Simply Great Communication & Leadership

No-Stress Public Speaking (Really!)

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 makes you anxious. Be yourself, be clear, and be brief; you’ll do fine!

4 Steps to Successful Public Speaking

  1. Plan your Presentation
  2. Gather & Organize your Content
  3. Practice & Prepare
  4. Know your Venue

Further Reading:

Write Well (4 Easy Steps)

Writing isn’t hard, if you focus on your reader’s wants and needs. Keep it simple, organize your content in a way that makes sense to your reader, and write like you speak. These tip sheets will guide you through the process:

  1. Plan your Writing
  2. Fill in the Words
  3. Format your Document
  4. Review, Proofread & Test

Further Reading:

You Might Like To….

Thich Nhat Hanh gives instructions framed as “You might like to…” What a transformative concept. Saying You might like to, instead of You have to is refreshingly respectful and helpful. He’s not telling us what to do. He trusts the answers we find. You might like to…... 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


About Lucinda


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.

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.

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