Passionate about Communication.

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I can teach you how to write and speak well.

I teach business writing and public speaking skills. I created this site to reach beyond my classes and workshops, so that everyone can learn how to improve their speaking and writing. There are Quick-Start Tutorials on Writing and Public Speaking, a blog full of tips & practical strategies for better writing and public speaking, and articles on communication thinking.

I hope you find this site useful. You can ask questions or share comments @LucindaAtwood or info@LucindaAtwood.com

Yours in communication,
Lucinda

Articles, Tips and Practical Strategies for Better Communication

Layout Basics: Lines & Tables & Boxes (Oh My)

Effective tables, lists and boxes make documents easier to read and use. You don’t have to be a visual designer—just think about what makes your words and ideas easier to understand. 1. Write and edit your content. Add headings and other text treatments (bold,...

Attractive, Easy & Quick: Infographics done well

Infographics are an excellent response to limited reading times and shortened attention spans. Done well, they communicate even complex ideas efficiently. Using less time and space than type, informational graphics save your reader time and energy.  But beware; done...

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.