Teacher, speaker, writer.

I teach, speak, and write about speaking, writing, and teaching—how to communicate clearly and effectively.

Most of my work focuses on teaching people how to speak in public: how to give speeches and presentations, chair a meeting, or facilitate a workshop.

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 brings anxiety. Be yourself, present your content in a way that your audience can easily understand and use, and keep it brief. You’ll do fine!

I also speak and write in support of educational change. Learning is positive, engaging and transformative; there is no reason education can’t be the same. The world has changed, and educational institutions need to evolve.

Plain Language and Clear Communication thinking inform all of my work.

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The Blog: Articles on Writing, Speaking, Teaching & Other Forms of Communication

3 Cs of Good Writing

Is writing at work a challenge? You want to sound professional and intelligent but with so many other tasks competing for your attention, it’s hard to find the time to write well. And when you do get started, distractions and delays make it hard to finish. These 3... read more

Moving On From Passion

Is it time yet? Can we move on from passion? That word is overused these days. Everyone’s passionate—reality show contestants, resume writers, PR people, college applicants… We shout at each other on social media and show passion for our causes by sharing... read more

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About Me

 

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.

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 brings anxiety. Be yourself, present your content in a way that your audience can easily understand and use, and keep it brief. You’ll do fine!

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. I also write about spirit and occasionally about food.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you found the site useful.

 

 

 

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