Change bad habits using mindfulness skills

This is iSpeak Clearly’s third article in a series on mindfulness and mindful awareness of speaking. Find the first article here.   In my last post, I discussed how you can learn to become aware of your speaking habits and how you communicate. You must pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, so you […]

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It’s Better Business Communication Day-the perfect time to think about simple ways to improve your business relationships

Today, January 23, is Better Business Communication Day. In honour of this day, here are a few simple techniques to improve communication in the professional setting. 1. Give the speaker your undivided attention: Avoid looking at your watch or checking your phone, and listen without interruption. Do not finish the speaker’s sentence or complete his […]

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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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