List: Search to Share Ideas and Goals

Principles for Successful Economic and Educational Collaboration

  • List: Search for others who Share the Goal or Complementary or Supplementary Goals.

Now is the key to a successful collaboration. Find and offer to assist others who share your interests OR who complement (add to your Core Goal) OR supplement (add to Similar Topics) your goal.

Join FB groups, or go to Google Hangouts, join a MOOC or a Fanzine or YouTube channel…Tweet or Link or Hang or Post wherever you might find others who can help you, or who need your help.

Learn some skills and techniques you all can use and that brings us to the next Principle for Successful Economic and Educational Collaboration.

Next step…Content:

  • Concept: Record Thoughts, Considerations, Questions, Methods and Skills to Accomplish it.
  • List:
  • Content: Acquire Cultural, Political, and Scientific Knowledge and Opinions/Methods
  • Evaluation: Devise Time and Methods for Group and/or Self-Evaluation and Goal Setting
  • Collaboration: Are You a Valuable Member of a Group as well as an Interesting Individual?
  • Product: Physical, or Digital? Research/Coaching/Curation–(21st Century Plastic)

Stage Fright is Real, but we can help!


You might have STAGE TERROR!

You might have STAGE TERROR!


One simple exercise will help you overcome that terror and start gaining confidence in your gestures, your stage presence and your smile!

Before you start, let me explain why you fail. In front of an audience, you are trying to do two things (or more) at once and your brain is refusing to cooperate. By being afraid, you activate the most primitive part of your brainstem that lizards used millions of years ago to maximize their chance of escape from predators.

That response takes away every bit of power that you have to concentrate on anything except FIGHT OR FLIGHT. You really lose the ability to do anything else! No wonder choke situations get avoided whenever possible, but avoidance sometimes only delays things and makes them worse. If you are committing to learning public speaking, give yourself a chance. It won’t be immediate, but it will improve. Your goal is to prepare your gestures and your smile so that you can concentrate on your topics and not on your smile.

Multi-Tasking is NEVER real…What we call multitasking is really SWITCH-TASKING very quickly. Sure it is possible to walk and talk at the same time, but that is because walking is something we have done since we were about one year old in most cases. When was the last time you had to THINK about walking ? I can tell you…it is when the sidewalk was icy or wet or the stairs or ladder were really steep, and you had to pay attention! When you did think about your walking, you didn’t chat with anyone and you didn’t sing or listen to any radio either! You focused all your attention on getting off that slippery patch before you fell down hard.

Let’s take that and apply it to Public Speaking…So you get up on stage and have to think about your speech and you haven’t developed habitual gestures and you panic. All your concentration fled from your prepared speech and was focused on how to get off that stage or beat up anyone who tried to talk to you!

You really don’t know if your smile looks like the top picture or the bottom one below:

AND YOU DON’T CARE if you aren’t prepared…you just want to get finished and get off that stage and back to safety…How do I know? I was there (on more than one occasion) Standing in front of an audience was almost always followed by breaking into tears for me! Now an audience is always welcome.

gestures2          smileted

So spend a little time smiling at yourself in the mirror or a video camera (better, because you will be able to see the improvement if you actually record it) That is all…just learn how to smile sincerely by thinking of something pleasant…ice cream still works for me, but you can choose anything at all that makes you happy. Become confident that you can smile sincerely and we will be ready for the next step to speaking success.

You KNOW when your smile is sincere when you look in the mirror, but now you want to be able to trust your smile when an audience is looking at you. THINK OF ICE CREAM and SMILE CONFIDENTLY!

Smiling is the key to successful communication…see all those entertainers with their perpetual smiles? Well, that can become work if you take it too far, but communicators need confidence…not only in their smile, but also their GESTURES. Literally as Simple as ABC!

For this ABC Simple Lesson:

Contact me at (SpeakerMentors at Gmail dot com) with the @ and . symbols…

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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!