So you want to write a speech

Your knees are shaking and your heart is pounding. You’re about to deliver your first speech. Sound familiar? There was a day when I would have been searching the room for the closest exit. With the right training, coaching and practice, it doesn’t have to feel quite this bad. The key to any good speechContinue reading “So you want to write a speech”

It’s your point of view

Whenever we write there’s the opportunity to use a different voice. Your voice sets the tone, it helps improve understanding of the topic and it engages the reader to keep reading. Think about your audience and the message you want to deliver. Choosing an appropriate voice for the style of writing is an important step.Continue reading “It’s your point of view”

Putting ideas to paper

There are days when my head is full of ideas about things I want to do and places I want to go. Sometimes I find myself spinning! But, I always come back to what I love most, writing. For me, writing is not a linear process, unless maybe I’m making up a dreaded grocery listContinue reading “Putting ideas to paper”

How regular are you?

When I first started blogging, almost a year ago now, I committed to writing once a week on Mondays. The commitment went something like this. I’m trying to train myself to post regularly. Blogging is new to me. It’s something I’m doing for myself, but wouldn’t it be cool if someone actually wanted to followContinue reading “How regular are you?”

Polishing the talk

If you had asked me years ago, if I wanted to become a communicator, I would have said no. Becoming a good communicator takes work and frankly, I didn’t know what that entailed. As it turned out, the more experience I gained, the more I loved communicating. It’s now one of my favourite things! GoodContinue reading “Polishing the talk”

Stepping out of your comfort zone

We all experience it. Those moments when we’d rather hide than face an uncomfortable situation. Stepping out of your comfort zone is not always easy, but when you do, you’ll feel really good about it. You’ll expand your reach with new confidence and experience. It’s important to understand what makes you uncomfortable. If you’re providingContinue reading “Stepping out of your comfort zone”

Conflict resolved

We all experience conflict in one way or another. Think of the times when you were party to a difference of opinion or the times when you were responsible for guiding a conversation to an agreeable resolution. Conflicts can be as small as deciding what colour to paint the walls in your new home —Continue reading “Conflict resolved”

Add a little variety

Have you adapted to a certain way of writing? Do you feel compelled to follow a set of writing rules? There are a lot of thoughts about how you should write. Writing in plain language is one of them. It’s a clear, concise and organized way of writing that makes it easier for your readersContinue reading “Add a little variety”

Professionalism builds trust

It’s always nice to have new followers, so I was intrigued when I received this notification from a “Facebook ad expert.” [Haynes on Communication] social media manager, facebook ads expert is now following your blog… Interested in what they had to offer, I started to scroll through their website only to find a number ofContinue reading “Professionalism builds trust”