Need a gift idea? (Try giving a compliment)

‘Tis the season… Even as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and much of the holiday shopping season are behind us, the frenzied preparation for the holidays continues. The shopping, cooking, socializing, and family visits create a time crunch that can turn even the merriest person into a grouch! But a little appreciation—a smile and some kind […]

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‘Toss the football’ around the Thanksgiving dinner table: Conversation Do’s and Don’ts

Ready or not, the holidays are upon us! They’re a time for family, friends, food, football—and perhaps frustration? As much as you love your family and friends, dinner table conversation can be a frustrating experience: An aunt who starts talking and never stops. The brother-in-law who interrupts. The sister who makes every conversation about herself! […]

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For non-native English speakers, idioms are “a tough nut to crack!”

There are over 25,000 idioms in American English. You might think I’m pulling your leg[kidding], but it’s true. No wonder English is so difficult for non-native speakers to understand. But let’s cut to the chase [get to the point]. What are idioms? Idioms are phrases or expressions that have meanings other than the literal definitions of their component […]

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I’m working on my golf game. What are you working on?

This summer, I had the good fortune to indulge my passion for golf during a six-day golfing adventure in Ireland. It was an unbelievable experience! The courses were spectacular, the landscape and the views were breathtaking, and even the weather was magnificent. My golf game, however, left something to be desired! When I got home, […]

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Successful public speaking series: Dress the part, don’t be afraid to smile, and think of the audience as your friend

This post is the third in a three-part series on Successful Public Speaking. The impression you make as a speaker is based on what you say and how you say it. When clients come to me, they often know their speaking skills need improvement, but they’re not sure where to begin. I help them become aware of the […]

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Successful Public Speaking Series – Part 2 of 3

This post is #2 in a three-part series on Successful Public Speaking. The impression you make as a speaker is based on what you say and how you say it. When clients come to me, they often know their speaking skills need improvement, but they’re not sure where to begin. I help them become aware of the many […]

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