Category Archives: Bits & Pieces

Whatever your profession, you also need to be a professional communicator. ETC is pleased to share these essential Bits & Pieces to help you polish those skills.

Sail the Seven Cs

Effective Workplace Writing should pass the ‘7 Cs Test.’  Is it:  Read More »

I Don’t Get It – 3 x 5 Note Cards

A reader recently asked me about using 3 x 5 note cards to hold speaker notes. I don’t get 3 x 5 cards … at all! Read More »

Overcoming Stage Fright

A blogger was doing research on stage fright for speakers and asked me how people can overcome it. My short answer was ‘They can’t – it’s a perfectly normal human response to fear or stress.’ Here are the highlights from the rest of the interview. Read More »

Start Ups

A reporter recently asked what entrepreneurs should ask themselves before beginning a start-up. I suggested these five questions: Read More »

I Don’t Get It … Memorizing Presentations

I Don’t Get … why some people think it’s a good idea to memorize a typical workplace presentation. Some authors even suggest it. Allow me my monthly rant in response. Read More »

Powerful Pitch

A reader recently entered a local business pitch competition with a grand prize of $5,000 and asked for feedback on her ‘script’. I thought you’d find my comments interesting. Read More »

My New Year’s Non-Resolution

Again this year, my New Year’s Resolution is not to make any New Year’s Resolutions. They’re lame, obsolete and no one keeps them for very long.

But … I do plan. I’ll continue to refine goals, objectives, strategies and tactics to keep growing and improving my workplace communication consulting, training and coaching business. I’ll search for five specific ways to do what I do faster, smarter, better or cheaper. I’ll also identify five new clients to acquire and five new allies to collaborate with and support.

Ask me on New Year’s Eve how well I did with my Non-Resolution plans.

The Maker Revolution

‘The Maker Movement Manifesto – Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers and Tinkerers’, by Mark Hatch, McGraw-Hill Education, Brilliance Audio, 2013.

A fascinating discussion of the Maker Movement and how it’s changing the world with its new, easy to use and inexpensive tools and technologies.

Your Network of Advisors

A reporter recently asked how entrepreneurs can expand their network of professional advisors. My thoughts: Read More »

An Audience-Centered Sport

‘Speaking is an Audience-Centered Sport – How to create and deliver presentations that make people sit up, take notice and beg for more!’, by Marjorie Brody, Career Skills Press, Jenkintown PA, 2001.

I reread Brody’s book while traveling. It’s an excellent basic overview with some content contributed by her professional speaking colleagues. Well worth the read.

Sign up for our newsletter

We will shortly send a confirmation to the address you provide - please respond to this confirmation to complete your subscription.