This site is all about writing and public speaking skills, with a dollop of communication thinking.
I teach people how to write and speak well. This site extends my reach beyond classes and workshops so that everyone can learn to communicate well. Writing and public speaking are easy-to-learn skills that vastly improve your career, education and relationships—even your love life!
If you’re new to all this, try the Quick-Start Tutorials below.
How to Communicate Clearly
Respect for Your Audience = Clear, Efficient Communication
7 Steps To Better Communication
Checklist for Clear Communication
Do You Choose Your Words As Carefully As You Choose Your Clothes?
Personal, Active & Brief
Can You Draw A Picture Of Your Sentence?
Peaceful Communication Skills
About writing, public speaking and Communication Thinking; occasionally completely off-topic. Searchable by subject, discoverable by date.
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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 of others 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. Words and body language are a huge part of our lives—we use them to express, learn, create and interact; they affect our careers, education and relationships. The ability to speak and write well is a significant advantage. That’s where I come in: I teach public speaking and business writing skills.
I especially enjoy helping beginning speakers discover and develop their natural abilities. 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. Be yourself, present your ideas and information in a way that your audience can easily understand and use, and keep it brief. You’ll do fine!
I’ve been teaching for over 20 years. I’ve studied how people listen, understand and learn. I’ve had the chance to implement and iterate on ideas and activities, to learn what works and what needs improvement. I have decades of real-time experience in presenting information and giving useful feedback both in speech and writing. I believe that lives and societies can be improved by good communication, and so my work is powered by interest and ideology.
Mine is a world of words, so it’s probably no surprise that I relax by listening to instrumental jazz, photographing serene landscapes, and making abstract paintings.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you found the site useful.