ABC or 1-2-3…your choice!

MULTITASKING is the culprit that causes you to freeze onstage and forget everything you studied so hard…This simple exercise is the very best way to take 30 seconds of your time to make major changes in your confidence onstage.

As you do a new video each day, try a new emotion or a different emphasis or try slower or faster or more pauses for reflections…find the right place to focus when you need inspiration but don’t want to look up at the ceiling with a lost look on your face! PRACTICE PROPER PRESENTATION SKILLS. Figure out which gesture looks best and then figure out how to stop the nervous twitches.


Over a week or a month or (as I do) forever…you will notice which gestures you like and which you should reduce or eliminate…and be sure to check out the BLOG for ideas on how to improve the sincerity of your SMILE!

Thank you Thays (a student from last class who really enjoyed this exercise) for showing us how you can concentrate on gestures, tempo, pauses, emphasis, projection, eye contact and enthusiasm in 30 seconds!

Be sure to JOIN the site (when we have it set up very soon…thank you Monica), and you can start your own PORTFOLIO of videos to use for job interviews or college admission videos.


Non-native English Speakers



Non-native speakers of English usually carry some of their native language over to English. While this often makes English sound beautiful, it can also cause problems with communication. Depending on your knowledge of how we make sounds and how one language is different from another in which sounds are used in words, it can be a challenge to be understood.

If you are looking for help developing better comprehension from native English speakers (especially if you communicate over a telephone), please check the links below:


Especially for non-native speakers, these two videos do a great job of explaining how to make your speaking understandable to your audience
when you learn these phrasing techniques, your speech will FLOW much better.

In this video, there is good information about FUNCTION words and CONTENT words that give you tips on how to find the words to stress, but about the FOUR MINUTE MARK she gives lots of good examples.

and of course my favorite (about the one minute mark for projection and breathing)

but do not forget that you can search youtube for more examples!


The single most important tip is to ENGAGE your BRAIN

My son demonstrated to me the other day that INSTRUMENTAL CLASSICAL MUSIC is  helpful to studying and conversation. When I am in a car, I always turned off the radio, because my mind is always full of ideas that I am working on subconsciously (and I am a bit hard of hearing in one ear so the radio made it all but impossible to carry on a conversation, I thought!) However, when my son was here recently, he had the radio tuned to a classical station and I really enjoyed carrying on a conversation while it played in the background.

How does this relate to studying? Well think about it…if that music is helpful for conversation and brain stimulation, doesn’t it make sense that it would help to keep you focused  (the random sounds of pets or children or doors opening would not be so distracting) and awaken your brain to “listening” to the study material just like it awakens the brain to discussions in a car!

It is that ENGAGEMENT that is so critical to learning. This six minute TED talk should inspire many teachers and encourage students to share this video with teachers who might benefit from the PROCESS of learning ENGAGEMENT TECHNIQUES!

Engaged students LEARN!