Do you sound professional in writing? Need a quick reminder of how to write clearly and effectively? Take a look at this handy manual—it’s all about the basics of writing for business. It’s print-friendly too (14 US letter-size read more…
I was recently at a speech contest. Despite a variety of styles and personalities, the best speakers shared four traits:
The best speakers were themselves. They didn’t try to project false confidence, unfelt humility or fake personas. They started where they were, in terms of confidence read more…
Maybe you have to speak in a meeting, lead a workshop, or present to a crowd; whatever the reason, here are lifesaving last-minute tips, and advice for long-term results.
7 Quick Tips
(aka The Event’s in 5 Minutes—I Need Help NOW!)
1. Who are you talking to?
Imagine your speech from your listeners’ point of view: what do they want to hear, see, learn? How much of their read more…
Whether attending your program from choice or because they have to, students want to know that they’re going to learn something of value, and that their time and energy won’t be wasted. Participants who believe in a program learn better and tend to improve the experience for everybody.
How do you convince read more…
The basis of good teaching is clear communication. Clear communication is telling your audience what they need and want to know in a way that they can easily understand.
One aspect of teaching that’s often overlooked or underestimated is clear communication of course structure. You, the course designer or instructor, read more…
I’ve studied with several post-secondary schools; all wonderful places to learn that are run by motivated, caring administrators. But many schools fail in one regard—providing information. Let’s clarify that: they fail at providing student-centric information.
Before a term starts, students receive numerous emails and letters about read more…
I was texting with a friend, and told her where to meet me. Her reply: “Klingon.” I laughed, assumed it was an autocorrect gone wrong, and surmised she meant “ok.”
It got me thinking: Is this a new kind of literacy—being able to understand typos and weird autocorrects?
Writing used to mean drafting, editing, and proofreading. Printing was not accessible to the average read more…
Admitting Failure is a great site. There are no skateboarders or funny auto-correct errors—none of those spectacular fails we see on YouTube. Admitting Failure is made for and by the development community to discuss failed projects and help each other learn from them. The content may not be of interest to you, read more…
Yes, I know that this blog concerns itself with communication and that silence is lack of communication. But silence is a form of communication.
How Does Silence Fit into Communication?
You can use silence in speech the same way composers use it in music. Silence can draw attention: a pause emphasizes what you’ve just said or are about to say.
Silence is like an intermezzo.
An read more…
So you have to speak in front of other people. Ack. Your voice quavers and your armpits set themselves to “flood.”
Guess what? You’re not alone. Many of us would rather pay taxes than speak publicly. In fact, most people fear public speaking more than they fear death.
But knowing you’re one of millions doesn’t make read more…
How to Speak and Write Clearly
This short, easy-to-read ebook teaches you how to speak and write clearly. It's my gift to you. Enjoy!
Public Speaking Basics
This brief ebook teaches you how to prepare for a successful presentation. Includes 7 Preparations for Success, 12 Secrets to Presenting like a Pro, 14 Tips for Speakers and Presenters, plus a Free Bonus Section!
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- Interrupting Cows and the Gift of Listening April 24, 2013
- Explicit Subject Matter July 3, 2013
- Emphasis and Strong Words July 4, 2013
- Apostrophes, Contractions And Plurals (Oh My) July 5, 2013
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- Checklist for Clear Communication
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- Clear Communication for Creative Professionals
- Clear Communication for Successful Presentations
- Clear Communication Tutorials: Introduction to Clear Communication
- Clear Communication Tutorials: Personal, Active & Brief
- Clear Communication Tutorials: Practical Tips
- Clear Communication Tutorials: Preparing Your Message and Understanding Your Audience
- Clear Communication Tutorials: The Words You Use
- Clear Communication—Think First, Speak Later
- Clear Speech
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- Communicating Institutional Information to Students
- Communicating With Teenagers—14 Tips
- Empathy In Communication
- Emphasis and Strong Words
- Explicit Subject Matter
- Face-to-Face Communication
- Going forward, I’m going to need you to…
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- Interrupting Cows and the Gift of Listening
- It’s vs Its: Do we really need the debate?
- Kids and Swearing: How to get the little ones to stop talking sh*#
- Master your To-Do List with Clear Communication
- Polarised is Dysfunctional: why it’s time to move beyond polarities in social discourse
- Positively Great Communication
- Presenting and Public Speaking: instant tips and long-term skillbuilding
- Presenting Information—Use Headings and Hierarchy
- Proof That Our Words Make A Difference
- Public Speaking—The Basics
- Right Speech—4 Rules to Enlightened Communication
- Self-Control In Communication
- The Courage to Fail
- What Is Clear Communication?
- When Even the Programmer Couldn’t Understand: Plain Language and Instructions
- Your Words, Yourself