as much as I love teaching. I’ve been teaching for over 20 years, honing my skills and studying how people listen and learn. I’ve learned to communicate clearly in speech, writing, and body language. I’ve learned how to understand my audience (listener or reader) and their needs; how to present the information they want or need in a way they can easily access and use; and how to give constructive and useful feedback. I lead classes and workplace workshops on clear, effective writing and speaking. I’m also working to create Clear Communication apps, curriculum and certification for workplace training and self-study professional development.

My third related favourite activity is public speaking. I love to stand up in front of people and talk, and I equally adore helping others discover their presenting skills. We’re all natural speakers; the secret is finding your own style. Trying to be what you’re not (and worrying what other people think of you) is what brings anxiety. Being yourself, sharing ideas and presenting information that your audience can easily identify and use is relaxing, energizing and gratifying. I’ll show you the way.

I’m passionate about clear communication, and love sharing that passion. I believe that clear communication is both a cause and result of clear thinking. I also believe that kind and respectful communication will save the human race. In fact, my aim is to escalate world peace by teaching people how to speak, write, and even think clearly, respectfully, and kindly.

Thanks for visiting this site. I hope you found it useful.