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What’s your name?…Are you sure? 6 Strategies to Develop Trust When You Introduce Yourself Nov 06, 2020

My name is Christal-Lynn Reed. Most people call me Christal; however, my parents and those influenced by my parents call me Christal-Lynn. I can count on less than one hand the number of times someone has spelled my name correctly the first time in my whole life, as there are several spelling...

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8 Strategies to Create Meaningful Connections in Your On-line Meetings (or Wearing a Mask) Nov 06, 2020

Are you wondering how on-line meetings and masks are effecting your relationships? My clients have expressed concerns about diminished clarity and connections with others. 

I am also concerned about the ability of my favourite people - hard-working, advanced English-speaking engineers...

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10 Recommendations to Help You ENJOY Reading in English Oct 05, 2020

Aaaah, the joy of relaxing with a good book. We tend to read for pleasure at the end of the day when our work is done. We want the story to take us to new places and introduce us to new peoples. A good book helps us forget about the ‘to do’ lists, problems, and deadline issues of the...

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Your Accent is Your Gift Oct 05, 2020

You wonder why your advanced level of English does not seem to be enough to propel your career forward, and you think it is because of your accent.

 But it’s not!

 Your accent is your gift to your employer and your community – a gift that tells the world that you are...

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A Tale of Two Engineers – An Ethical Quandary Sep 14, 2020

Once upon a time, there were two engineers named “Confident” and “Agitated”. Both engineers were very passionate about being ethical; however, while one faced no challenges, dilemmas, or conflicts related to ethics, the other certainly did.  What is the difference...

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27 Ways to Say, “You’re Wrong!” and Still Be Friends Aug 31, 2020

My clients tell me, their employers tell me, and others tell me that non-native English-speaking professionals are reticent to tell anyone that they’re wrong. I get it! Nobody wants to offend colleagues, clients, and other stakeholders. However, as an engineer you bring strengths to the...

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Have you Crossed the Last Milestone in English? Aug 17, 2020

Can you tell a good joke?  English humour is the last milestone for most English speakers.  Why do we care if we understand the joke? Well, for sure – nobody wants to be left out of the joke. It can feel awkward when we don’t “get” the joke.

How does...

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How to Present Like a Thought-leader – Regardless of Your English Level Aug 03, 2020

At the end of your engineering presentations, what happens when you ask if there are any comments or questions? Is there silence? 

Presentations, in the broader sense, include much more than standing in front of a group of people and offering a monologue of your thoughts.  Presentations...

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Are you observer, yes-man, nay-sayer, or thought leader at meetings? engineers leaders meetings Jul 25, 2020

Are you the observer, the yes-man, the nay-sayer, or the thought leader at meetings?

Meetings create opportunities to influence others. to make decisions, or to solve problems? Each person in the discussion has a role to play in reaching the objectives. Forget about your title for a moment. What...

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Did you know that vowels hold the emotion of the language? clarity engineers vowels Jul 18, 2020

Did you know that vowels hold the emotion of the language? The problem is that vowels can be so tricky to master for non-native English speakers, can’t they?  Here is one simple strategy you can implement to shift your clarity.

Often times the non-native speakers aren’t giving...

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How can we express empathy? clarity engineers meaningful connections Jul 11, 2020

How can we express empathy? What are the vocal variety mechanics for this particular emotion? 

Even if we are advanced speakers of English, these complex emotions can be challenging to convey authentically.

Try saying:  I didn’t know how to handle the situation /\ without hurting...

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Why Engineers Should Improve Their Rhythm & Stress – Even If They Already Speak Clearly clarity engineering leadership Jul 04, 2020

Whether we are communicating in song, poetry, or prose, the meaning of words is deepened by the rhythm of the delivery. These rhythms are created with patterns.

Communication patterns are pervasive because they create efficiencies and a standardized quality in the delivery of our message, similar...

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