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Clear Diction. What is it and why do I need it?

29th Mar 2021

Clear diction isn’t just speaking clearly, it is articulating the sounds in each word clearly. It is the difference between ‘Kinda’ and the actual true and correct ‘Kind of’. Dunno – Don’t know. Gunna – going to. Wanna – want to. It’s the difference between unprofessional and professional speech. It is important if you want to sound like you know what you are talking about, even if you don’t. It adds credibility and authority to your communications especially if you’re not 100% confident. In speech terms it’s called ‘lazy’, you can’t be bothered opening your mouth wide enough to get the end of words and explosive consonants (T, D) out clearly because it does take just that little bit more of an effort.


It could be the difference between being the stand out in an interview, or when you are asking for a pay rise, if a promotion is up. While I may sound old and ‘not with it’ consider who it is offering you the job or who will authorise the pay rise or give the promotion. Consider your competition; what have they got to offer that you don’t? If you feel you are on-par with them then what are you going to have to stand out from the others?


Being able to articulate yourself professionally and rationally (especially during highly stressful times) is one of the top emotional intelligence competencies.  In the past, a lot of the emphasis when evaluating potential performance has been on intellectual capacity, now research has indicated that EI is what differentiates the outstanding performers from the rest.  Is that you? Do you feel at the top of your game in terms of speech and communication? If you feel you could do with some tidying up of your diction, and speech in general there are a few simple exercises you can do to help with clear diction. There are free resources on the home page of Say It Clearly Courses website You could also book a time to talk and receive a free analysis of what you should focus on to improve.

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Imposter syndrome.

15th Mar 2021

This is my challenge to myself, beat that beast. This is what it looks like to me - “who am I to be giving all this speech, speaking and communication advice and other stuff?” *Well. Um. Look. See. So.* At the moment I’m doing a lot of training for people in business for greater productivity and better results at the end of the day, right?* 

Having been in education for nearly 30 years, in business for 18 years (on and off). taught in NZ, the UK and at Toitu, Early Settlers Museum Dunedin. I also consult and advise in the early childhood sector as well as work in an online capacity for those at a distance to me. Children at the schools who run the online programme are lucky enough to have my daily speech lessons in their class. Small groups of teenagers have attended classes to assist with anxiety.

If you didn’t know already, I have published a book, won an award and featured in the media.

This is actually just a reminder to myself that I have done some things and I do have some knowledge, to keep that imposter syndrome at bay.

If this resonates with you too, the best tip to help with this is learning the correct method of breathing. The second best tip is to remember your accomplishments to remind yourself of how far you have come. Thirdly, reward yourself, especially small rewards, for every challenge you overcome.

What are your top ‘bes’ if imposter syndrome isn't it?  

Be heard 

Be understood  

Be respected 

Be appreciated 

Be approached 

Be confident

All of these can be attributed to how you speak and how you communicate. Enrol in Say It Clearly school (it’s free) to find the best course to achieve your ‘be’. All week we will be giving to someone you nominate, the same course that you get #get1give1. 

Since I don’t know everything (nearly though) I do have some help. I'm going to be introducing them via the marvellous channel of social media so come meet them. 


*tropes and fillers to try and cover up nerves or lack of confidence. 



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International Women’s Day was yesterday. Let’s celebrate for the week.

8th Mar 2021


The challenges historically women have faced, and present day have been phenomenal. We are slowly chipping away at archaic notions of women’s ability to achieve, in whatever area we choose to achieve in. It’s hard to fathom what our forebears have had to put up with to get where we are today so let's celebrate their lives - here’s to the women who have shaped our country, our present and you, into the person with the opportunities you have today. Give them a nod of recognition (or even a hug). Cheers.


As the KIND women group ask frequently, are we there yet? No. But we’ve sure come a long way and we really must pause to acknowledge the successes of the past and present. Today, we have great representation of women in positions of leadership in Southland. Central government, local government, the media, business. Leaders, inspirational, mentors.


#ChooseToChallenge is the # for the international Women’s Day organisation.

 “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let's all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

IWD sees a number of missions to help forge a gender equal world.

  • Celebrating women's achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality, is key
  • Celebrate women in tech and innovation.
  • Increase visibility of women creatives
  • forge women’s empowerment worldwide
  • applaud equality for women in sport
  • educate women on health decisions
  • build inclusive workplaces so women can thrive”

What will you choose to celebrate and challenge? For me, celebrating the women who worked their backsides off so my life could have more ease that they ever did.

And, supporting women to find their voice (of course) is my challenge and I accept it. Educating  women (any age) of the strategies and techniques to be heard, be understood, be appreciated, be respected and be approached.

Here’s to celebrating and challenging not just this week but always.



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