Hats off to Harry - born to be Royal

12-Nov-2018 / by Emma Serlin posted in Tips, talk, LSW Founder 'insights', communication, Resources, public speaking, presentations, effective communication, confidence, elocution, body language

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Prince Harry used to be the naughty prince, the nation’s younger brother, who was known more for his passion for partying than for typically Royal behaviour. 

And yet after some hair raising times in his twenties, he has stepped confidently into his role, using his position to give a voice to many who have been sidelined, disenfranchised or forgotten. He has done so with responsibility, grace, good will and a gentle determination, which reminds many of his mother. So what can we learn from his communication style?

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Power poses: the body language of winners

29-Sep-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in body language, confidence, effective communication, olympics, power pose, Resources

With their arms raised skywards, fingers pointing and chests out, the Rio 2016 Olympians showed us some great examples of amazing power poses.

Thinking back on the games, it’s easy to find oneself gasping at the sheer talent and determination of the athletes on display. The Olympics give us an opportunity to watch people who are trained to push themselves to their limits, every nuance of their being angled towards success, and of course, winning.

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Empower your speech by using vowels

12-Sep-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in babies, shakespeare, Accent softening, effective communication, elocution, Hamlet, presentations, public speaking, Resources, vowels

The delivery of what you say can make all the difference in how your audience remembers you - for both the right and wrong reasons!

Remember that lacklustre speech you endured that almost sent you sleep? Believe it or not, it could have all been down to the vowels...

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How to warm up your voice like a professional

12-Sep-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in elocution, Resources

Merriam Webster’s dictionary describes elocution as the study of how to speak clearly and in a way that is effective and socially acceptable. But before we focus on precise articulation and pronunciation, we must focus on a suitable warm up for our vocal cords. A professional athlete would not start a race without some dynamic stretches, so we too must put the muscles we use for speech and producing voice through their paces to make sure they work efficiently and effectively.

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5 Top tips for making a good first impression

12-Sep-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in Interview technique, Resources

First impressions make a lasting impression, or so the saying goes. Which means it’s extra important to get that first moment of meeting just right to win people over.

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The seven seconds you most need to understand

14-Jun-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in effective communication, Resources

Treat dictionaries and encyclopaedias as biblical texts all you like, but at the end of the day even the most impressive of vocabularies won’t make up for lacklustre body language. Research has shown that 60 to 90 percent of communication is nonverbal, which means that facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture and tone of voice speak louder than words. From meeting new friends to corporate introductions, body language is a hugely influential social medium, and has serious sway when it comes to first impressions.

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If The Queen were my client

28-Apr-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in effective communication, Resources

So, this week it was our Queen’s 90th birthday. It therefore seems a good time to look at one of the most iconic voices of the last 63 years, both for us Brits, and for the worldwide audience. The queen, whilst not the most impressive of communicators, is unique in her pulling power to generate a huge audience for any given speech, and most famously of course, her traditional Christmas broadcast.

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The King’s Speech and the Serlin Method™ for powerful communication

18-Apr-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in effective communication, Resources

I watched The King’s Speech again a couple of nights ago. Such a lovely film. When it first came out and I told people what I did, they would say “Like the King’s Speech?”

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How the Serlin Method™ for accent softening was born

4-Apr-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in Accent softening, Resources

Before I set up London Speech Workshop I had never heard of Accent Softening. So I was even more surprised when I realised that for many non-native speakers, the experience of having an accent can be really challenging.

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The P.O.W.E.R. KEY: 5 how to’s for powerful speeches

24-Mar-2016 / by Emma Serlin posted in effective communication, Resources

This week’s blog post is on the P.O.W.E.R KEY: 5 how to’s for powerful presentations and speeches. For those of you that missed it, it was the subject of the webinar I delivered last week and I thought I’d give you a little taste here as well. I’ve also included links to some great TED talks that are linked to the P.O.W.E.R KEY. I hope you enjoy it!

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