Tag: professional communication

Creating futures: how speech pathologists can help kids and young adults build skills to succeed in the 21st Century

Back when I was a young man (ahem!), career success as a white-collar professional meant going to university, doing a professional degree, getting a good graduate job with a top firm, scoring a few promotions and becoming a boss. For...

/ 8 August 2016

Want your writing to sound smarter? Get rid of pointless, long words!

The worst thing about reading research articles is the awful writing. Every now and then, an exception pops up: a clear, short article made up of common words spelling out results in Plain English.  But lots of research in my...

/ 17 November 2015

How to do a TED Talk – start with the basics

Recently, I read the TEDx Speaker Guide for a client.  If you don’t know about the TED phenomenon, it’s a set of conferences owned by the non-profit Sapling Foundation, with 1000s of talks available on the Internet for free.  Its slogan...

/ 2 March 2015

Embrace your accent and speak clearly – lessons from a Global Investment Bank

We use the term “accent” in at least a couple of ways: the sounds and pronunciation used by a “native” to speak their first language, e.g. when we say that someone from Sydney is speaking English with a broad Australian...

/ 7 October 2014

Which kind of English is the best? (Hint: none of them)

Three men and a lady meet in a bar Some (ahem) 20 years ago, when I was a youngster backpacking through Ireland, I bumped into a young Texan couple at a bar.  They were in the midst of a furious...

/ 25 September 2014